Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo


HIGHLIGHTS

01 WHEN TO VISIT

02 WHERE TO STAY

03 WHAT TO EXPECT

04 WHERE TO GO


In honor of Spring being exactly one month away (phew, where did the time go?), I’ll be sharing some useful information about Japan’s cherry blossom season. Cherry blossom season is one of the most popular times to visit Japan and for good reason - it’s absolutely gorgeous. There are a lot of great places all over Japan where you can enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms but in this article I’ll be focusing more on Tokyo.


01 WHEN TO VISIT

The best time to visit Tokyo to view the cherry blossom trees is usually between March and April. Make sure to check the forecast here to see when exactly the trees will be in full bloom. For 2018, the forecast predicts that the cherry blossoms will begin to bloom on March 19th and will be fully bloomed on March 27th. The forecast updates pretty often so make sure to check back every once in a while.

If you plan to view the blossoms in other areas of Japan besides Tokyo, checking the forecast is a must. Cherry trees bloom at different times across the country so make sure to plan your trip accordingly.

Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo
Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo
Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo
Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

02 WHERE TO STAY

Like I mentioned before, cherry blossom season is a very popular time in Japan meaning that hotels and flights will be more expensive and will book up fast. In order to get a reasonable rate at a nice hotel or hostel, make sure to book your trip at least 6 months in advance. Doing research beforehand on where you want to stay will also help a lot especially if booking isn’t open yet.

One of the best pieces of advice I can give is to choose a hotel nearby a subway station. Staying near a subway station can help cut down on your walking time to and from places. Trust me, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking in Tokyo so cutting down where you can will help out a lot (your feet will thank you later!).

When my boyfriend and I visited, we stayed at Hotel Mystays in Asakusabashi. We chose this place because it was within our budget and also a short walk away from a train station. The staff were incredibly friendly and the rooms, although on the smaller side which is to be expected in Japan, were very nice.

Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo
Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

03 WHAT TO EXPECT

You’ll be able to see some of the most beautiful cherry blossom trees ranging in color from pale white to bright fuchsia. Japan’s cherry blossom trees are not a secret to the rest of the world so expect to see a lot of tourists. The locals also enjoy viewing their country’s beautiful blossoming trees, a tradition called Hanami, so seeing large groups of people having a picnic or relaxing at one of the more popular parks is not unusual.

One of my favorite things about cherry blossom season in Japan is seeing all the cherry blossom inspired food and gifts. You’ll be able to find anything from themed bentos (boxed lunches) to cherry blossom decorated mochi (soft, pounded sticky rice cakes).

When we visisted, it felt like a typical spring day - on the cooler side but warm when the sun came out. I would recommend dressing in layers for when it gets warmer/colder throughout the day. Also, it’s possible that it might rain so bring a rain jacket or umbrella just in case.

Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo
Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo
Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

04 WHERE TO GO

The best parks to see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo include:

Shinjuku  Gyoen - one of Tokyo’s most popular parks.

Ueno Park - features more than 1,000 cherry blossom trees.

Chidorigafuchi -  hundreds of cherry trees surrounding the former Edo Castle. Picnics are not allowed but boats are available for rent.

Sumida Park - Beautiful viewing area of the cherry trees as well as of Tokyo Skytree.

Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you plan your trip to Tokyo during cherry blossom season. For those of you who have visited Tokyo during this time, what were some of your favorite things to do? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

XO,

Tina