Yozakura: cherry blossoms

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In late March or early April, a trip to Tokyo isn’t complete until you go hanami (flower viewing). To see Japan’s famed cherry blossoms or sakura. If you can’t get enough of these small, delicate blooms during the day, they’re as beautiful at night. Many parks and gardens and specific communities light up their cherry trees from dusk throughout the cherry blossom season. The lit blooms, which emit an ethereal glow, are known as yozakura—night cherry blossoms.

Chidorigafuchi-ryokudo Walkway

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Photo courtesy of Chiyoda City Tourism Association

The cherry trees that line the banks of the Chidorigafuchi moat are a sight to see. Two hundred sixty cherry blossom trees, mainly of the famed Somei Yoshino type. Blooms along the 700-meter-long corridor, creating what appears to be a tunnel of cherry blossoms. The lit blooms and the skyscrapers in the Marunouchi business area look stunning at night. During the Chiyoda Sakura-matsuri Festival, the Chidorigafuchi boating area is open until late at night. You may enjoy the vista of cherry blossoms hanging over the moat day or night.

Meguro-gawa River

Nakameguro is a low-key yet fashionable district filled with trendy restaurants and stores. The Meguro-gawa River, which runs through this residential zone, is one of Tokyo’s most famous cherry blossom viewing places. Some 800 trees are bordering a 3.8-kilometer length form a soft pink arch across the river. Creating a stunning picture that makes for beautiful images.


During the Nakameguro Sakura-matsuri Festival in early April. The trees between Tenjin-bashi Bridge and Horai-bashi Bridge are lighted up, bringing this peaceful neighborhood to life. In addition to the illuminations, paper lanterns and food booths contribute to the joyful ambiance. Take a walk around Nakameguro and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Note: The Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival will not take place in 2022.

Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien is the epitome of a Japanese garden from the Edo era. Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, a feudal lord and vassal to the shogun, built it in 1702. After being inspired by the gorgeous sceneries in waka poetry. Yanagisawa created ponds and erected hills on the flatlands of the old Musashino area. To create a typical example of a luxury garden fit for a feudal ruler.

Walking through the grounds through the front gate reveals a 70-year-old shidarezakura (weeping cherry blossom) tree. Despite the age branches are still covered with delicate pink blooms during every cherry blossom season. The sight of its petals cascading down like a cascade is breathtaking. Weeping Cherry Trees Illuminated in a Feudal Lord’s Garden

Tokyo Midtown

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There are 105 cherry trees in Tokyo Midtown, the majority of which are of the Somei Yoshino kind. Furthermore, Tokyo Midtown provides a stunning view of the 44 cherry trees near Hinokicho Park. The cherry blossoms on Sakura-dori Street are lighted at night. Providing a lovely backdrop in the center of Tokyo. Throughout the cherry blossom season, the lights change hues.

Pink lights up the buds, while white lights up the cherry blossoms in full bloom. To commemorate the cherry blossom season, Tokyo Midtown hosts an event called Midtown Blossom every year. Midtown Blossom has previously included live music performances and a cherry blossom-themed champagne lounge, among other activities and attractions.

Sumida Park

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Image credit by Taito City

Sumida Park, located beside the scenic Sumida River, is a great site to see cherry blossoms at night. Over 500 cherry trees of the Somei-yoshino, Oshima, and Sato-zakura kinds are blooming in the park. It also has a great view of the Tokyo Skytree.
The park hosts the annual Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival from late March through early April. During the event, the cherry trees are lighted at night. So people can experience their beauty even after dark. You may also take a boat cruise to get an even better view of the blossoms.

Cherry Blossom Festival at Sumida Park

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