Cheapo Weekend for March 29-30: Cherry Blossoms Part 1

Carey Finn

Hanami pic by David, used under a Creative Commons Licence.
Hanami pic by David, used under a Creative Commons Licence.

With first bloom forecast for this Friday (!!), this weekend is all about early hanami.

Architecture through the ages: The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum read more
REThink Tokyo

A “flower viewing” picnic party under the cherry blossoms is the quintessential experience of spring in Japan. It’s also one of the cheapest things to do in the city. So gather (or hire) some friends and get out there!

Check out our Top 5 Hanami Spots for ideas on where to go, or head down to one of these other popular places:

Learn to cook like a true local with this ramen and gyoza cooking class! These genius dishes have been hailed as some of Japan’s greatest click here for details
 Suggested Activity 

Yoyogi Park – an estimated 600 cherry trees, and thousands of trendy young things crammed under them.

Inokashira Park – around 1 000 cherry trees, and swan boat jams in the pond.

Koishikawa Korakuen – A traditional Japanese garden that doesn’t offer much in the way of picnic spots, and doesn’t have heaps of trees, but does have weeping cherries – well worth seeing. You can have your actual hanami at the pleasant and spacious Koishikawa Botanical Garden – similar in name, but in a different area.

Asukayama Park – historical, on a hill, hundreds of trees – and they’re lit up at night.



Meguro River – hundreds of trees line the canal/river (from Nakameguro), and they’re lit up at night – it makes for a pretty stroll (but there isn’t really anywhere to have a picnic).

If you can’t be bothered to venture far, your local park probably has a few sakura trees too. It’s not too late to catch the last of the plum blossoms at Yoshino Baigo either.

Visiting Tokyo soon? Don’t leave without downloading our ebook!
30% off coupon code till mid April: CHERRYCHEAPO.

If you’re keen on experiencing another Japanese tradition, sign up for the free Aunkai Bujutsu Beginner’s Seminar – a martial arts event happening in Nerima on Sunday


Watch this next

New Video: A Beginner's Guide to Harajuku

For a look into the unique world of Japanese youth culture and fashion, make Harajuku no. 1 on your list of places to visit in Tokyo.





Get our Tokyo Cheapo Hacks direct to your inbox




Questions or comments about this article? Start a thread on our community forum