Best Cherry Blossom Festivals and Events in Tokyo, 2020 (updated March3)


2020.02.27

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Each spring, the sakura (cherry blossom) trees bloom across Japan, drawing visitors from near and far.

The latest forecast for Tokyo has announced that the blooming will start from around March 15, with a variety of events taking place during the season and in the lead-up. In this article, we will introduce some of the city's most popular sakura events and sightseeing spots not to miss, such as Roppongi Midtown and the Tokyo Skytree. (Updated on March 3rd )

  • 01

    Midtown Blossom 2020

    Featuring around 150 cherry trees, including the much-loved Somei Yoshino, this festival takes place in the garden area of Tokyo Midtown and includes a popular illumination event.

    Pink lights will decorate the trees before they bloom while white lights will be used once they’re in flower. Aside from viewing the trees from the street, they can also be enjoyed while dining at one of Midtown’s numerous restaurants.

    Location: Tokyo Midtown, Roppingi
    Access: One minute on foot from Roppongi Station
    Dates: 20 March to 19 April, 2020
    Hours: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm (illumination event)
    Admission: Varies depending on the event

    Tokyo Midtown
    place
    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-1 others
    phone
    0334753100
    opening-hour
    [Shop] 11:00-21:00[Restauran…
  • 02

    Meguro River Sakura Festival 2020 (cancelled)

    Each year, the Meguro River is illuminated from the mid to upper stream during a popular cherry blossom festival. As soon as you exit Nakameguro Station, you’ll see plenty of stalls set up where you can grab food and drinks to enjoy the occasion. However, due to the the spread of the corona virus, this event has been cancelled.

    Access: One minute on foot from Nakameguro Station
    Dates: Official dates not yet released (around 20 days from late March to early April)
    Hours: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (illumination event)
    Admission: Free

    Meguro River
    place
    Tokyo Setagaya Ward Meguro-ku, Shinagawa-ku
  • 03

    Sakura Fes Nihonbashi / Off To Meet

    This year will mark the 7th annual Nihonbashi Sakura Festival, which is themed around the concept of “Off To Meet”. A variety of cherry blossom-inspired installations and events will take place in the Nihonbashi area, including sakura artworks, food market and the illumination of trees along Edo Sakura-dori and Chuo-dori.

    Location: Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas
    Access: Most venues are accessible on foot from Shin-Nihombashi Station, Mitsukoshimae Station and Nihombashi Station.
    Dates: 15 March to 5 April, 2020
    Hours: Varies depending on the event
    Admission: Free

  • 04

    Flowers By Naked 2020 - Sakura -

    Held each year since 2016, the annual Flowers By Naked digital art exhibition will take place at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in the lead up to the hanami season. A highlight will be their cherry blossom-viewing space “Ousai”, which combines projection mapping, art creation, and real cherry blossoms.

    Location: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall COREDO Muromachi 1, 5F (entrance on the 4th floor)
    Access: Four minutes on foot from Shin-Nihombashi Station
    Dates: 30 January to 1 March, 2020
    Hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Admission:
    Weekdays - 1,800 yen (Adults)
    Saturdays, Sundays and holidays - 2,200 yen (Adults)
    *See website for detailse

    COREDO Muromachi
    place
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashimuromachi 2-2-1
    opening-hour
    [Shop] 10:00-21:00[Restauran…
  • 05

    Sakura and Jellyfish (aquarium closed between March 1st to March 15th)

    To coincide with the hanami season, the Sumida Aquarium is hosting an interactive art exhibit “Sakura and Jellyfish”, where cherry blossom trees will be projected onto their eight jellyfish tanks. In addition, Sakura and Jellyfish soda will be sold at the Penguin Cafe.

    ・Location: Sumida Aquarium
    ・Access: One minute on foot from Tokyo Skytree Station
    ・Dates: 28 February to 27 April, 2020 (due to the the spread of the corona virus, the aquarium is closed between March 1st to March 15th)
    ・Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
    ・Admission: 2,050 yen (Adults)
    *See website for detailse

    SUMIDA AQUARIUM
    place
    Tokyo Sumida-ku Oshiage 1-1-2 Tokyo Sky Tree Town/Sola Machi 5/6 F
    phone
    0356191821
    opening-hour
    [Weekday]10:00-19:00(Latest …
  • 06

    teamLab Planets Tokyo DMM

    To celebrate the hanami season, teamLab Planets Tokyo DMM will have two themed works on display at their innovative Toyosu museum. Aside from the “Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers” installation, there will also be a digital exhibit where you can walk amidst what appears to be a pool filled with carp.

    ・Location: teamLab Planets TOKYO
    ・Access: One minute on foot from Shin-Toyosu Station
    ・Dates: 1 March to 30 April, 2020
    ・Hours:
    10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Monday to Thursday)
    10:00 am to 9:00 pm (Fridays)
    9:00 am to 9:00 pm (Saturdays and public holiday eves),
    9:00 am to 7:00 pm (Sundays and public holidays).
    9:00 am to 9:00 pm from 20 March to 4 April
    ・Admission: 3,200 yen (Adults)
    *See website for detailse

  • 07

    Skytree Round Theater (closed between March 1st to March 15th)

    The Skytree Round Theater will host a limited spring program to coincide with the cherry blossom viewing season, as will the Konica Minolta Planetarium "Tenku" Sakura Dome (20 February to 7 April). In addition, the Solamachi Sakura Festival will also take place at the Tokyo Skytree from 28 March to 5 April.

