There’s no shortage of great places in Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms. Here’s our pick for the best sites.

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Kitanomaru Park (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

This is a national park adjacent to the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward, located on the path from Kudan to the Imperial Palace, and the Nippon Budokan is located on the site. In the 1950s, when many buildings of the former Konoe Regiment, etc. were removed and the park was developed as a forest park, cherry trees were planted and now there are about 300 cherry trees mainly Someiyoshino.

Sotobori Park (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

The park along the 2.5km-long causeway from JR Iidabashi Station to Yotsuya Station in Chiyoda Ward is the Outer Moat Park, a remnant of the outer moat of Edo Castle. Along the moat, someiyoshino cherry trees form a row of cherry trees. The area around Yotsuya Station is the best place for cherry blossom viewing as it is on the bank and has a space more than 5 meters wide.

National Theatre of Japan (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

The National Theatre of Japan is where you can see performances of Kabuki, Bunraku and Noh, the traditional Japanese performing arts, and is located on the north side of the National Diet Building in Chiyoda Ward. The National Theatre is said to be a hidden cherry blossom viewing spot in Chiyoda Ward, and the National Theatre Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year in the front garden of the National Theatre.

Hibiya Park (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

Hibiya Park was Japan’s first Western-style modern park, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003. As it is called an oasis in the business district, the park has many fountains, including the Grand Fountain, the largest symbol of Hibiya Park, which provides a place of relaxation for people taking a rest nearby, and about 60 cherry trees that have been planted to soothe people.

Jobanbashi Park (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

This is a small park on the other side of the street in front of the Bank of Japan’s head office on Tokiwa-bashi Bridge between Otemachi in Chiyoda-ku and Nihonbashi Hongokucho in Chuo-ku. The ruins of the Tokiwanbashi Gate, which served as the main entrance to Edo Castle, are protected as a historic site under the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties, and a bronze statue of Eiichi Shibusawa, who devoted himself to the protection of the gate, stands in this park.

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace is a 21-hectare garden centered on the Honmaru and Ninomaru areas of the former Edo Castle, located on the east side of the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward. The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace is a large cherry blossom planting area in the heart of the city, where a variety of cherry trees bloom in a spacious area within the grounds where many historic buildings exist.

Chidorigafuchi Park (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

 

This park was built along the moat on the west side of the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward and is also called Hanzomon Park because of its proximity to Hanzomon. About 170 cherry trees including Someiyoshino and Yamazakura are planted and you can enjoy the beauty of pink cherry blossoms which contrast well with the deep green water surface of Hanzo moat and Chidorigafuchi.

Yasukuni Shrine (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

 

This park was built along the moat on the west side of the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward and is also called Hanzomon Park because of its proximity to Hanzomon. About 170 cherry trees including Someiyoshino and Yamazakura are planted and you can enjoy the beauty of pink cherry blossoms which contrast well with the deep green water surface of Hanzo moat and Chidorigafuchi.

Chidorigafuchi Greenway (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

 

The promenade is about 700 meters long along Chidorigafuchi on the west side of the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward and is said to be one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. About 260 Someiyoshino cherry trees and Oshima cherry trees make the entire promenade a tunnel of cherry blossoms. The contrast of the cherry blossoms hanging over the water of Chidorigafuchi is a wonderful sight and there are many great spots for taking pictures.

Hamarikyu Gardens (Chuo-ku, Tokyo)

 

This is a representative garden of the Edo period with a tidal pond and two duck ponds, the only one in Tokyo with seawater from Tokyo Bay. The tidal pond is a style of seaside garden where seawater is drawn in and the pond changes its appearance according to the ebb and flow of the tide.

Nihonbashi Sakura Street (Chuo-ku, Tokyo)

 

It is a narrow street stretching about 1 km from Tokyo Station to Kayabacho. The history is quite old. After cherry trees were planted in 1936, they were destroyed by fire due to the war, and were planted again in 1956 and named “Sakura-dori” at that time. It is a one-way street with two lanes from the Yaesu North Exit of Tokyo Station to Kayabacho, with the long-established Takashimaya Department Store on the left near Nihonbashi.

