Tokyo's Biggest Cherry Blossom Festival is in Nakameguro

By Katie Thompson
Updated: March 26, 2024

Spring is one of Japan's most anticipated seasons. It's synonymous with new beginnings and the emblematic cherry blossom, or sakura. In Tokyo, the biggest cherry blossom festival is held in Nakameguro, a hipster neighborhood only a short train ride from Shibuya (or a healthy 25-minute walk). Every spring, the festival runs from the end of the end March to the first week of April.

Nakameguro sakura

As one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing areas in Tokyo, the Nakameguro river walk attracts locals and tourists alike to enjoy the beautiful pink blossoms reaching over the waterway. Gorgeous during the day with bright blue skies and even beautiful at night with lit-up lanterns from 5pm to 8pm. 

The restaurants and businesses lining the river set up food stands with all sorts of sakura treats, like hanami dango, the classic tri-colored confection of the season. Other photogenic offerings include sparkling wine with strawberries, sticks of candied fruits, and even heart-shaped churros! Since eating while walking is discouraged; I recommend taking your treat to a nearby bridge to enjoy while taking in the view! 

Heart shaped churro on a stick in front of sakura

If sweets aren’t your thing, there are plenty of stalls selling savory snacks, and Nakameguro is full of cafes and restaurants that feature all kinds of cuisine. For a wonderful view over the river, the Starbucks Roastery balcony can’t be beat! But be aware, the line gets very long when the trees are in bloom, so get your tickets early and enjoy a walk around the river while you wait. It's best to get there early to book your time (there are ticket machines near the roastery) and explore the area while you wait.

Tips for the cherry blossoms in Nakameguro


Since Nakameguro gets very crowded, especially during peak bloom and weekends, please be aware that some crowd-control restrictions will be in place. Hanami, aka sakura-viewing picnics, is prohibited in Nakameguro, but you can check out the other best spots in to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo for hanami-friendly areas. 

For a less crowded experience, go in the earlier morning or evening. The areas furthest from Nakameguro Station tend to be less visited. For those who enjoy a nice walk, I recommend starting from Ikejiri-ohashi Station and walking south down along the river (about a 10-minute walk until reaching the river) to avoid the massive crowds at Nakameguro Station.

Enjoy the sakura stress-free by joining one of our cherry blossom experiences! Don’t miss your chance to discover Japan in its most iconic season.

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Katie Thompson
Katie is a Tokyo-based, lifelong nomad whose love language is food. Blessed (and sometimes cursed) with a discerning palate, she’s on a constant journey to find the best flavors the world has to offer.
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