Sakura - Where to enjoy picnic under cherry blossoms in Central Tokyo

Beautiful flower season is coming in Japan!

In Japan, we have tradition to enjoy having a picnic under cherry blossoms, SAKURA in Japanese, in spring. HANAMI - 花見 - literally means viewing flowers.

Shinjuku Gyoen - 新宿御苑 -
A huge peaceful park locates in the middle of skyscraper. There are over 60 kinds of Cherry tree so you can enjoy cheery season for two months.
In February, a bit early season for enjoying flowers, you can just relax because not so many people coming to the park.

【Address】 Naito-cho 11, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
【Hours】

  • 9:00 - 16:30 (the gate close at 16:00)
  • Flower season: (19March - 30 September,2019) Open until 18:00(gate close 17:30)
  • Summer time:(2 July - 20 August)open until 19:00(gate close 18:30)

【Close】Mondays(If national holiday is on Monday, they open and close next day. Open 25MAR~24APRIL・1-15November,2019)

 

Rikugien - 六義園 -
In 1965, a palace guard Yoshiasu YANAGISAWA, who served for the 5th Shogun Tsunayoshi TOKUGAWA, established the garden in EDO era.
The name RIKUGI was taken from the song book called Rikugi.

【Address】Komagome 6-Chome 16-3, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
【Access】7min walk from Komagome Station*.
*JR Yamanote line (JY) Tokyo Metro Namboku line
10 min walk from Sengoku Station.**
**Tokyo Toei Mita-line Sengoku station

【Hours】9:00 - 17:00 (gate close at 16:30)
【Close】29 December - 1 January
【Admission】General:300 JPY Senior:150 JPY (65 years-old or older)

Chidorigafuchi 千鳥ヶ淵
The moat of EDO- catsle along with Kitanomaru park on Yasukuni boulevard. One of the most famous spot for Cherry blossom.
You can rent a small boat and enjoy "hanami" from water surface.
2019 CHIYODA CITY SAKURA FESTIVAL is from 27March to 7April. The park area is open during festival time and you also can enjoy night light-up.

【Address】Sambancho 2 Saki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
【Access】3min walk from Kudanshita Station*.(Z-06, T-07, S-05)
5min walk from Hanzomon Station. (Z-05)
【Hours-boathouse】11:00 - 17:30

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