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In Tokyo there are many beautiful Japanese style gardens and parks that are stunning all on their own, however when you cover these with attractive pink cherry blossoms it takes it to a whole new level. In the spring there is an explosion of color with the arrival of the cherry blossoms.
Here are some of the best places to look for sakura(cherry blossom)
- UENO PARK SAKURA MATSURI :Also the most popular place to view Cherry blossoms in Tokyo and with over 1000 trees at its peak in early April is actually seems like it is snowing with cherry blossom at times.The blossoms are only in bloom for a brief two-week window. Therefore, many will flock at once to secure a spot at the park or to simply admire the natural beauty along the paths and take photos. Conveniently located across the street from JR Ueno Station, entry to the park is free.
- Rikugien Garden:A huge Traditional Japanese sty;e garden with a central pond, islands, forested areas, man made hills and several tea houses. In the Spring time the large weeping cherry blossoms are lit up at night with gorgeous lighting.
- Meiji Shrine/ Yoyogi Park:Over 600 cherry trees, offering pleasant picnic opportunities. A few food stands are available. The park gets closed during the night.
- Happo-en Gardens:Located in Tokyo’s fashionable Shirokanedai district, Happo-en whose name means Garden of eight views has maintained the natural beauty of Edo thru the centuries, in the spring time the entire gardens are covered with cherry blossoms.
- Hama-Rikyu Garden:Located alongside Tokyo Bay, with a Seawater ponds. The garden of a feudal lord’s residence during the Edo Period, is one of Tokyo’s most attractive landscape gardens.
- Sumida River Park:Hundreds of trees line both sides of the Sumida River, best viewed by river cruise at nights as the trees are lit up by colorful lights.
- Chidorigafuchi Koen: located near Yasukini Shrine, the cherry trees line the moats around the former Edo castle.
- Koishikawa Botanical Gardens & Korakuen:Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo’s oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens. Popular for its Large weeping Cherry Trees which line the park.
- Inokashira Park: Located near Kichioji (West Tokyo) the park is centered around a large pond, which offer boat rentals in oder to view the cherry blossom from the water.
- Shinjuku Gyoen:There is a fee to enter the park, however with the large area it is one of the quiet and peaceful parks in Tokyo.
- Naka Meguro:This place has lot to offer you, Nakameguro is a well-known home to chic restaurants and shops. The Meguro-gawa River flowing through this residential district is one of Tokyo’s most famous hanami spots. Some 800 trees lining a 3.8-kilometer-long section of the banks form a pale pink arch that appears to be absorbed into the river. The sight is such a beauty that passersby can’t help stopping to take a picture. During the Nakameguro Sakura-matsuri Festival in early April, paper lanterns are lit and the trees between Tenjin-bashi Bridge and Horai-bashi Bridge are illuminated, allowing a quiet night out for yozakura.