will be in Tokyo for 5 days in April 2018, and would like your recommendations to fill up our 5 days. We like cultural experiences, food, seeing cherry blossom.

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Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

Answered almost 3 years ago

First, you don't say when in April you are going to travel. On average, the end of March and the first week of April is a good time to see the blossoms, but every year is different and there is no way to know for sure until about a month before the flowers start to come out.

Also, there are many good places to see the blossoms in Tokyo, like here:

But every last one of them is going to be crammed with people. I suggest you get out of the city to see some of the blossoms, unless you like to "enjoy" them LIKE THIS.

There is a whole list of the 100 Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan, and the vast majority are not in the cities with all the mobs. Go and see some of them.
If your timing is not right and you are a little too late, then look for places higher in the mountains or farther north to see the blossoms.

From the latter half of April you can also go and see the shibazakura, and from spring the Hitachi Seaside Park and Showa Kinen Koen are both superb places to see a lot of different flowers.

For food, you might look at
and for other activities and sightseeing, try:

Goro Goro, Lived in Japan

Answered almost 3 years ago


Commented almost 3 years ago

sorry, mistake... not Shinonome. the Correct name is Shiodome/Shinbashi.

Yoshie Yanagida Yoshie Yanagida, Living in Japan

Answered almost 3 years ago

I recommend to go to Asakusa.
Since there is Sumida river near Asakusa, you can see cherry blossom blooming in riverside.
And, Asakusa is very popular traditional place in Tokyo, you can experience wearing Kimono, getting on rickshaw or something like that.