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Tokyo Cherry Blossom 2025 - How to Plan a Perfect Sakura Trip

By Ruru ZhouUpdated Jun. 9, 2024

In 2025, cherry blossom in Tokyo is forecast to bloom around late March to early April, but the exact date varies depending on the weather conditions. 

The cherry blossom season in Japan is truly the best time to visit. You would witness streets and parks covered in beautiful flowers, creating an unforgettable, quintessential Japanese experience. However, this is also the most crowded time to visit Japan. Read below for more information on Tokyo's best cherry blossom spots with visiting tips.  

Meguro River Cherry Blossoms, Tokyo

Choose the Best Time to Visit Tokyo for the Cherry Blossom

Tokyo's Sakura season falls between late March and early April, but the exact date varies each year according to the weather. The full blooms only stay for 3-5 days, so whether you can enjoy the most spectacular scenery all depends on your luck and the weather. Nevertheless, visiting around this period will allow you to see the cherry blossoms more or less. 

If you find yourself arriving early or late for peak blooms, Tokyo offers both early and late-blooming cherry blossom varieties. Some bloom as early as March while others flower well into mid-April.  Therefore, whether you visit in March or April, you will see some cherry blossoms in Tokyo. 

Select Your Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms

During Japan's cherry blossom season, you won't need to worry about not being able to find a good enough place to see the splendid scenery. There are a lot of beautiful spots to explore in Tokyo: parks, streets, the riverside, etc. So you won't miss it. But if you want to enjoy the best scenery, you should visit some of Tokyo's renowned locations. Below is a list of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, including features of each place.

1. Chidorigafuchi

Chidorigafuchi cherry blossom, Tokyo
  • Features: rowing boats to view the riverside cherry blossoms close up
  • Number of cherry trees: 200+
  • Best viewing time: Early April

We suggest all travelers visit this area for its unique scenery and the unique boat-rowing experience that it offers. Its cherry blossom scenery is one of the symbols of Japan's cherry blossom season. Many magical photos of the fairy-like cherry blossoms have been captured at this location.

It has a 200-meter (660-foot) promenade near the Imperial Palace. About 250 sakura trees line both sides of the moat with the branches hanging over the water. Cherry trees there are so dense that when viewed from above, both sides of the moat are shrouded in a canopy of flowers.

You could rent a boat to paddle on your own along the moat to get close to the cherry blossoms. You could enjoy the beautiful views while having some traditional Japanese snacks. It would be an unforgettable Japanese experience.

Travel tips:

  • Arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Otherwise, you may need to queue for about half an hour to rent a boat
  • In the evening, witness the illuminated trees, which create a truly enchanting scene from about 6pm to 8pm.

2. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen cherry Sakura
  • Features: a large, peaceful natural garden, ideal for nature lovers and families
  • Number of cherry trees: 1000+
  • Best viewing time: Early April

If you prefer to see the cherry blossoms in a large and quiet park, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is your best choice. This expansive park offers a tranquil atmosphere, providing a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. You could take a picnic mat and some food to enjoy on the vast grassy lawn within the park, or simply take a leisurely stroll among the blooming trees.

The park has the longest period of cherry blossoms in Japan, as it has both some of the earliest and the latest blooming cherry trees. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a good hanami destination for those who miss the main season by a week or two.

Travel Tips

  • The park closes at night so there are no evening views of cherry blossoms.
  • The only option for food and drink in the park is Starbucks but be prepared for a wait of about an hour for your order.
  • Alcohol is not permitted during your picnic in the park

3. Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade

Cherry blossoms night view
  • Features: the most spectacular place to view cherry blossoms at night
  • Number of cherry trees: 800+
  • Blooming time: from early April

Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade is renowned for its stunning night views of cherry blossoms. At night, the surroundings are illuminated by pink lanterns, creating a magical glow over the cherry blossoms cascading into the river. However, it is also a bit crowded at night.

This is a 4-km (2½-mile) relaxing walk alongside the Meguro River, which is lined with cherry trees. You could walk along the path for about an hour or so. There are several bridges to cross over and a lot of good shops and eateries lining the river.

