Sophia Dori

Name in Japanese: ソフィア通り
Address: Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [map]
Access: 188 m from Yotsuya Station Marunouchi Line (M12)Namboku Line (N8)Chūō Line (Rapid) (JC4)Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB26)
0.6 km from Kōjimachi Station Yurakucho Line (Y15)
1.0 km from Hanzomon Station Hanzomon Line (Z5)
Admission: Free

Skirting around the western edge of Sophia University, Sophia-dori is a normally unremarkable thoroughfare – except for the two weeks a year at the end of March/start of April when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

The best walking course is actually at the top of the rise which runs alongside the street – which was the inner defensive wall of the Edo Castle outer moat. While the path at the top of the ridge isn’t very wide, it’s wide enough to squeeze in a blue sheet, making it a popular hanami spot.

Sophia Dori is right next to Yotsuya Station.