Ginza Sakura-dori (Chuo-ku, Tokyo)

 

It is a hidden cherry blossom viewing spot located in close proximity to Ginza 1-chome Station on the Tokyo Metro Line. In the first half of the cherry blossom season, the area is covered in pale pink Someiyoshino cherry trees, which seem to start the quiet cherry blossom season, and then the star of the show is the 50 or so bright pink Yaezakura cherry trees that stand in a row.

Kyu-Shibarikyu Gardens (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

The Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Gardens is a garden in the city, so it is an atmospheric spot where you can see the cherry blossoms with the monorail and other city buildings in the background. The garden is made of many famous stones, and you can feel the weight of history from the calculated beauty of the cherry blossoms when they are incorporated into the magnificent masonry.

Shiba Park (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

It is one of the oldest parks in Japan along with Ueno, Asakusa, Fukagawa and Asukayama, designated in 1873 in Minato Ward, where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms even while looking at Tokyo Tower up close. There are about 200 cherry trees such as Someiyoshino, Yama-zakura and Sato-zakura planted on the Maruyama tumulus, which is a historical site designated by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and around the foot and Benten-ike area.

Tokyo Tower (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

It is a 333m radio tower located in Minato Ward, Tokyo, and is a tourist attraction that everyone knows as a symbol of Tokyo. The cherry blossoms with Tokyo Tower in the background is popular among the cherry blossom viewing spots in the area, and is often photographed. It is one of the few spots where you can look down from Tokyo Tower to see the cherry blossoms.

Zojoji Temple (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

It is one of the seven head temples of the Jodo sect and is known as the family temple of the Tokugawa family. The temple is known as one of the seven main temples of the Jodo sect and the family temple of the Tokugawa family. The best view from the entrance of the temple is the Sanmon Gate, where the main hall and Tokyo Tower are set against a backdrop of weeping cherry trees.

ARK Hills (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

Since its completion in Minato Ward in 1986, ARK Hills has been a representative of the business district of the 21st century as a 24-hour complex that responds to the age of internationalization and information technology, and it seems to be a cutting-edge place to enjoy cherry blossoms as well. You can enjoy a variety of plants from season to season in the seven gardens (yards) of the “ARK Garden” where you can get in touch with nature in the heart of the city.

Tokyo Midtown (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

Opened in March 2007 in the historic Roppongi district of Tokyo’s Minato-ku, it is a complex of a hotel, cultural facilities, 130 commercial shops, offices, residences, a hospital and a park. Under the concept of “On the green”, the concept of “Japanese garden” is incorporated in this nature-filled town, where 103 cherry trees, mainly Someiyoshino cherry trees, have been planted.

Aoyama Cemetery (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

This is a metropolitan cemetery located in Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, one of the most prestigious areas in Tokyo. It is a place where many famous people have been laid to rest and where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms in peace and quiet. There are about 440 Someiyoshino cherry trees planted throughout the 26 hectares of land, and the best part of the cemetery is the rows of cherry trees that stretch along the road that runs north to south.

Roppongi Hills Mori Garden (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

Opened in 2003 in Roppongi, Minato-ku, this is the largest scale urban redevelopment project in Japan, which created a new “cultural city center” in Tokyo.

Roppongi Sakura-zaka (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

The Sakura-zaka Cherry Blossom Lane at Roppongi Hills is a quiet 400-meter walkway lined with about 75 cherry trees. The gentle slope is so quiet that you may forget you are in Roppongi, and the Gardening Club has planted a variety of plants at the foot of the cherry trees.

Shinjuku Gyoen (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)

 

There is a historical cherry blossom culture, such as the “Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” which started as an imperial event for international goodwill, and about 1,300 cherry trees of 65 varieties are grown here, including “Ginkgo”, a representative double-flowered cherry tree from that era. You can enjoy various kinds of cherry blossoms from February to late April.