Travel tips:

  • Avoid the crowds by staying away from the immediate area around Nakameguro Station or visiting during the early morning for a less crowded stroll.
  • The pink-lantern-illuminated path extends from Ikejiri-Ōhashi Station to Meguro Station. The illuminated time is from 5pm to 8pm.

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4. Ueno Park

Ueno Park in spring
  • Features: Tokyo's most popular and bustling park for cherry blossoms
  • Numbers of cherry trees: 1,000+
  • Bloom time: early April

Ueno Park is the most popular, but also most crowded, park where you could view cherry blossoms in Tokyo. With over 1,000 cherry trees alongside the park's pathways, the scenery is truly breathtaking. You would see lots of people, mostly Japanese, gathering to have picnics under the cherry trees. Groups of men in suits, young girls dressed for work, and older men each sit on picnic mats with lots of food and drinks.

This park also offers splendid nighttime views. When the lanterns are lit in the evening, the scenery is spectacular. The nighttime views are seen from 6pm or 7pm to 10pm.

As well as the Sakura, Ueno Park boasts an array of attractions, including a zoo, museums, a concert hall, numerous dining options, temples, and the picturesque Shinobazu Pond featuring paddle boats.

Travel tips:

  • The park is particularly crowded at weekends.
  • To view the cherry blossoms at night, you should stay in a hotel that is close to the park. There are lots of hotels to choose from.
  • The park is a few steps from Ueno Station, so it is easy to find and get to.

5. Sumida Park

Sumida Park
  • Features: cherry blossoms with Tokyo Skytree in the background

Sumida Park is a peaceful riverside park along the Sumida River. The riverside walkway is lined with cherry trees. When walking along the riverside walkway, you could have a great view of the cityscape and the iconic Tokyo Skytree. The exquisite scene of cherry blossoms against the backdrop of Tokyo Skytree is truly magnificent.

You could also take a boat cruise along the river to enjoy the cherry blossoms in the park. Additionally, the trees are illuminated at night, providing a captivating sight.

Other places to see cherry blossoms include Koishikawa Botanical Gardens, the Kanda River, Sakurazaka Street, Yoyoji Park, Koishikawa Korakuen, and Inokashira Park.

Tips for Planning Your Cherry Blossom Trip to Tokyo

Mount Fuji with cherry blossoms

The cherry blossom season from late March to early April is definitely one of the best times to visit Tokyo, Japan. However, this is also the busiest travel time. Below, we offer you some tips to help you plan a memorable trip to Japan.

Allow for a Flexible Schedule

You might not be able to see the cherry blossoms at their peak in certain places. However, you are likely to find them in bloom somewhere during the dates above. Therefore, having a flexible schedule is very important.

Weather conditions, such as cold spells, warm fronts, rain, or wind, might affect the best blossom spots, so you may need to travel to other locations.

If you travel with us and miss the full blooming time in Tokyo, we would arrange for you to take day trips to the mountains, such as Mount Fuji, or to neighboring prefectures, such as Yamanashi, where the cherry blossoms bloom later.

Expect Japan to Cost More Than at Other Times

The cherry blossom season tends to be the most expensive time to visit Japan. Flights priced from mid-March to early April are several hundred dollars more than flights in early March. Hotels and ryokans are, in some cases, triple the cost compared with other times.

However, the breathtaking scenery is worth the extra cost, although you need to be prepared in advance.

Prepare for Large Crowds

Don't be surprised when you see crowds at parks or any other places where sakura trees have been planted. It is also crowded at train stations. Be patient and allow yourself plenty of extra time when traveling from place to place.

Book at Least 6 Months in Advance

The sakura season is very popular, so book at least 6 months in advance to ensure that you enjoy your preferred hotels and activities.

Japan Cherry Blossom

Let Us Help You Plan a Cherry Blossom Trip to Japan

A journey to Japan during the Cherry Blossom season is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you missed the 2024 season, 2025 is definitely the ideal time to visit. Contact us to arrange a memorable Cherry Blossom trip to Japan.

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