Head to these parks in the Japanese capital for some truly spectacular sakura scenes in spring
Undoubtedly the most popular — and crowded — spot in Tokyo for hanami (cherry blossom viewing), Ueno Park is home to a whopping 1,200 cherry trees, which line the boulevard leading towards the National Museum. The cherry on top (pun intended)? The trees here typically flower earlier than elsewhere in the city.
How to get there: Take the train to JR Ueno Station (served by various lines, such as the Ginza Line and JR Yamanote Line), and leave via the Park Exit.
Uenokoen, Taito-ku, +81 3 3828 5644
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
There are dozens of sakura varieties at this tranquil park, which bloom at different times. This means that you’re pretty much guaranteed a glimpse of the precious petals, even if you visit as late as the end of April. The park is a great place for a picnic as well, as it’s not as crowded as other hanami spots in the city. Do note, however, that you’ll have to fork out JPY200 (PHP82) to enter.
How to get there: Hop on the subway to Shinjukugyoenmae Station (on the Maranouchi Line). From there, it’s a five-minute walk.
1 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku, +81 3 3350 0151
This banks of this moat, which surrounds the Tokyo Imperial Palace, are lined by cherry trees numbering around 1,000 that burst into bloom every spring. For a different vantage point, you can rent a rowboat (JPY800/PHP329 for 30 minutes) to admire the sakura from the water.
How to get there: It’s a five-minute walk from Kudanshita Station (on the Toei Shinjuku Line).
1-1 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda-ku
Head to this Edo-era landscaped garden for picture-perfect views of the sakura, juxtaposed against the shiny skyscrapers of the adjacent Shiodome business district. Like Shinjuku Gyoen, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee — JPY300 (PHP123) — to enter the park.
How to get there: Take a five- to ten-minute walk from Shiodome Station (on the Oedo Line).
1-1 Hamarikyuteien, Chuo-ku, +81 3 3541 0200
Aside from offering a great vista of the Tokyo Skytree, this park also reveals lovely views of the sakura, with more than 1,000 cherry trees lining both sides of the Sumida River. Hop on a river cruise (various prices; JPY720/PHP296 if you travel from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu) for an even more enchanting experience.
How to get there: Take the train to Asakusa Station, then cross the Sumida River to the park.
1 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, +81 3 5608 6951
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