Rikugien (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)

 

It is said to be one of the two most famous gardens in Edo, located in Bunkyo Ward. It is a “Kaiyushiki Tsukuyama Sensui Teien”, a delicate and mild Japanese garden with artificially built mountains and a large pond, which was created over a period of seven years by digging a pond and building a mountain in a corner of the flat Musashino area.

Harimazaka Sakura Namiki (Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo)

 

It was named “Harimasaka” after the residence of Harimamori Matsudaira who once lived here. Since then, the local people have nurtured the rows of magnificent cherry trees, many of which are more than 40 years old, and you can enjoy the vigorous and large cherry trees.

Sumida Park (Taito Ward, Tokyo)

 

Always one of the top spots for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto, this park straddles Sumida and Taito wards along the Sumida River, where everyone enjoys the historic site opened by the 8th Tokugawa Shogun, Yoshimune, so that the people could also enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms. The park is a great place to enjoy a traditional hanami experience from a yakatabune (houseboat), and the cherry blossom festivals held on both banks of the river include children’s events.

Ueno Onshi Park (Taito Ward, Tokyo)

 

Located in Ueno, Taito-ku, it is the oldest park in Japan along with Shiba, Asakusa, Fukagawa and Asukayama, which was designated in 1873 and is known for its cherry blossoms and Shinobazuno Pond, and is called the Cultural Forest. It has been known as a “cherry blossom viewing spot” since the Edo period (1603-1868), when the cherry trees were transplanted from Yoshinoyama by priest Tenkai, who was fond of cherry blossoms, to this place, which was the precincts of Kan-eiji Temple on Toeizan.

Kinshi Park (Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

 

Sumida Kinshi Park, located in Kinshi, Sumida Ward and close to Kinshicho Station, is a multi-purpose sports park and a famous cherry blossom viewing spot. It is a community-based park that is close to downtown and easy to visit, and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the enjoyable events that bring the local community together.

Sendai Horikawa Park (Koto-ku, Tokyo)

 

Sendai Horikawa Park, one of the largest water parks in Tokyo with a total length of 3.7 km, and Minamisuna Ryokudo Park, a park planted on the former Toden site located on the southwest side of the park, are a pair of spots known as the best cherry blossom viewing course in Koto City.

Meguro River lined with cherry blossoms (Meguro-ku, Tokyo)

 

This is a row of cherry blossom trees along the 8km-long Meguro River, which runs from Setagaya Ward through Meguro and Shinagawa Wards to Tokyo Bay, and stretches about 3.8km from Ohashi to Meguro Station. The view from the center of some of the bridges over the river is spectacular, with a tunnel of cherry blossoms that seems to absorb you in.

Senzokuike Park (Ota Ward, Tokyo)

 

The park has one of the largest ponds in Tokyo, Senzoku Pond, which is about 4 hectares in size and is located in Ota Ward. More than 200 cherry trees, mainly Someiyoshino cherry trees, are planted around the pond, and the contrasting scenery of the large pond and cherry trees is beautiful to see from the shore on a walk.

Tamagawadai Park (Ota Ward, Tokyo)

 

This park is located in Ota Ward on a hilly area of about 750 meters along the Tama River. There are many places to see such as the Tamagawadai tumulus cluster including the Kamekoyama tumulus, an observatory, an aquatic plant garden, a hydrangea garden, etc. There are also facilities that may help you learn history such as the Kofun Exhibition Room where replicas of items excavated from the tumulus are displayed.

JRA Bajikouen (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)

 

The Bajikouen was established by the Japan Central Horse Racing Association in 1940 and opened in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. 18 hectares of green land, about four times the size of Tokyo Dome, is filled with a variety of horse-related facilities. During the cherry blossom season in spring, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of cherry blossoms and horses around the pasture, which looks like it could be used as a picture postcard.

Kinuta Park (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)

 

The park is located in Setagaya Ward and was built under the theme of “a park that can be enjoyed by the whole family”.

Yoyogi Park (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

 

Located in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, this forest park is the fifth largest urban park in the 23 wards of Tokyo and is said to have the widest sky in central Tokyo. There are more than 500 cherry trees, mainly Someiyoshino, planted throughout the park. There are many flat grassy areas such as the central square, so it is nice to watch the cherry blossoms while lying down and relaxing.

