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Shinjuku Cherry Blossom Guide 2020

Mar 13, 2020

Spring is the time for cherry blossoms in Japan! There are plenty of places to see these beautiful flowers in Shinjuku, so keep reading this article to find out where! Don’t forget to check the cherry blossom forecast to see when these flowers will be in bloom before you head out.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Shinjuku’s Best Hanami Spot

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is often referred to as an oasis in the middle of the city. Formerly a private manor belonging to a daimyo (feudal lord), this space was re-designated as a national garden in 1949 and was opened to the public. As there are around 1,000 cherry trees in the garden encompassing 65 different species, there are both early-blooming and late-blooming cherry blossoms for you to enjoy. The Kanzakura cherry blossoms bloom from mid-February and Somei-yoshino blossoms, considered the most well-known variety, bloom from late March. You still have a chance to see cherry blossoms in April too, as there are about 300 Yaezakura trees featuring of 20 differing species for you to enjoy. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is from mid-March to mid-April. During the special opening period from March 25th to April 24th, the garden will be open every day so visitors can make the most of cherry blossom season. You can truly feel springtime in this garden! Make a trip to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden this spring to experience the best cherry blossoms Tokyo has to offer.

Photo (C) Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Management Office

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Entry: 9:00AM-5:30PM (park closes at 6:00PM)
*Hours change depending on the season. Please see the official website for details.
*In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden will be temporarily closed from Friday, March 27th.

Located 10 minutes from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station
Mid-February to late April is the best time to see the cherry blossoms.

Drinking alcohol, using sports equipment and musical instruments in the garden are prohibited.


See Shinjuku Chuo Park’s Cherry Blossoms from the TMG Building

Another famous place for cherry blossoms in Shinjuku is Shinjuku Central Park, a park that is surrounded by skyscrapers. This urban oasis is always filled with seasonal flora and fauna. You can get a view of these pink flowers from above at the nearby TMG Building’s observation deck. Japan’s famous somei-yoshino cherry blossoms can be seen in the park along with deep pink takato okohigan zakura from Takato City in Nagano Prefecture, one of the cities in Japan that Shinjuku has a friendship agreement with.

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Shinjuku Chuo Park

Shinjuku Chuo Park boasts being the largest park owned by the Shinjuku municipal government. Surrounded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and other skyscrapers, this nature-filled park is …

2-11-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
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Yoyogi Park is Filled with Cherry Blossoms in the Spring!

Located in the heart of the city, Yoyogi Park is Tokyo’s most well-known open-air park. Since the park opened in 1967, the cherry trees have grown large and have become a must-see attraction. There are roughly 600 trees featuring somei-yoshinp, ooshima-zakura, and yama-zakura blossoms. When the flowers are in full bloom from late-March, the park’s square is decorated in pink, making it a sight that you can’t miss. If you’re in Tokyo from late-February to early-March, then you can see the early blooming kawazu-sakura. Spring comes a bit early in Yoyogi Park!

Yoyogi Park
2-1 Kamizono-cho, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Cherry blossoms are usually in bloom from late-February to early-April
Fires, tents, and holding a spot for cherry blossom viewing without a person present are forbidden.

There are many cherry blossom spots in Shinjuku that we didn’t feature. If you’re visiting Japan in March or April, then get into the spring spirit and take part in the Japanese custom of cherry blossom viewing!