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Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 2017

Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 2017

Cherry blossoms will be in full bloom over the next two weeks. We love taking morning walks under the cherry blossoms, but nothing beats the evening illuminated petals of white and pinks against the dark sky. Grab a plastic sheet to throw on the ground, your jacket and some warming beverages and head out to enjoy the mystical blossoms. Here are our favorite spots in Tokyo and Kyoto for night Sakura illuminations. For other great family events in April 2017 check here. 

Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 2017

 Rikugien Park 1.  Rikugien Park (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)  – Love this park due to it’s weeping cherry trees (Shidare-Zakura) which embrace the landscape of this traditional Edo period park.  The illuminations make the weeping trees look heavily pregnant with blossoms trying to embrace those beneith. Beautiful during the day but magnificent at night. My personal favorite.

Address: 6-16-3 Hon-Komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms Illumination Dates & Hours: March 16 – April 6, 2017, sunset – 21:00
Fee: Adults 300 yen, children free
Access: 3 min walk from the Komagome Station on the Namboku Line

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cherry blossoms, Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 20172. Meguro River, Tokyo  – It`s a great place to take a stroll day or night to view the near 800 cherry trees that line the Meguro River. If you plan on dining at one of the restaurants along the Meguro River with views of the cherry blossoms I highly recommend booking in advance. Seats go fast. If you`re unable to secure a reservation, restaurant food and wine vendors are set up all along the river in Nakameguro day and night. Laterns are lit in the evening from sunset to about 21:00. Note it gets crowded. Best to keep little ones in a stroller or carrier.

Address: 1-21 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo (東京都目黒区上目黒1丁目21)
Cherry Blossoms Illumination Dates & Hours: April 1 – April 10, 2017;  Sunset – 21:00
Access: A 1-min walk from Nakameguro Station (light-up between Ikejiri-Ohashi and Naka-Meguro)

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Roppongi Hills Sakura3. Roppongi Hills Sakura, Tokyo (六本木ヒルズ) – Keyakizaka Street in Roppongi Hills is lined with over 75 Sakura trees running about 400 meters that are illuminated. We love visiting Roppongi Hills to view the Sakura while shopping the kids stores on Basement level and and enjoy the buffet Italian lunch at Salvatore Cuomo while viewing the Cherry blooms.

Address: 6 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo (東京都港区六本木6)
Cherry Blossoms Illumination Dates & Hours: Light-up is from March 23rd – mid-April 17:30 ~ 22:30 
Fee: Free
Access: A 3-min walk from Roppongi Station
Event Website: http://www.roppongihills.com.e.nt.hp.transer.com/events/2017/03/002450.html (English page)

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Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 20174. Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo (東京ミッドタウン) – Combine a trip to Roppongi Hills Sakura viewing with a walk through mid-town. There are over 150 cherry trees of eight different varieties – whites and pinks all illuminated. Walk along Sakura dori but also visit Hinokicho Park which is fun for the little ones.  Throughout Cherry blossom season there will be a variety of cultural and solitary events in Midtown to enjoy.

Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo (東京都港区赤坂9-7-1)
Cherry Blossoms Illumination Dates & Hours: March 17 – April 16,  2017,  17:00 ~ 23:00 
Fee: Free
Access: Roppongi Station (Oedo line), exit 8; (Hibiya line), exit 8 via underground passageway near exit 4a; Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda line), exit 3

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5.  Ueno Sakura Matsuri, Tokyo – Ueno Park is wondeful to visit anytime of the year, but Cherry blossom season it comes alive with over 1,000 Ueno Sakura Matsurilanterns, 600 cherry trees and the antique market and special events planned over the Matsuri period.

Date: Saturday, March 18th  – Sunday, April 9, 2016
Time: 9:00 – 20:00
Access: 5-7 min walk from Ueno station on the JR Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line

 

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6. Chidorigafuchi Park (千鳥ケ淵) One of the most beautiful paths to walk or boat is around the Chidorigafuchi moat at the northwest edge of the Imperial Palace.  There is a path called the Chidorigafuchi moat greenery path, which is entered via the Kita-no-maru Koen. You can also rent a boat and travel part of the moat from 10:00 until about 21:00. The trees are lit up at night with the most amazing views. There are also plenty of food stands in nearby Yasukuni Shrine, where another thousand cherry trees are planted.

Address: 2 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo  (東京都千代田区三番町2)
Cherry Blossoms Illumination Dates & Hours: March 28 – April 6, 2017; 18:00 – 22:00
Boating Hours: 9:30 to 20:00 (Last ticket sale 19:30). Closed on Monday.
Fee: Free to enter the park. Boat Fee: 800 yen per 30 min ride
Access: A 5-min walk from the Tokyo Metro Kudanshita Station or Hanzomon Station

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Sumida River Park, Asakusa7. Sumida River Park, Asakusa, Tokyo Take a river boat trip from Hamarikyu Garden Park to Asakusa and then walk alone the Sumida River Park before visiting  Sensoji temple and shrine.  Great family day trip.

Access: Asakusa Station or Asakusa Boat launch
Sumida Park Sakura dates: March 19 – April 9, 2017, Illuminations 18:00 – 21:30
Address: 2-28-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

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8. Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto
Sakura illumination dates: March 25 – April 9, 2017, Illuminations 18:30 – 21:30
Cost: 400 JPY
Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto

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9. Nijo Castle, Kyoto

Sakura illumination dates: March 25 – April 17, 2017, Illuminations 18:00 – 21:00
Cost: 400 JPY
Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto

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10. Maruyama Park, Kyoto –  円山公園 Maruyama Park is free to view and probably the most popular (and crowded) cherry blossom location in Kyoto. It has amazing weeping cherry trees that are breathtaking when illuminated. A very easy to get to location in central Kyoto.

 

Sakura illumination dates: March 13 – April 12, 2017, Illuminations Sunset – 1:00 a.m.
Cost: free
Address: Maruyamacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

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