Nakano Street (Nakano Ward, Tokyo)

 

The trees along Nakano Dori are some of the most beautiful in Tokyo, and the cherry blossom season is said to be wonderful. In particular, the tunnel of cherry trees created by about 300 Someiyoshino cherry trees along the 2km road from Nakano Station to Philosophical Hall is truly magnificent.

Araiyakushi Park (Nakano-ku, Tokyo)

 

This park is located in Nakano Ward and has Araiyakushi on its grounds. Originally, Arai Yakushi opened a part of its precincts to the local people. There are 24 Someiyoshino cherry trees planted in the park and it is the main venue of “Nakano Street Cherry Blossom Festival”. The park has many places for children to play, including a green and shade plaza, a children’s hall, a jabu-jabu pond, and a sandbox.

Zempukuji River Green (Suginami-ku, Tokyo)

 

This is a metropolitan park opened in 1964, spreading along the Zempukuji River in Suginami Ward. Because it is located along the meandering river, the trees and scenery change little by little, and the beauty of the scenery never gets old with the changing seasons. There are about 400 Someiyoshino and Yamazakura cherry trees planted throughout the park.

Ukima Park (Kita-ku, Tokyo)

 

This is a park with a large pond that stretches between Itabashi and Kita wards in Tokyo, north of Ukima Funawatari Station on the JR Saikyo Line. About 200 cherry trees are planted around the pond, and the cherry blossoms are concentrated in a row of about 180 meters long cherry blossom trees. There is a windmill installed as a symbol of the park by the pond near the row of cherry trees, and the scenery with the row of cherry trees is picturesque from any angle.

Kita-ku Chuo Park (Kita-ku, Tokyo)

 

There are about 220 cherry trees planted in the entire park, but because they are planted in concentration, you can enjoy more magnificent cherry blossoms than the number of trees. In the lawn park, you can hear wild birds chirping among the trees, and you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing while relaxing and soaking in nature.

Asukayama Park (Kita-ku, Tokyo)

 

Located in Kita-ku, Tokyo, it is one of the oldest parks in Japan along with “Ueno Onshi Koen”, “Shiba Koen” and “Fukagawa Koen”, which were designated by a proclamation of the Grand Council of State in 1873.

Otonashi Water Park (Kita-ku, Tokyo)

 

This park was built on the old channel of the Otonashi River and has been selected as one of the “100 Best Urban Parks in Japan”. The park is colored with water, rocks and greenery, and a promenade is maintained. The cherry blossoms blooming all over the park and the presence of the Otonashi Bridge above the park are representative of the park. The cherry blossoms create a tunnel on the well-maintained stone pavement and the Japanese style structure with wooden bridge and pavilion is relaxing.

Shakujii Park (Nerima Ward, Tokyo)

 

There are about 170 Someiyoshino cherry trees and 70 yamazakura cherry trees planted around the northern plateau of Sanboji Pond, which is surrounded by forests and has a quiet atmosphere. Even after the cherry blossoms are over, you can enjoy the kakitsubata and water lilies that add color to the surface of the water.

Toshimaen (Nerima Ward, Tokyo)

 

It is an amusement park with a long history that opened in 1926 in Nerima Ward, Tokyo. There are about 500 cherry trees planted in the amusement park, and you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing while strolling around the park or from one of the amusement park’s unique attractions.

Hikarigaoka Park (Nerima Ward, Tokyo)

 

It is a metropolitan park with rich nature and sports facilities located in Nerima Ward (partly in Itabashi Ward). The total area of the park is about 60 hectares, of which more than one-tenth (6 hectares) is a vast lawn with about 1,100 Someiyoshino and Yamazakura cherry trees. The weeping cherry is also famous for its beauty, although there are not many of them.

Mizumoto Park (Katsushika-ku, Tokyo)

 

The park is located in Katsushika Ward and is one of the largest parks in Tokyo, covering an area of about 82 hectares, and has the scenery of a water village. You can enjoy the great nature from any place in the site. The waterway on the east side of the park is famous for fishing and watching creatures, and there is also a bird sanctuary where you can watch wild birds.

