Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Covered in Cherry Blossoms

I’ve just arrived in Japan for my very first trip, so it would be foolish for me to declare that visiting Japan in one month is better than any other. With this being said, I do believe the pictures I’m about to share with you, which show Tokyo blanketed in sakura cherry blossoms, will make a strong case that April is the best month to visit Japan.

From the first moment I laid eyes upon them, the sea of white and pink cherry blossoms covering the Japanese capital became one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen. Whether you’re curious about when to visit Japan, or simply want a gorgeous reason to take a break from your day, continue reading to see why millions of travelers from around the world come to Japan for hanami – cherry blossom viewing.

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Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Japan is literally painted pink and white during early April. I saw my first cherry blossom tree before my plane even touched down at Narita Airport – by the time I started my official search the next morning, I’d lost count of how many I’d seen!

You can see cherry blossoms in Tokyo simply by showing up. The trick is finding the right place to see them. Many visitors to Tokyo enjoy cherry blossoms in popular parks such as Shinjuku Gyoen, near the nightlife and entertainment district of the same name, Ueno Park and Yoyogi Park, located in iconic Harajuku.

For no particular reason, I chose to head to a place called Chidorigafuchi, on the opposite site of the Imperial Palace from Tokyo Station. I think this ended up being a good decision – I’ll let you judge based on the pictures below.


Hanami is a busy period, but one reason I think it’s the best time to visit Japan is that everyone in the crowd is grinning from ear to ear – I lost track of time traipsing around Chidorigafuchi! I know I smiled long enough that it hurt, so I must’ve spent a good two to three hours there.


Cherry Blossoms Outside of Tokyo

Tokyo looks gorgeous washed in shades of pink, but it’s really just the beginning when it comes to seeing the sakura trees in bloom. Probably the most popular place to see cherry blossoms in Japan (or at least, the most talked-about) is Kyoto, the stunning historical city located to the southeast of Tokyo.

Of course, you’ll need to make your decision on when to visit Japan where based on the date you arrive. Cherry trees bloom from south to north, starting in mid-to-late March in Kyushu and finishing up in mid-to-late April in Hokkaido. One resource I recommend checking out is the blooming calendar published by Japan Tourism.

Not sold on visiting Japan in hanami season yet? If these last few photos of Tokyo speckled with sakura don’t convince you, nothing will!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Leah Travels April 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

Oh, Robert! These are beautiful. The only thing that rivals the flowers are your blue eyes. 🙂

Robert Schrader April 4, 2014 at 7:45 am


Jen @ The Trusted Traveller April 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Amazing shots Robert. You have definitely picked the best time to visit. I was in Tokyo in autumn and the area around Chidorigafuchi was beautiful then but it looks even more beautiful now!

Robert Schrader April 6, 2014 at 12:43 am

Yeah, it’s difficult, because although I think this is probably the objective “best” time to visit, I long to see Japan in the autumn, with crazy fall colors, and winter with the snow – especially Hokkaido!

John Emmanuel Cruz April 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm

I had this cherry blossom experience in Korea but with your photos, I am now looking forward to visit Japan! Thanks for the heads up on when is the best time to go.

Robert Schrader April 11, 2014 at 7:13 am

They have cherry blossoms in Korea?! I guess I’ll be scheduling my first trip to Korea around this time of year, too!

Shahrsad Dortadj September 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

your photos are amazing!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Robert Schrader September 24, 2014 at 6:32 am

Thank you! Tokyo is amazing <3

Arthur H March 11, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Looks amazing! I’m heading there for a weekend in early April. Wish I was there longer, but could only manage a long weekend from DC.

Robert Schrader March 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

Well, you’ll at least be able to see cherry blossoms in two separate locations!

whatwaytoday March 30, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Brilliant photos. But where are your Japanese selfie Sakura poses?? ???? We couldn’t resist!

Robert Schrader April 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm

I wasn’t as adept a selfie taker at that time as I am now. I plan to return for sakura 2017 though. Stay tuned!

Trystan August 30, 2016 at 11:15 pm

Awesome pictures! Spring is definitely the best season to visit Japan, but it is very crowded as well. We recommend also Autumn for the beautiful colors of Japanese landscapes and nature. if your readers want to know the best time to visit Japan, we did a complete guide here Hope it could help 🙂

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