Late
Mar
~
Early
Apr

Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Free

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 2019, the Japan Weather Association’s forecast for Tokyo puts first bloom at the 22nd of March, with the best viewing times to be around April 3rd. For 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!

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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