16 Mar Hidden Cherry Blossom Spots near Shinjuku
There are many famous locations for cherry blossoms in Tokyo so which one do you go?
Do you go to the one that is the most famous or would you rather see cherry blossoms with less people around you?
So for those who wants to know hidden spots near Shinjuku, here it is!
Photo by ryuta kawakami
Hop on Yamanote Line from Shinjuku station and alright at Takatanobaba station (only 2 stations away).
Head north and walk toward the Kanda river and you’ll encounter a breath taking scenery of cherry blossoms blooming.
It is definitely not as crowded as Meguro river or Nakameguro, but many locals come here instead to enjoy the spectacular view that is as good as those 2 locations.
Take your time walking around Kanda river and explore the areas around.
In their beautiful garden, hotel Chinzanso has over 120 cherry blossom trees with 21 different kinds. That means whenever you go during spring time, you’ll be able to catch at least one of the kinds blooming. It is a huge garden with waterfall and Japanese triple tower. During cherry blossom season, the hotel offers special spring buffet and you can reserve a seat overlooking the cherry blossom. What a great way to spend your lunch with your friends!
After sunset, the cherry blossoms will be lit up and create a romantic atmosphere. Its scenery will be a lot different compared to day time and it is worth a trip.
Photo by Guilhem Vellut
10-8, Sekiguchi 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku , 112-8680 Tokyo
7 minutes from Mejiro Station (Yamanote Line)
Spring Rejuvenation Period: February 27th – April 10th
Blooming Prediction Date: March 25th – April 4th
Mejiro Garden (目白庭園)
7 minutes walk from Mejiro station, you will see a very peaceful Japanese style garden in residential area. There is a pond in the middle of the park, and you can walk around while experiencing natural beauty. Take a seat at the bench and feel the soothing breathe of spring.
Location: Mejiro 3-20-18
Open: 9:00- 17:00
Closed on every second and fourth Monday
Gakushuin University is 1 minute walk from Mejiro Station. The beautiful rows of cherry blossom that continues from the main gate is impressive. Even if you are not a student, you can register at administrative office and walk around freely. Get a glimpse of what university life is like in Japan.
Photo by Takayuki Kusano
Photo by 班森
Rokugien is famous for its weeping cherry blossom. It is amazing to see the pink petals blooming on the tree. Light up at night is also worth a trip for a peaceful viewing.
Location: Honkomagome 6-16-3, Bunkyo-ku
7 minutes walk from Komagome station (North-south Metro line)
Open from 9am – 9pm (last registration at 8:30pm)
If you are staying around Shinjuku area, why not stop by at those locations to enjoy a peaceful viewing of cherry blossoms.