As spring approaches, Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms, or sakura, paint the landscape with hues of pink and white, captivating locals and visitors from around the world. In this post, you will learn about where the most vibrant cherry blossom festivals will happen in and around Tokyo, showcasing the best spots to admire sakura in 2024 and experience the rich cultural traditions that accompany them. From popular events in well-known parks to hidden gems off the beaten path, we’ll provide you with all the details you need to plan your perfect cherry blossom viewing adventure in the Tokyo area this year.

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Koganei Cherry Blossom Festival

For a quieter hanami experience, consider visiting Koganei Park. Renowned for showcasing musical talents during festivals, the sakura season is no exception, featuring various singers performing on a dedicated stage within the park. Additionally, indulge in local and regional delicacies at the festival’s 40 food and drink stalls. The event also offers tea ceremonies and ikebana displays, welcoming attendees of all ages to revel in the festivities. With ample picnic spots scattered across its expansive grounds, Koganei Park offers a tranquil setting away from the bustling city center. Although the festival spans only two days, visitors can admire the cherry blossoms throughout the season. Home to 1,700 cherry trees representing around 50 varieties, don’t miss the stunning Somei-yoshino blossoms near Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

Date: late March
Price: Free
Hours: TBA

Edo Fukagawa Sakura Festival

Experience the essence of a traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival at the Edo Fukagawa Sakura Festival, offering a blend of illuminations, boat rides and delectable cuisine. Nestled in the serene neighborhood of Monzen-Nakacho, this event promises enchanting boat rides along the nearby river, providing a nostalgic glimpse into Tokyo’s past. Visitors can enjoy evening illuminations from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., along with enticing food stalls and weekend entertainment amidst abundant cherry blossoms. For those seeking a traditional touch, this festival is a must-visit.

Date: mid-March – early April
Price: Free, 500 yen for boat ride
Hours: TBA

Ark Hills Cherry Blossom Festival

If you’re seeking a serene cherry blossom experience away from the crowds, consider strolling down Spain-zaka near Ark Hills in Roppongi. This hidden gem boasts mature cherry trees, making it one of Tokyo’s most breathtaking yet lesser-known spots. While picnicking may not be feasible, the area offers a picturesque setting for an evening walk. Visitors can expect gourmet food stalls, musical performances, and a festive atmosphere.This celebration offers various activities, such as nighttime illuminations, a “Sakura Yokocho” food stall area, music performances, workshops and exclusive access to Ark Hills’ normally restricted roof garden.

Date: late March – early April
Price: Free
Hours: TBA

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Chiyoda Cherry Blossom Festival

The Chiyoda Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in and around Kitanomaru Park, renowned for its stunning cherry trees. This festival is among Tokyo’s most popular, attracting over a million spectators from across Japan. Along the 700-meter-long Chidorigafuchi-ryokudo Walkway, approximately 260 Somei-yoshino and Oshima cherry trees create a captivating tunnel of pink blossoms, illuminated at dusk for a magical sight. Visitors can extend their experience by taking rowing boats out onto the Chidorigafuchi Moat, open late during the festival, providing a unique perspective of the cherry blossoms from the water. However, due to the high volume of visitors, access to the Chidorigafuchi Green Way may be limited during peak times. Additionally, while there are no restaurants or food stalls along the Green Way, food stalls are set up in the vicinity, offering seasonal delicacies and traditional festival fare.

Date: late March – early April
Price: Free
Hours: TBA

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Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival

The south side of Mt. Matsuda boasts around 360 Kawazu-zakura trees, painting the landscape with vibrant hues. These cherry blossoms typically reach full bloom by mid-February, offering an early glimpse of spring unparalleled by other areas near Tokyo. Adding to the allure is the stunning backdrop of Mount Fuji, creating a picturesque setting. Anticipate weekends to be particularly lively. Here, early-blooming kawazu-zakura trees harmonize with vibrant yellow rapeseed flowers, signaling the arrival of spring in Kanagawa Prefecture. Kawazu-zakura, a lesser-known cherry blossom variety in Japan, blooms earlier than its counterparts, typically in early to mid-February. Originating from Shizuoka Prefecture, specifically Kawazu Town on the Izu Peninsula, these blossoms boast larger petals and a more intense pink hue, with a prolonged blooming period lasting up to a month depending on weather conditions.

Date: February 3 – March 3
Price: 300 yen, 100 yen for children 6 years old to 17 years old
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Miura-kaigan Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

Along the route from Miura-kaigan station to Komatsugaike Park, more than 1,000 Kawazu-zakura trees line the road, creating a breathtaking display. The Miura-kaigan Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival showcases approximately 1,000 Kawazu-zakura trees along the railway. These early-blooming cherry blossoms boast large pink flowers, offering a stunning display of colorful scenery. Local products, including fresh vegetables, are available for purchase at tents near the station. During the festival, visitors can also enjoy the enchanting sight of illuminated cherry blossoms at night, creating a magical atmosphere. Notably, a spectacular 1km illumination along the railway track leading to Komatsugaike Park is a highlight.

Date: February 5 – March 3
Price: Free


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