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.
When Does Cherry Blossom Start in Tokyo?
For 2017, the Japan Weather Association’s forecast for Tokyo puts first bloom at the 25th of March, with the best viewing times to be between March 31st to April 8th. Check out our 2017 Japan Cherry Blossom Map over on Japan Cheapo.