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Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

By Viator, February 2017

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Among Tokyo's many claims to fame, cherry blossoms are at the top of the list. Every year, you can feel the excitement as pink petals known as sakura fill the city in a picture-perfect welcome to spring. Here's what you need to know to plan your trip to see these fleeting beauties.

When to Go
Although exact peak bloom dates (known as mankai) change each year due to weather patterns, Tokyo reliably turns pink between early March and late April. A quick internet search can help you find this year’s flower forecast.

Where to Go
Among the dozens of places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, we have a few favorites:
  • Shinjuku Gyoen, a large park with a pond in the middle, is a popular place for hanami—the Japanese tradition of enjoying a picnic under the trees—especially during cherry blossom season.
  • Chidorigafuchi, a moat on the northwest side of Tokyo's Imperial Palace, is a less crowded spot loved by locals. Although it's not the best choice for a picnic, you can rent a boat and float down the waterway framed by branches covered in blossoms.
  • Sumida Park offers a unique view, as the bright flowers pop against the Tokyo Skytree tower in the background. Visit the riverside park after dark to see the trees illuminated by lanterns.
How to Go
With so many viewing spots to choose from, a guided tour is a great way to squeeze the most cherry blossoms into your trip. Choose a full-day bus tour with lunch; combine your flower viewing with a visit to the top of Tokyo Tower; or take a shorter guided walk through a few of the pinkest parks in the city. See below for our top picks.

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Full-Day Cherry Blossom Tour in Tokyo including Buffet Lunch, Tokyo, null
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Full-Day Cherry Blossom Tour in Tokyo including Buffet Lunch

Visit three of the most famous gardens in Tokyo where you can be immersed in Cherry Blossoms: Chidorigafuchi, Kitanomaru Park, Sumida Park, Yasukuni Shrine, ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.79
Tokyo: Cherry Blossom 'Sakura' Viewing Tour by Bus including Buffet Lunch, Tokyo, Full-day Tours
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Tokyo: Cherry Blossom 'Sakura' Viewing Tour by Bus including Buffet Lunch

It is a join-in cherry blossoms viewing tour in Tokyo with an English-speaking guide. Meet at the Tokyo Station in the morning and visit four famous viewing ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.62
Day Trip to the Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival from Tokyo, Tokyo, Full-day Tours
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Day Trip to the Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival from Tokyo

On this tour, you will visit the earliest blooming cherry blossoms on the main island of Japan, the Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival. You can experience ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.00
Private Custom Cherry Blossoms Tour by Chartered Vehicle, Tokyo, Day Trips
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Private Custom Cherry Blossoms Tour by Chartered Vehicle

It's that time of the season again. Cherry blossom trees will spring into full bloom, creating an ocean of pink and white. A local driver will take you to the ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $813.35
11-Day Sakura Cherry Blossom Tour from Tokyo, Tokyo, Custom Private Tours
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11-Day Sakura Cherry Blossom Tour from Tokyo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first time visitor to Japan, we recommend "Sakura tour 11days" itinerary, our most popular tour. This tour ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 days (approx.)

From USD $3,980.00
Seasonal Tour: Kyoto Cherry Blossom Viewing Tour by Bus, Kyoto, Multi-day Tours
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Seasonal Tour: Kyoto Cherry Blossom Viewing Tour by Bus

Book this cherry blossom viewing tour by shared bus in Kyoto and visit some of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto that are not easily ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.62
Cherry Blossom Viewing and Tokyo Tower Tour, Tokyo, Full-day Tours
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Cherry Blossom Viewing and Tokyo Tower Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo’s most popular sites for viewing cherry blossoms, including Showa Memorial Park plus either Shinjuku Gyoen or ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.20
Cherry Blossom Viewing Party with Local Food and Drinks, Tokyo, Seasonal Events
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Cherry Blossom Viewing Party with Local Food and Drinks

Experience the best of cherry blossom season in Tokyo! This is a limited-time only experience that will introduce you to the true Japanese way of viewing ...  Read more

Location: Shibuya, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.46
Tokyo Robot Cabaret Show Including Cherry Blossom Viewing Party with Local Food and Drinks, Tokyo, ... 
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Tokyo Robot Cabaret Show Including Cherry Blossom Viewing Party with Local Food and Drinks

Enjoy this exclusive Robot cabaret show package with a cherry blossom viewing party with local food and drinks. Discover the out-of-this-world excitement of ...  Read more

Location: Shinjuku, Japan
Duration: Varies

From USD $153.10
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Walking Tour in Asakusa, Tokyo, Dinner Packages
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Tokyo Cherry Blossom Walking Tour in Asakusa

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

There’s hardly a more iconic place to view the breathtaking Japanese cherry trees (called ‘sakura’) in bloom than the Asakusa district of Tokyo. See brilliant ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.12

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