Hanami in Edo
With so many parks and gardens with cherry trees, it is difficult to pick where to visit to see them! Our Travel Angel Laetitia recommend the best hanami spots in Tokyo!
- Yanaka Cemetery
Formerly attached to Tenno-ji Temple, the place was declared public following the Meiji Restoration (1868), to create a clear separation between Buddhism and Shintoism. Located near Nippori and Ueno, the cemetery covers an area of 10 hectares and contains 7,000 graves. The last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837-1913) and the famous writer Ichiyo Higuchi figure ticket 5000 yen, are even buried there! The main path through the garden of souls, Sakura dori, is lined with cherry blossoms: admire them as you stroll up to Ueno.
- Meguro River and Naka-Meguro
Setagaya Ward invites you to enjoy another walk under the cherry blossoms, the blossoms intertwined with lanterns. From Ikejiri-bashi Bridge to the Kame no Kobashi, there are 800 yoshino cherry trees competing to impress the crowds. Although there is no park near Meguro River, you can enjoy this relaxing four kilometer walk along the river, under the cherry trees. When day turns to night, lanterns illuminate the blossoms. This "night hanami" is known as yozakura, or night sakura (17:00-21:00).
East Area Festival (Spring Festival), on the 1st and 2nd April 2017; Naka-Meguro Sakura Festival, April 2, 2017
- Kanda River
Following through Tokyo for 24.6 kilometers, the Kanda River is lined with sakura. Near Edogawabashi station, 230 cherry trees form a woodland path along the water to Shinjuku, via Higashi Nagano. It is a quiet spot, through residential areas, for those who want to escape the crowds of hanami.
- Kinuta Park
A secret spot in Setagaya Ward, Kinuta Park is ideal for picnics with family or friends. The park covers 39 hectares, where some 840 cherry trees grow: yoshino, mountain cherry trees, weeping cherry trees, Oshima cherry trees and Kanzan cherry trees. Don't miss the oldest cherry tree in the park, it's a majestic sight.
The fifth largest park in the city, the atmosphere during cherry blossom season here is very lively. The buds of the cherry blossoms are out in the month of February. Admire the 700 cherry trees in the park whilst enjoying a bento in the central square. If you listen carefully, you'll even hear the birds singing.
Opened in 1946, the garden has existed since the seventeenth century. Former property of the Tokugawa family, the gardens are surrounded by a moat filled with seawater. The garden is divided into two parts: the southern part, dating from the Edo period (1603-1868) includes a lagoon that fills with water at high tide, and the northern part, built in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Enjoy the rows of cherry blossoms with light reflecting from the water from the bridge over the pond. And don't miss the 300 year-old pine trees, planted by the sixth shogun Tokugawa Ienobu (1662-1712).
Open from 9:00 to 17:00, entrance fee 300 yen
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