2019 Sakura Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Tokyo comes alive this spring in pretty pink — explore some of the best hanami experiences this amazing city has to offer

2019 Sakura Cherry Blossom Forecast in Japan

Plan your trip with the help of this cherry blossom forecast!

  • Sapporo
    5/4
  • Aomori
    4/24
  • Sendai
    4/9
  • Kanazawa
    4/4
  • Kyoto
    3/29
  • Hiroshima
    3/26
  • Fukuoka
    3/20
  • Kagoshima
    3/28
  • Kochi
    3/18
  • Osaka
    3/27
  • Nagoya
    3/22
  • Shizuoka
    3/24
  • Tokyo
    3/22

Suggested Hanami Itineraries

day
plan ueno park

8:00–10:00

Visit Ueno park in the morning and reserve your spot

10:00–14:00

Pick-up some food and drinks nearby if you haven’t prepared some, and enjoy the amazing atmosphere with friends old and new

plan lunch
plan shrines

14:00–17:00

Visit one of the nearby shrines and enjoy a different view of the cherry blossoms

17:00

Head out and party the rest of the day (and night) away at a nearby karaoke place

plan karaoke
evening
plan naka-meguro

16:30

Take a train to the famous Naka-Meguro area (worth the trip, we promise)

17:30–19:30

Stroll along the lantern-lined river surrounded by pretty cherry blossom trees (illumination is from 17:00–21:00, from the end of March to early April)

plan lantern-lined river
plan food stalls

19:30–20:30

Enjoy food and drink from the many food stalls

20:30

Visit an amusement center in nearby Shibuya and take a purikura (photo booth) picture as a memento of the day

plan purikura

Best 2019 Cherry Blossom Tours in Tokyo

Enjoy hanami minus the hassle with these special tour activities

Most Popular Activities in Tokyo

Don't miss out on these popular experiences while you're in Tokyo!

Getting Around

Have a smooth time exploring Tokyo with these smart travel options

Hanami Tips

  1. Arrive at your location extra early to reserve your spot with a picnic mat
  2. Pack luxuriously prepared food, pick up a bento, or buy snacks from a nearby convenience store
  3. Get in the mood with some cherry blossom-flavored treats – find them in nearby cafes and supermarkets
  4. Don’t be shy – say hi to the friendly locals and join in on the fun!
  5. It can get chilly even in spring, so be sure to bring a blanket or sweater for some extra warmth
  6. Enjoy! While you're having fun, don’t forget to pause, look up, and admire the fleeting beauty of the pink cherry blossoms

Know Your Sakura

  • Somei Yoshino

    The most widespread sakura tree in Japan, it is pink when it starts blossoming, and later turns to white.

  • Yaezakura

    These blossoms have multiple layers, and grow large and fluffy, which makes this particular tree truly gorgeous. It blooms about 1-2 weeks after the somei yoshino.

  • Shidarezakura

    This is a weeping cherry tree with drooping branches. It resembles a gigantic pink willow at its peak, and is a well-loved favorite of many. Shidarezakura is the designated flower of Kyoto prefecture.

  • Shibazakura

    The real name of this flower is moss phlox but it is also known as garden sakura in April-May, when its beautiful pink color covers the outdoor fields. Blooming later than cherry trees, shibazakura is perfect for hanami late in the season.

Don't Miss These Seasonal Sakura Treats!

Sakura Sweets

During the cherry blossom season you can try limited-edition and seasonal sakura sweets. Not only does nature turn pink, but many shops are also decorated in sakura themes. You can try sakura-mochi and other sakura-flavoured Japanese sweets. Be sure to taste them during your spring trip to Japan!

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