Hanami (flower-viewing) is a chance to reflect on the ephemeral nature of life — or a good excuse for a party.
Viewing the cherry blossoms at Ueno Park is something special since there are more than 800 cherry trees.
Bring something to eat, drink, a ground-sheet to sit on, and warm clothes for when the sun goes down. Expect crowds — which adds to the atmosphere — and have fun. There will be some rules in 2023 about where you can picnic, so make sure to check out the current regulations.
Naturally, the actual dates of this ‘festival’ very much depend on when Mother Nature allows the cherry blossoms to flower, but there will be events throughout, including music and parades from March 25 to 26.
When do cherry blossoms start in Tokyo?
Check out our Tokyo Cherry Blossom Forecast. 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!Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.