Fujimori Park (Hachioji, Tokyo)

 

It is the oldest park in Hachioji City, opened in 1896 (Meiji 29). There are many sports facilities such as a new futsal court, track and field, baseball field, and gymnasium, and many events such as cherry blossom viewing, fireworks, and flea market are held here, making it a relaxing place for citizens.

Takiyama Park (Hachioji, Tokyo)

 

The park is located in the center of the gently sloping Kasumi Hills that stretch southeast from the confluence of the Tama and Akigawa Rivers in Hachioji City. The ruins of Takigawa Castle are located in the northern part of the park, and the entire hillside is decorated with approximately 5,000 cherry trees planted throughout the park.

Tama Forest Science Park (Hachioji, Tokyo)

 

This is a facility of the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), an independent administrative agency. The park has a “cherry preservation forest” with an area of about 8 hectares to preserve the genes of cherry trees from all over Japan. About 1,500 cherry trees from all over Japan are planted, including cultivars that have been handed down since the Edo period and clones of valuable cherry trees designated as national natural monuments.

National Showa Memorial Park (Tachikawa City, Tokyo)

 

It is a national park with a total area of 180 hectares, which opened in 1983 as part of the commemorative project for the 50th anniversary of the Emperor Showa’s reign in the area straddling Tachikawa City and Akishima City. Under the theme of “Restoration of greenery and improvement of humanity,” the park is still evolving toward completion every day with the goal of creating a park that combines public space and culture surrounded by greenery.

Zanbori River (Tachikawa City, Tokyo)

 

You can enjoy a tunnel of cherry trees along the 2km promenade leading from Zanbori River, one of the tributaries of Tama River flowing in the western part of Tachikawa to Tamagawa-josui. In Zanbori River, the contrast of the yellow color of rape blossoms along the riverside and the pale pink color of the rows of cherry trees on both banks shines beautifully in a splendor that is only possible in spring.

Nekawa Green Road (Tachikawa City, Tokyo)

 

The Negawa Greenway is located in the southern part of Tachikawa City and is one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Tachikawa City. The road is about 1.3km long and the width of the road is about 2 to 3m, and there are about 250 cherry trees along the road.

Inokashira Onshi Park (Musashino City, Tokyo)

 

The park was established in Musashino City, Tokyo in 1913 as Japan’s first suburban park. The park is centered around Inokashira Pond, which is known as one of the three largest spring-fed ponds in Musashino, and is famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms, which have been selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan. Around 250 Someiyoshino and Yamazakura cherry trees bloom around the Inokashira Pond.

Around Nogawa promenade (Chofu City, Tokyo)

 

The Nogawa River, a tributary of the Tama River system, originates in Kokubunji City and runs southeastward through the Tama area, flowing through Koganei, Mitaka, Chofu and Komae Cities and joining the Tama River in Setagaya Ward, where a promenade has been developed throughout the area. The nature trail can be walked from near Kitami Station on the Odakyu Line to near Koganei City, and is a precious nature-filled walking path even in Tokyo.

Jindai Botanical Park (Chofu City, Tokyo)

 

This is a metropolitan botanical park in Chofu City where you can enjoy the beauty of plants, trees and flowers throughout the four seasons. 100,000 plants of about 4,500 kinds are planted in the park. The park is divided into blocks for each type of plant, such as the rose garden, azalea garden, and plum garden, so that visitors can learn about plants while enjoying the scenery.

Koganei Park (Koganei City, Tokyo)

 

This park is the largest of the metropolitan parks in Koganei City, covering an area of about 79 hectares. It is a traditional cherry blossom viewing spot and is so popular that it has been selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan. The theme of the park is “Flowers and Greenery in a Spacious Environment,” and the park is surrounded by wooded areas and lawns, with about 1,700 cherry trees planted here.

Kunitachi City Sakura Street (Kunitachi City, Tokyo)

 

Kunitachi Sakura Street is a street stretching from east to west beyond Daigaku Street, which is also a cherry blossom spot, straight from the south exit of Kunitachi Station. 1700 meters long, about 200 cherry trees are planted on both sides of the street. 4 lanes of the street are like a cherry blossom tunnel with cherry trees on both sides.

