Tokyo’s Rikugien Gardens, apart from being an Edo-era formal garden, is home to some of the city’s most beautiful night illuminations. In spring sakura season, a giant weeping tree takes center stage.
The vast tree — 23 m by 15 m — is brightly lit by spring sunlight during the day when you can marvel at its sheer size and great age. At night the tree is floodlit, and its pink blooms are illuminated. The park’s evening opening hours are extended during the illumination and the teahouse will be open as well as fun snacks (think mochi on a stick with a face) sold.
Grab your jacket and your traveling companion (or just yourself if you’re a solo adventurer), and go sit in the presence of age and grace.
During the day (before 4:30 p.m.), admission to the park is ¥300, however, special tickets are needed for the evening illuminations. They cost ¥900 if bought in advance and ¥1,100 if bought on the day from 6 p.m.
When does cherry blossom start in Tokyo?
Check out our Tokyo cherry blossom forecast to see the latest dates. For where to see all the blossoms, see our Best Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo Mega Guide, for late-night views, check out our guide to Yozakura events and for elsewhere in Japan check our forecast!Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.