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How to Experience Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

By Viator, August 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 Blossoms in Tokyo with Kitanomaru Park, Tokyo, null
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Full-Day Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo with Kitanomaru Park

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Visit the most famous Cherry Blossoms viewing spots in Tokyo, such as Chidorigafuchi, Kitanomaru Park, Sumida Park, Yasukuni Shrine, Zojo-ji Temple and Shiba ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival and Fruit Picking from Tokyo, Tokyo, Full-day Tours
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Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival and Fruit Picking from Tokyo

On this tour, you will visit the Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival in Shizuoka Prefecture, famous for being the earliest blooming sakura on the main island ...  Read more

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

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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.)

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Cherry Blossom Viewing and Tokyo Tower Tour, Tokyo, Custom Private Tours
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Cherry Blossom Viewing and Tokyo Tower Tour

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

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

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Seasonal Tour: Kyoto Cherry Blossom Viewing Tour by Bus, Kyoto, Seasonal Events
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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: 6 hours (approx.)

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Cherry Blossom Tour with Visit to Odawara Castle, Lake Kawaguchi, and Pirate Ship Ride including ... 
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Cherry Blossom Tour with Visit to Odawara Castle, Lake Kawaguchi, and Pirate Ship Ride including Lunch Buffet

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Enjoy a full-day trip to see one of the most beautiful seasons in Japan, the cherry blossom in the spring. Visit the famous Odawara Castle to learn the local ...  Read more

Location: Shinjuku, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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Cherry Blossom Festival with Visit to Arakura Sengen Shrine in Kawaguchiko from Tokyo, Tokyo, Day ... 
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Cherry Blossom Festival with Visit to Arakura Sengen Shrine in Kawaguchiko from Tokyo

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In this tour you will be taken to Kawaguchiko, which is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji and has been known as one of the best spots to enjoy Sakura by ...  Read more

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

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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: Flexible

From USD $160.86
Day Trip to Shizuoka including Cherry Blossom Viewing and Strawberry Picking from Tokyo, Tokyo, ... 
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Day Trip to Shizuoka including Cherry Blossom Viewing and Strawberry Picking from Tokyo

Enjoy this one day trip from Tokyo to Shizuoka prefecture where you will enjoy a beautiful view of early blooming sakura and camellia flowers. You will visit ...  Read more

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

From USD $86.04

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