Shinjuku is an entertainment hub of Tokyo and a place where fun and excitement hides in every corner. When spring arrives, the cherry blossom flowers bloom. It is the time to visit the 10 best places to see cherry blossoms in Shinjuku.
Shinjuku will never fail to amaze and entertain anyone who stroll around its busy streets. With so many means of entertainment found in every corner, it’s almost impossible to finish them all in one day. When spring arrives, Shinjuku prepares for the yearly tradition of hanami. As soon as the cherry blossoms bloom, the yearly festivities begin.
The Japanese love their cherry blossoms and during this time of year parties and reunions are the norms. They gather around under the cherry blossom trees and to eat, drink and party the day away. So go ahead and reserve a spot on the 10 best places to see cherry blossoms in Shinjuku!
1. Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest parks in Tokyo. It is also the best place to view the cherry blossom flowers during spring in Shinjuku. In the past, it used to be a place where the imperial family entertains their guests. However, the park was damaged during the war and with great effort it was rebuilt and opened to the public in 1949. The park boasts cherry blossoms during spring, red and yellow colors during autumn and a wonderland during winter. A place that will allow you to relax, unwind and admire the beauty that is only found at Shinjuku Gyoen.
Address: 11 Naitocho, Shinjuku 160-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
2. Shinjuku Chuo Park
Shinjuku Chuo Park is a lovely park surrounded by skyscrapers in Shinjuku. A peaceful and clean park that is found in the middle of Shinjuku that is perfect for an afternoon stroll. If you happen to live near the area, this park will serve as a place for recreation and relaxation all year round. The place gets crowded during the ohanami season when the sakura blooms. So make sure to reserve your spot as early as possible!
Address: 2 Chome-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
3. Toyama Park
Toyama Park is divided into two areas. The western side is known as the “Okubo Section” and the eastern side the “Mt. Hakone Section”. Many say that Toyama Park is a patch of greenery among the concrete. While it is not that big compared to the other parks in the area, it is still a nice place to take your dog for a walk and enjoy the simple beauty it provides. During spring, the sakura trees on the hill give the park a shade of white and pink that delights the eyes of those who gaze upon them.
Address: Toyama, Shinjuku 169-0072, Tokyo Prefecture
Website: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index002.html (Japanese Only)
4. Kanda River Yuhodo
Kanda River Yuhodo is a man-made river contrary to popular belief that it is a natural one. A seemingly ordinary river that holds no charm; that is until spring arrives. Along the path of the river are cherry blossom trees and when they are in bloom, the river becomes a natural attraction during this time of the year.
Address: 2 Chome-1 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.city.shinjuku.lg.jp/seikatsu/file14_13_00020.html (Japanese only）
5. Kanda Josui Park
Kanda Josui Park is found along the Kanda River, which forms the boundary between Nakano-ku. The park is a favorite place for those who love jogging, and you will often see them along the way. A small oasis in the city where you can find cherry blossoms in full bloom during spring.
Address: 4-37 Kitashinjuku, Shinjuku 169-0074, Tokyo Prefecture
Website: https://www.city.shinjuku.lg.jp/seikatsu/midori01_002042.html（Japanese only）
6. Meiji Jingu Gaien
Meiji Jingu Gaien is also known for their 300-meter long avenue that is lined with ginkgo trees. During autumn the place is dyed with a spectacular color of golden yellow. Not only the trees but also the road has a golden hue due to the fallen leaves on the ground. People attest that it is one of the most beautiful places to visit during autumn in Shinjuku and gets very crowded during this time of the year. The place also has beautiful lines of cherry blossom trees around the park. Taking a walk around the park is a great escape from the city.
Address: 1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku 160-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
7. Yakuoin Temple
Yakuoin is a Buddhist Temple that founded during the Kamakura Period. It is just five minutes away from the Seibu Shinjuku Line Shimo-Ochiai Station and known for its 1,000 Chinese tree peonies that bloom during April. Due to that, it also earned the nickname of the “Peony Temple”. Not only the peonies but also Shidarezakura, the weeping cherry blossom tree, is a must-see here. A temple that you have to visit at least once during the spring. Make sure to see and appreciate the fleeting beauty that can only be found in the Yakuoin Temple.
Address: 4-8-2 Shimoochiai, Shinjuku
Website: http://www.city.shinjuku.lg.jp/seikatsu/file14_13_00004.html (Japanese Only)
8. Arai Yakushi Koen
Arai Yakushi Koen is a small park that is found in the Nakano Ward, just four stops away from Seibu Shinjuku Station. There are around twenty-four sakura trees planted in its premises. It is also the main stage of the Nakano Dori Sakura Festival that is held every year. Various themes and attractions are seen during the festival and at night, the cherry blossoms are illuminated with lights that adds their own flare to heighten up the festivities.
Address: 5-4 Arai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.tokyo-park.net/flowerpark/1311410002.html (Japanese Only)
9. Zenpukuji Koen
While Zenpukuji Koen may not be the most popular place in Shinjuku to visit the sakura trees during spring, it is still a great place to admire the flowers in full bloom during this time of the year. It is one of those local landmarks that gives you the opportunity to admire the ohanami season, amidst the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Address: Zenpukuji, Suginami, 167-0041, Tokyo
Website: https://www.enjoytokyo.jp/amuse/event/423813/ (Japanese Only)
Chidorigafuchi is one of the places you “HAVE” to visit during the ohanami season. Why? The reason why a majority of people go out of their way to go to Chidorigafuchi is the opportunity to appreciate the cherry blossoms while rowing a boat. While it may sound strange, it is indeed a fact. The trees lined up along the river bank gives a spectacular view and you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with them. So hold those oars and row to your heart’s content!
Address: 1-1 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda 102-0091, Tokyo Prefecture
Website: http://kanko-chiyoda.jp/tabid/1117/Default.aspx (Japanese Only)
Data is as of April 2018
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