Cherry Blossom Tokyo 2023
1) Sumida Park
It is said that the trees were planted by order of the 4th shogun, Tokugawa Ietsuna, in the Edo period. In 1717, the 8th shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune, planted 100 additional cherry trees. Currently, about 300 cherry trees are planted on the Sumida Ward side, and about 600 on the Taito Ward side on the opposite bank. You can enjoy the collaboration with the Tokyo Sky Tree, where cherry blossom trees stretch for about 1km on both sides of the Sumida River.
– Nearest public transportation: 2-minute walk from Tobu Railway, Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway Asakusa Station
2) Meguro River Banks
The Meguro Ward cherry tree area is lined with about 800 Somei Yoshino cherry blossom trees for about 4 km from the vicinity of Ikejiri-Ohashi Station, and upstream from Naka-Meguro Station, cherry blossoms cover the river in an arch form from the left and right banks.
March 26, 2023 (Sun) Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival, April 1 (Sat) and 2 (Sun) Meguro East Area Cherry Blossom Festival
– Nearest public transportation: About 10 minutes on foot from JR Meguro Station, a short walk from Tokyu Ikejiri Ohashi Station, a short walk from Tokyu/Tokyo Metro Nakameguro Station
3) Old Nakagawa Waterfront Park
The downstream part of the Naka River, which is divided by the Arakawa Discharge Channel, is called the Old Naka River, and is bordered by Edogawa Ward on the east side of the river, and Sumida Ward and Koto Ward on the west side. The three wards are planting cherry blossoms with their own characteristics so that each riverside will be a famous cherry blossom viewing spot. In Sumida Ward, the riverbed is maintained as a park, and not only Someiyoshino but also Kawazuzakura, Omoigawa, Youko, Kanzan, Fugenzo, Ichiyo, and Oyamazakura. , Sendai weeping, and 256 cherry trees of 9 varieties, from early blooming to late blooming, are planted.
– Nearest public transportation: 10-minute walk from Higashi-Azuma Station on the Tobu Railway Kameido Line
It is a 700-meter promenade that runs along Kitanomaru Park from Yasukuni Dori. About 260 cherry trees, including someiyoshino, are planted along the street, and you can see the cherry blossoms in full bloom from late March to early April.
– Nearest public transportation: 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Station Exit 5, or a 5-minute walk from Kudanshita Station Exit 2
5) Shinjuku Gyoen
There are about 70 kinds of cherry blossoms in the park, so you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing for more than two months, starting with Kanzakura. Single-flowering species such as wild cherry blossoms in late March, ichiyo in early April, and double-flowering species such as kanzan in mid- to late-April open their buds one after another, adding vivid color to the park. Also famous for the controversial “Sakurawomirukai” by Shinzo Abe.
– Nearest public transportation: 5 minutes walk from Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station
A feudal lord’s garden with a circuit style Tsukiyama Fountain built by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, a servant of the 5th Shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, based on the taste of Japanese poetry. In 1953, it was designated as a national special scenic spot. The weeping cherry tree that looks like a falling waterfall is a must-see.
– Nearest public transportation: 7-minute walk from Komagome Station on the JR/Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, 10-minute walk from Sengoku Station on the Toei Mita Line
7) Komatsugawa 1,000 Sakura
Approximately 1,000 cherry blossom trees, known as the “Komatsugawa Senbonzakura”, are in full bloom along the Arakawa River near Oshima Komatsugawa Park, stretching approximately 2km north to south. While strolling along the river, you can enjoy more than 10 types of cherry blossoms, including someiyoshino cherry blossoms, Oshima cherry blossoms, and wild cherry blossoms.
– Nearest public transportation: 5-minute walk from Toei Subway Higashi-Ojima Station
A) Mitsuike Park (Kanagawa)
It has been selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossoms, and more than 1,000 cherry blossoms bloom at different times, starting with the cold cherry blossoms that bloom in mid-February, coloring the area.
