Fine dining near the cherry blossoms

Spring is the season for cherry blossom viewing. Whether viewing them in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto or Hokkaido,
increase your pleasure by visiting a nearby restaurant recommended by Savor Japan.

Tokyo

Late March to early April

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

This large, traditional park only a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station features 1,100 cherry trees of 65 varieties.

Open
9:00 to 16:30
(entry until 16:00, Mondays are holidays)
Admission fee
200 yen for adults
50 yen for students
Access
10 minutes by foot from the south entrance of Shinjuku Station (JR Yamanote, Keio and Odakyu lines)
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Ueno Onshi Park

Ueno Onshi Park

Renowned for cherry-blossom viewing since the Edo Period, Ueno Onshi Park’s cherry trees are illuminated by more than 800 paper lanterns at night.

Open
5:00 to 23:00
Access
5 minutes by foot from Ueno Station (JR Yamanote, Ginza and Hibiya lines).
3 minutes by foot from Keisei Ueno Station (Keisei line).
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Sumida Park

Sumida Park

Blossoming cherry trees line both sides of the Sumida River for about a kilometer and can be enjoyed from the shore or a cruise boat.

Access
5 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station (Tobu Isesaki and Ginza lines).
7 minutes by foot from Honjo-azumabashi Station (Asakusa line).
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Meguro River

Meguro River

More than 830 blossoming cherry trees line the banks of the Meguro River for 4 kilometers with petals swirling in the water. The sight is inspiring whether visiting in the daytime or evening.

Access
2 minutes by foot from Naka-meguro Station (Tokyu Tōyoko and Hibiya lines).
5 minutes by foot from JR Meguro Station.
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A Comprehensive Guide to Restaurants in Nakameguro for Enjoying Cherry Blossoms
Meguro River (Meguro-gawa) is a famous spot for viewing cherry blossoms in Tokyo. The cherry blossoms there are best seen together with a nice meal in a restaurant along the river, rather than partying under the trees. Around Nakameguro, where the river is narrow, the branches of the trees on both banks reach out to each other, creating an arch over the river. Here are some select restaurants in Nakameguro from which to see fantastic views of cherry blossoms!
Stylish Cafes Near Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Tokyo
When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, it is often warm during the day, but quite chilly at night. If you're feeling cold, why not take a quick break and enjoy some warm tea inside a cafe? This article introduces a couple of carefully handpicked cafes near popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spots in Tokyo. They are a perfect place to drop by during a hanami date or even on your way home! This article contains some facts about hanami.

Osaka

Late March to late April

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

3,000 cherry trees, including Somei-Yoshino, bloom throughout the park. The very popular Nishinomaru Garden is especially recommended for cherry blossom viewing.

Access
10 minutes by foot from Tanimachi 4-chome Station (Tanimachi and Chuo subway lines)
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Kyoto

Mid March to mid April

Arashiyama

Arashiyama

Relish the beautiful contrast of green foliage and fully blossoming cherry trees on the mountainsides.

Access
5 minutes by foot from Arashiyama Station (Hankyu Arashiyama and Randen Arashiyama lines)
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Around 1,500 cherry trees fill this world heritage site, providing a stunning panoramic view of blossoms from the temple's main stage.

Open
6:00 to 18:00
Admission fee
Adults: 400 yen,
children: 200 yen
Access
10 minutes by foot from Gojozaka Bus Station (accessible by bus from JR Kyoto Station)
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Hokkaido

Early May to mid May

Sapporo Odori Park

Sapporo Odori Park

This beautiful park extending for about 1.5 kilometers from east to west is lined with as many as 4,700 cherry trees of 92 species.

Access
Near Odori Station (Tozai, Namboku and Toho subway lines) or Nishi 11-chome station.
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Goryōkaku Park

Goryōkaku Park

Around 1,600 blooming cherry trees wrap the outer perimeter of this star-shaped fortress in pink. Lanterns illuminate the blossoms in the evening for a fantastic sight.

Access
15 minutes by foot from Goryōkaku-koen-mae Bus Station (accessible by tram from JR Hakodate Station)
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Matsumae Castle

Matsumae Castle

Known in Japan as home of the cherry trees, it boasts around 10,000 cherry trees of 250 varieties that provide a full month of cherry-blossom viewing pleasure.

Access
7 minutes by foot from Matsumae Station (a 90-minute bus ride from JR Kikonai Station).
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Great Food Options After Visiting Famous Cherry Blossom Viewing Locations in Sapporo and Hakodate
Hokkaido's sakura (cherry blossom) season usually begins in late April and lasts until early May. Hokkaido's crystal-clear blue sky, wind with just a hint of chill left in it, and vivid sakura, all come together to form a very beautiful view. After viewing the sakura, you can stop by some delicious restaurants nearby that will satisfy both your stomach and heart. Here are some restaurants that are not to be missed near Maruyama Park (Maruyama Koen) in Sapporo, and Goryokaku Park (Goryokaku Koen) in Hakodate!