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Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

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6 Jan 20201,3611

The land of the rising sun is known for many attractions, fresh produce and seafood, jaw-dropping architecture and excellent hospitality. One principal attraction that has thousands of travellers visiting Japan in spring is none other than the Japanese Cherry Blossom, or Sakura.

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Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020
Check Out These FREE Sakura Spots in Tokyo
1. Ueno Onshi Park
2. Asukayama Park
3. Inokashira Park
4. Chidorigafuchi
5. Sumida Park
6. Meguro River
7. Yoyogi Park
8. Yanaka Cemetery

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

Each year during Spring, thousands of tourists flock to Japan to marvel at the whimsical spectacle of these white and pink gifts from mother nature.

During the cherry blossom season, one can expect to savour various spring and sakura-themed foods.

Japanese families also welcome the blooming season with hanami, which is a Japanese traditional custom of viewing and enjoying the beauty of the sakura over good food, drinks and the company of their kin and kith. This practice is many centuries old. It is a time for bonding over nature's greatest gifts.

If promenading through sakura trees while enjoying local delicacies sounds like fun to you. Make sure you read on for some tips!

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

Cherry blossoms typically start to bloom at the end of March in southern parts of Japan like Kyushu and make their way northward to Hokkaido in early May.

On average, the blooming seasons in Japan’s major cities are as follows:

Average Flowering Date to Full Bloom Date

1. Tokyo: March 26 ~ April 3

2. Osaka: March 28 ~ April 5

3. Kyoto: March 28 ~ April 5

4. Hiroshima: March 27 ~ April 4

5. Sapporo : May 3 ~ May 7

6. Hakodate: April 30 ~ May 7

Most flowers take at least a week to reach full bloom. Full bloom also lasts for only a week. That gives visitors about two weeks to catch the sakura before they start to fall.

While blooming periods change slightly from year to year, planning around the average blooming dates could help you better plan your trip.

Instead of having to pay entrance fees to a Japanese garden to view these magnificent faunae up close, why not just head to these free viewing spots in Tokyo?

Check Out These FREE Sakura Spots in Tokyo

As its capital city, Tokyo is Japan's most populous metropolis with a plethora of Spring activities. From promenading through Sakura fields to indulging in Spring delights, Tokyo is a busy but vibrant city with activities for every type of traveller.

If you are thinking of partaking the hanami in Tokyo, we have handpicked eight places where you can admire scenic sakura. Best of all, they are absolutely free of charge!

1. Ueno Onshi Park

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

A public park located in the Ueno area in Northern Tokyo, Ueno Onshi Park, or just “Ueno Park,” was one of the first public parks in Japan founded during the early Meiji Period (1868-1912). It is home to various major museums.

History aside, Ueno Park is also a popular tourist destination for hanami. During the sakura season, the park is littered with gorgeous pink and white sakura. Locals also gathered to celebrate hanami with friends and family. There are also night festivals that commemorate hanami, where visitors can indulge in local treats whilst appreciating the beautiful sakura.

2. Asukayama Park

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

Conveniently situated near Asukayama Museum, Shibusawa Memorial Museum and the Paper Museum in Kita, Asukayama Park is known for being one of the best places in Tokyo to view sakura.

Asukayama Park is known to accommodate over 1,000 cherry trees that were planted during the reign of the 8th Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate. At night, traditional Japanese lanterns illuminate the sakura. Locals and tourists can be found picnicking during hanami.

3. Inokashira Park

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

Right next door to the Ghibli Museum, visitors can enjoy luscious green spaces and captivating sakura at Inokashira Park. Visitors can marvel at the sakura whilst paddling giant swan or rowing boats in its large pond.

If you plan to visit during the weekend, you can look forward to performances by musicians and other entertainers.

4. Chidorigafuchi

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

If you plan to visit Edo Castle during your trip to Tokyo, a visit to the Chidorigafuchi gets you up-close to the magnificent structure and sakura trees. The Chiyoda Sakura Festival is held when the cherry blossoms are in bloom where visitors and locals enjoy hanami together. You could also rent a boat and paddle around the Chidorigafuchi moat to get a full view of the Edo Castle.

5. Sumida Park

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

With more than 700 cherry trees, Sumida Park is one of the many famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo. The public park hosts many hanami parties during sakura season. Visitors can also get a picturesque view of the Sumida River which branches from the Arakawa River at Iwabuchi before flowing into Tokyo Bay.

6. Meguro River

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

If you plan to head to Shibuya to view the Hachiko Memorial Statue or do some shopping, you would definitely want to head to Meguro River to take a look at the breath-taking sakura trees. Spanning near eight kilometres through various neighbourhoods before flowing into Tokyo Bay, Meguro River is a popular sakura viewing spot for tourists and locals.

7. Yoyogi Park

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

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Yoyogi Park is known amongst locals in Tokyo for its vast sports facilities. During spring, visitors and locals can enjoy a stroll or a picnic whilst admiring the divine sakura trees. However, it is advisable to reserve your picnic spot early in the morning as the venue tends to get crowded in the evenings during hanami.

8. Yanaka Cemetery

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms: Top Free Sakura Spots in Tokyo 2020

One of the lesser-known areas to tourists, Yanaka Cemetery is another great spot to view Sakura. Surrounded by small temples and home to local cats, Yanaka Cemetery makes a great place for a quiet stroll. Many sakura trees have been planted at the cemetery and give visitors a sight to see during the blooming period.

Most visitors to Japan would head to Tokyo for its food, shopping and entertainment. But don’t forget to take time out to enjoy the natural spring flora and fauna. Experience hanami and bask in pink and white wonders like the locals in Tokyo, Japan!

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