– Nearest public transportation: 10 minutes walk from JR Tsurumi Station by bus bound for Mitsuike Park. About 15 minutes by bus bound for Shin-Yokohama Station from JR Tsurumi Station, get off at Mitsuike Park Kitamon and walk 3 minutes
B) Sakuma Dam (Chiba)
About 2,000 cherry trees (early blooming Yoritomo cherry blossoms, Yoshino cherry trees, etc.) are in full bloom around the Sakuma Dam in the mountains. A water park is also maintained, making it ideal for picnics and hiking. The Yoritomo Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from February 11 (holiday) to March 12 (Sun), 2023, and the Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from March 18 (Sat) to April 9 (Sun).
– Nearest public transportation: About 35 minutes by bus from JR Awa-Katsuyama Station, get off at Sakuma Dam Entrance
C) Omiya Park (Saitama)
Known as the prefectural park with the most users in Saitama Prefecture, it is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in the prefecture where old cherry trees bloom in profusion in the spring. The tunnel of about 1,000 cherry blossom trees in the vast grounds blessed with nature creates a wonderful scenery that dyes the sky pink.
– Nearest public transportation: 20 minutes walk from JR Omiya Station, 10 minutes walk from Tobu Urban Park Line Omiya Koen Station
D) Mt. Akagi South Face (Gunma)
Chosen as one of the “Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites”, it is visited by many tourists every year and is one of Maebashi’s most famous cherry blossom viewing spots. Including the adjacent Miyagi Senbonzakura Forest Park, over 1,000 cherry trees are in full bloom along the row of trees called Akagi Minami Senbonzakura. From April 1st (Sat) to April 16th (Sun), 2023, the Akagi Minami Senbonzakura Festival will be held. During the cherry blossom festival, it is lit up from sunset to 9:30 pm.
– Nearest public transportation: None
E) Sankeien (Kanagawa)
The 175,000-square-meter garden is dotted with 17 historical buildings from Kyoto, Kamakura, and other places, including a three-storied pagoda. The cherry blossoms planted to surround Oike are reflected on the surface of the water, and even after they have fallen, the petals form flower rafts that float in the air. In addition, cherry blossoms are planted along the roads in the surrounding area, and the scenery outside the park is also spectacular. Cherry blossoms and historical buildings are also illuminated. From morning to night, enjoy the cherry blossom scenery full of Japanese atmosphere with the atmosphere of an ancient city that you can’t imagine being in Yokohama.
– Nearest public transportation: From JR Negishi Station, take the Yokohama Municipal Bus 58/101 and get off at Honmoku, then walk for 10 minutes.
F) Historic Odawara Castle Park (Kanagawa)
Historic Odawara Castle Park, a nationally designated historic site, is known as a cherry blossom viewing spot and is the center of tourism in Odawara, where many events are held throughout the year. During the cherry blossom season, it is lit up after sunset.
– Nearest public transportation: A 10-minute walk from Odawara Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen, JR, Odakyu Electric Railway, Izu Hakone Railway Daiyuzan Line, and Hakone Tozan Railway
G) Sagamiko Resort Forest (Kanagawa)
The Sagamiko Cherry Blossom Festival is a hands-on cherry blossom viewing event where you can enjoy 2,500 cherry blossom trees, one of the largest in the Kanto region, from various angles and in various situations. At the restaurant “Wild Dining” in the center of the park, you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing while eating from the wide open window, and “Flying cherry blossom viewing” as if you are flying over the cherry blossoms in the park’s ride “Pairlift”. , At the screaming suspension bridge “Futen”, you can enjoy athletics while watching the cherry blossoms up close under your eyes. The Sagamiko Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from March 18th (Sat) to April 16th (Sun), 2023. In addition, until May 7, 2023 (Sun), the “Yozakura Illumillion” will be held where you can see the competition between 6 million illuminations and cherry blossoms.
– Nearest public transportation: Take a bus from JR Sagamiko Station and get off at Pleasure Forest Mae
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