Sumida Park between the Azumabashi and Sakurabashi bridges is a great place to have a hanami cherry blossom viewing party. There are 640 cherry blossom trees and you can sit by the Sumida river as residents of Edo – Tokyo’s former name – have been doing for hundreds of years. These days, however, you also get a view of the Tokyo Skytree. You can see cherry blossoms on both sides of the river.
A party here could also be combined with a boat trip along the river.
Bring something to eat, drink, a ground-sheet to sit on and warm clothes for when the sun goes down. Naturally, the actual dates of this ‘festival’ very much depend on when the cherry blossoms bloom.
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