Tokyo is packed with tourists and locals during cherry blossom season and the popular cherry blossom spots will be mobbed. Here’s a list of place where you can enjoy the cherries without the crowds.
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Tokyo Cherry Blossoms Away From The Crowds
- Hamarikyu Gardens (Shimbashi, Shiodome, Hamamatsucho And Shinagawa): This superb bayside garden near Shiodome and Shimbashi stations has enough space to absorb lots of people without feeling crowded. And there are some stunning trees here.
- Aoyama Cemetery (Harajuku and Aoyama): Roughly between Roppongi and Harajuku, close to Gaienmae Station on the Ginza subway line, this cemetery has some lovely cherry trees. Needless to say, parties and picnics are not allowed.
- Kitanomaru-koen Park (Imperial Palace Area): At the north end of the Imperial Palace, not far from Kudanshita Station, this spacious park is a great place for peaceful cherry blossom viewing. And don’t miss nearby Yasukuni-jinja Shrine, which also has some nice trees.
- Yanaka Cemetery (Ueno): Two stops north of Ueno on the Yamanote Line, this cemetery is a great place for a stroll among the cherry trees. It may be a graveyard but the atmosphere is not at all somber. Just keep in mind that parties and picnics are not permitted.
- Zojo-ji Temple (Shimbashi, Shiodome, Hamamatsucho And Shinagawa): In the shadow of Tokyo Tower, this huge temple has some really find trees scattered about its grounds. The surrounding Shiba-koen Park is also home to some great cherry trees.
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- Best Places To See Cherry Blossoms In Tokyo Away from The Crowds
Where Are These Places Located?See these places on the Truly Tokyo Google map:
- Open the Tokyo map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels / Ryokan / Guesthouses | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | GREEN: Shops | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
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