    ・Location: Tokyo Skytree
    ・Access: One minute on foot from Tokyo Skytree Station
    ・Dates: 2 March to 7 April (Due to the the spread of the corona virus, the theater is closed between March 1st to March 15th)
    ・Hours: 7:15 pm and 8:15 pm (2 to 31 March), 8:30 pm (1 to 7 April)
    ・Tembo (Observation) Deck Admission:
    weekdays - 2,100 yen (adults),
    weekends/holidays - 2,300 yen (Adults)
    *See website for detailse

    Tokyo Skytree (R)
    place
    Tokyo Sumida-ku Oshiage 1-1-2
    phone
    0570550634
    opening-hour
    [Observatory] 8:00-22:00 (La…
  • 08

    Takanawa Sakura Festival 2020

    Backed by a red Kannon-do and a reflective pond, this Japanese garden in Takanawa will ignite with Kawazu and Somei Yoshino cherry trees during the hanami season.

    ・Location: Grand Prince Hotel
    ・Access: Five minutes on foot from Shinagawa Station
    ・Dates: 15 March to 5 April, 2020
    ・Hours: 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm (illumination events)
    ・Admission: Varies depending on the event

    Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa
    place
    3-13-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku Tokyo
    phone
    0334471111
  • 09

    Sakura Aquarium by Naked (closed between Feb 29th to March 15th)

    Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa offers a state-of-the-art sound and light program, “Sakura Aquarium” directed by Naked, a popular creative company famous for its 3D projection mapping and illuminations all over Japan. During this event, projections of Japanese cherry blossom float through the aquarium to create a fantastic space full of weeping cherries all around from ceilings to the floor and the displays are decorated in hanami-style pink and white.

    ・Location: Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
    ・Access: Five minutes on foot from Shinagawa Station
    ・Dates: 3 March to 19 April, 2020 (Due to the the spread of the corona virus, the park is closed between Feb 29th to March 15th)
    ・Hours: 10:00am to 10:00 pm last entry at 9:00pm (aquarium open hours)
    ・Admission: 2,300 yen (adult)
    *See website for details

    Aqua Park Shinagawa
    rating

    4.0

    819 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Minato-ku Takanawa 4-10-30 within Shinagawa Prince Hotel
    phone
    0354211111
    opening-hour
    10:00-22:00 (Last entry 21:0…
  • 10

    Yozakura Jewellumination (closed between Feb 29th to March 15th)

    Taking place at Yomiuri Land, this spectacular event will have several sections of the park illuminated in different colors and themes, as well as a dance show featuring synchronized lights and music.

    ・Location: Yomiuri Land
    ・Access: A short bus or gondola ride from Keio Yomiuri Land Station
    ・Dates: 24 October to 6 May, 2020 (Due to the the spread of the corona virus, it is closed between Feb 29th to March 15th)
    ・Hours: 4:00 pm to 8:00/8:30 pm (please check the official website for current opening hours)
    ・Admission: From 4:00 pm to close of business - 1,500 yen (Adults)
    *See website for detailse

    Yomiuri Land
    rating

    4.0

    267 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Inagishi Yanokuchi 4015-1
    phone
    0449661111
    opening-hour
    9:00-20:00/10:00-17:00 etc. …
  • 11

    Ueno Sakura Festival

    Each year a popular cherry blossom festival takes place in Ueno Park, attracting visitors from near and far to picnic beneath the sakura trees. Aside from specialty food and drink stalls, there will be illumination event after sun set.

    ・Location: Ueno Park
    ・Access: One minute on foot from UenoStation
    ・Dates: 20 March to 12 April, 2020 (expected dates)
    ・Admission: Free

    Ueno-onshi-koen Park
    rating

    3.5

    42 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen - Ikenohata 3
    phone
    0338285644
    opening-hour
    5:00-23:00(Entry prohibited …
  • 12

    Hibiya Blossom 2020

    Marking the second anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, the Hibiya Blossom 2020 will see several sakura-themed events taking place around Hibiya Step Square. Aside from colorful flowers and the Hibiya Blossom Marche, there will also be a stage featuring live music performances.

    Location: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
    Access: One minute on foot from Hibiya Station
    Dates: 27 March to 19 April, 2020
    Hours: Varies depending on the event
    Admission: Free

    TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Yurakucho 1-1-2
    phone
    0345809159
  • 13

    Rikugi-en Weeping Cherry Tree and Daimyotei Garden Light-Up

    The Rikugien Gardens is one of Tokyo’s most beautiful gardens and is particularly renowned for its Shidarezakura (weeping cherry blossoms). To celebrate their bloomings, the gardens are hosting an illumination event from sunset to 9:00 pm every night during the season.

    Location: Rikugien Gardens
    Access: Two minutes on foot from Komagome Station
    Dates: 20 March to 2 April, 2020
    Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Admission: 300 yen

    Rikugien no Sakura
    rating

    4.5

    959 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Bunkyo-ku Hon-komagome 6-chome 16-3
    phone
    0339412222
  • 14

    Hyakudan Kaidan’s Spring Exhibition

    Located along the Meguro River, which is famed for its cherry blossoms, the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo will be hosting a sakura-inspired art exhibition during the hanami season. In addition, they will be presenting a special menu of cherry blossom-themed dishes at their cafes and restaurants.

    Location: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
    Access: Three minutes via Gyoninzaka or five minutes via Gonnosukezaka on foot from Meguro Station
    Dates: 27 March to 12 April, 2020
    Hours: Please check the official website closer to the date
    Admission: 1,600 yen (Adults)
    *See website for detailse

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