Festivals & Events
Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival 上野恩賜公園のうえの桜まつり
Tokyo's cherry blossom hot spot
Home to over one thousand cherry trees, Tokyo's Ueno Park transforms into a sea of pink blossoms in late March and early April. The Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the biggest and most crowded in all of Japan.
- Cheerful and massive crowds along Main Street
- Nighttime illuminations of the cherry trees
How to Get There
Look for the Park Exit at Ueno Station. The exit takes you directly to the side entrance of Ueno Park.
Sakura fit for a shogun
The first cherry trees in today's Ueno Park were planted by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the legendary shogun whose reign began the Edo Period (1603-1868).
Crowds on Main Street
Main Street, about half a kilometer long, runs from the main entrance of Ueno Park past most of the museums and the zoo. It also hosts more than half of the park's 1,000-plus cherry trees. During cherry blossom viewing season, Main Street is packed with nearly two million people coming to bask in the beauty of the sakura.
Eat, drink and be merry
Families, groups of friends and even coworkers get together to celebrate the arrival of spring under the cherry blossoms. You're welcome to bring your own food and drink, but the park will have plenty of stalls offering typical hanami snacks like yakitori, takoyaki, and yakisoba.
After dark is when the real party starts
Hanami parties continue well after dark. As the sun sets, lanterns along the pathways illuminate the cherry blossoms. This spectacular nighttime view of Ueno Park's sakura draws lively crowds late into the night.
I spy with my little eye
Even outside hanami season, Ueno Park is filled with things to see and do. You can visit gorillas and tigers at Ueno Zoo , Japan's oldest, or take a stroll around Shinobazu Pond and check out the striking red five-story pagoda at Kaneiji Temple .