The best 5 spots to see the night cherry blossoms in Tokyo

Most people have an impression of the best time of the day to see the cherry blossoms is in the morning, the reason behind is having the blue sky as backdrop. But in Japan, night cherry blossoms are very impressive too. If you by chance drop by Tokyo during the cherry blossoms season, please try to spare 1- 2 nights to see the night cherry blossoms, I guarantee you will be amazed by the views.


1.Ueno Park


Ueno Park is a very well known cherry blossom spot in Tokyo. However it is also considered to be one of the best 3 night cherry blossom spots in Japan. The other 2 spots are the Hirosaki Park in Aomori Prefecture and the Takada Park in Niigata Prefecture.


Ever since the time of Edo, Ueno Park has been called “ The Holy Ground of Flowers”. For the upcoming cherry blossoms season, why not try seeing the cherry blossoms at night too.


Illumination period: 19thMarch 2016 – 10th April 2016
Illumination time: 17.00 – 20.00
Address: Tokyo Taito Ueno Park 5-20
Public Transport: get off at “Ueno Station” and walk for 5mins

2.Meguro River


Another choice for cherry blossoms viewers must be Meguro River, this place is also perfect for seeing cherry blossoms at night. Starting from Meguro River Bridge to Taiko Bridge, about 800 cherry trees line along the river creates an amazing view.


Moreover, what makes this spot different from the rest is it offers cherry blossoms boat tour, viewers can drift under the cherry blossoms leisurely.


Illumination period: late March 2016 – early April
Illumination time: sunset – 21.00
Address: Shimo near 2-9 from Meguro-ku, Tokyo Higashiyama 3-1
Public Transport: get off at “Naka-Meguro Station” and walk for 2mins

3.Kokyogaien National Gardens


Another very famous cherry blossom spot, millions of people from all over the world flood this spot when the cherry is in full bloom. This garden features a world famous “ cherry tunnel”, imagine both sides of the walls are covered with cherry, how beautiful it is!


Besides both sides of the riverbanks are covered with cherry, the illuminated Tokyo Tower can be photographed together with the cherry blossoms at night.


Illumination period: late March 2016 – early April
【Illumination time: sunset – 22.00
Address: 〒100-0002  1-1 Kokyogaien, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, J
【Public Transport: get off at Kudanshita Station and walk for 5 mins


4.Tokyo Midtown


Hong Kong has been called as an “Urban Jungle”; many people think the high-rise buildings are doing no good to the landscape. However, in Tokyo, the high-rise buildings merge very well with nature, together they composite an even more beautiful sight. Take the Tokyo Midtown as an example, the illuminated building is cleverly shown right in the middle of the cherry blossoms, this is a perfect picture demonstrating the beauty of the dark.


TThere are quite a number of restaurants in Tokyo Midtown, visitors can eat and enjoy cherry blossoms at the same time. There is nothing better than being surrounded by good food and night cherry.


【 Illumination period: 18th March 2016 – 17th April
Illumination time: 17.00 – 23.00
Address: Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 9-7-1
Public Transport: get off at “Roppongi Station”

5. Rikugien


When we talk about night cherry blossoms, the local Japanese will highly recommend the huge cherry tree in Rikugien to you. This tree is 15m tall, 20m width, every year it blooms and flourishes like a waterfall!


Although the total number of cherry trees in Rikugien is not as many as other cherry blossoms spots, however the quality here does matter. Just one huge cherry tree says more than a thousand trees. Do stop by the teahouse and try the locals favorite “ Coal grilled dimpling” too.


Illumination period: mid March 2016 – mid April
Illumination time: sunset – 21.00
Address: 6 Chome-16-3 Honkomagome Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to
Public Transport: get off at Komagome Station and walk for 2mins

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