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Tokyo Invites Tourists to Visit the City for Hanami

News This March, Tokyo will celebrate the traditional Cherry Blossoms Festival or simply Hanami that has become incredibly popular around the world. This is the time when hotels in Tokyo are filled with numerous guests who come to see the beauty of countless flowers in bloom. This is a true dream trip of many foreigners, so it is better to book accommodation in advance because the prices will be only rising closer to March.

The date of Hanami 2019 is already known. Sakura trees are expected to flower closer to March 22 with the peaking being around March 29. Locals like this festival as much as foreigners, so expect millions of people outside and admiring blooming cherry trees. What are the best and most idyllic locations to enjoy Hanami? There are many locations in Tokyo where people can enjoy cherry blossoms and make a picnic under the trees.

The park along Meguro River might be the best choice for everyone who wants to take a stroll rather than sit on a blanket. This area has more than 800 cherry trees that are in a fabulous contrast with the water. Chidorigafuchi moat at the Imperial Palace is a no less amazing destination that is particularly appealing to visitors who like close-ups of the pink flowers. The next spot, Tokyo Midtown, is a modern one. Here 150 sakura trees form a tunnel. Numerous vantage points make it comfortable to admire the blossoms on the go to a shopping center or a restaurant.

Roppongi Sakurazaka in Roppongi Hills has only 75 trees, so the area sounds quite modest in comparison to larger gardens. Nevertheless, this is such a picturesque place that Roppongi Sakurazaka is definitely one of the most romantic spots for Hanami in Tokyo, especially after the sunset. In order to look at the city from above, use the monorail through Asukayama Park.

Where do locals prefer to enjoy Hanami? It is not hard to answer this question. Ueno Park with more than 1000 sakura trees is the place that generations of the Japanese people visit to admire the cherry blossoms. Yoyogi Park, the largest park in Tokyo, is one more popular destination. Showa Kinen Park has more than 1,500 trees and one more advantage – Hanami here coincides with a flower festival, making this park a very interesting place to visit. To pair cherry blossoms with food, consider visiting Hashidaya in Nakameguro. It is famous for its Oyakodon or rice bowl with chicken and egg. Upper levels of the restaurant also offer breathtaking views of the cherry blossoms. For authentic food, head to Inokashira Park and find an izakaya in the middle of the park.


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