Kunitachi City University Street (Kunitachi City, Tokyo)

 

Kunitachi Daigaku Dori is a straight street from the south exit of Kunitachi Station, passing in front of Hitotsubashi University and before “Sakura Dori”, another cherry blossom spot. 170 cherry trees are planted on both sides of the 1100m street. The view of the beautiful straight street with big cherry trees and ginkgo trees on both sides of the road is so refined and magnificent that it is a view spot from any angle.

Cherry blossom trees along the Tama River in Fussa City, Tokyo

 

This is a 2.5km-long row of cherry trees along the bank of the Tama River in Fussa City, Tokyo, where the U.S. Yokota Air Base is located. The contrast between the blue of the river and the sky and the pink of the cherry blossoms is pleasant and the air is pleasant, and the view is wonderful.

Lake Tama (Higashiyamato City, Tokyo)

 

It is a Tokyo Metropolitan Nature Park of about 775 hectares around Lake Tama spreading in Higashiyamato City, Musashimurayama City and Mizuho Town, Nishitama County. 40,000 cherry trees are said to be planted along Lake Tama, and it is good to view them from a distance. It is also nice to enjoy the cherry blossoms while cycling along the lakeside.

Sakuragaoka Park (Tama City, Tokyo)

 

Located in the Tama Hills Nature Park in Tama City, this park is characterized by its many natural forests consisting of hills and valleys. Most of the hills are covered with thickets, and visitors can enjoy nature in all four seasons. During the cherry blossom season, you can enjoy the atmospheric scenery of someiyoshino cherry trees and yamazakura cherry trees that are scattered in the thickets, coloring the hillsides.

Beguta River (Tama City, Tokyo)

 

The rows of cherry trees along the Beguta River, which runs from the north side of Tama Center Station in Tama City to the south side of Tama New Town Street, are in full bloom during the cherry blossom season, and as many as 540 cherry trees are planted along both banks of the 4-km-long river.

Yomiuri Land (Inagi City, Tokyo)

 

Opened in 1964, the same year as the Tokyo Olympics, this amusement park in Inagi City has boasted some of the most advanced facilities of any amusement park in Japan. The cherry blossoms in the vast grounds are a sight to behold, and the view from the Banded roller coaster, which has a maximum speed of 110 km/h, looks like a carpet of cherry blossoms.

Hamura Intake Weir and its vicinity (Hamura City, Tokyo)

 

Opened in 1964, the same year as the Tokyo Olympics, this amusement park in Inagi City has boasted some of the most advanced facilities of any amusement park in Japan. The cherry blossoms in the vast grounds are a sight to behold, and the view from the Banded roller coaster, which has a maximum speed of 110 km/h, looks like a carpet of cherry blossoms.

Komine Park (Akiruno City, Tokyo)

 

The park is located in Akiruno City in the Akikawa Hillside Nature Park and is also known as Komine National Recreation Area. The 11 hectare area is full of nature such as valleys, ridges, streams, grasslands, and wooded areas. At the Komine Visitor Center, you can learn how to enjoy walking around the park and observe the nature from the nature guides.

Kompira Park (Akiruno City, Tokyo)

 

This park is located near the halfway up Mt. It is especially popular for its yamazakura (mountain cherry blossoms), and is also famous for its azalea blossoms in early May. It is an ideal mountain for hiking, and even children can easily climb up from the Itsukaichi Branch Office of the City Hall, about 10 minutes after getting off at Musashi Itsukaichi Station.

Lake Okutama (Nishitama-gun, Tokyo)

Located in Nishitama County, this man-made lake, officially named Ogouchi Reservoir, was completed in 1957 and is a water reservoir for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The mountains surrounding the lake’s surface offer magnificent views of cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn leaves in the fall. During the cherry blossom season, about 10,000 cherry trees are in full bloom, creating a wonderful balance between the slightly different colors of the mountains and the contrast with the lake.

 

 

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