Spring is here! Everyone in Tokyo is heading toward a park for a hanami, a flower viewing picnic to celebrate the Sakura Festival. It’s Japanese custom to view the cherry blossoms whilst sharing bento boxes for lunch and Sakura-inspired snacks amongst family and friends. There may be 600 varieties of these dainty blooming trees, but a cherry blossom is a cherry blossom. Once you see it, you are sure to be mesmerized. You only get to see this surreal sight for about two weeks…and soon, the wind sweeps all the pinkish petals away.
For a quick hanami party, meet up with your favorite people. Grab a mat and party favors from a 100-yen store and some artistically prepared meals from a mall’s food hall near your preferred park. Tokyo Metropolitan gardens charge an entrance fee, 300 yen for adults but it’s worth it. Here are recommended places to see the Sakura:
- Ueno-koen – JR Yamanote line to Ueno Station, Ueno-koen & Shinobazu exits
- Koishikawa Korakuen – JR Chuo line to Iidibashi Station
- Shinjuku-gyoen – Marunouchi line to Shinjuku-gyeonmae Station exit 1
- Hama-rikyu Gardens – Oedo line to Shiodome Station exit A1
- Meguro Canal – Hibiya line to Naka-Meguro Station
- Mohri Garden in Roppongi Hills – Hibiya line to Roppongi Station exit 1