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Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival 上野恩賜公園のうえの桜まつり

Ueno Park-cherry blossom
Ueno Park-cherry blossom

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.

Don't Miss

  • Cheerful and massive crowds along Main Street
  • Nighttime illuminations of the cherry trees

How to Get There

Located on the Yamanote Line, Ueno Park is easily accessible from anywhere in Tokyo. Ueno Station is four stops from Tokyo Station .

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 .

If you're lucky, you might spot a geisha entertaining here. Some 50 active geisha live nearby in Asakusa . Geisha rarely perform outside, but hanami season in Ueno Park qualifies as a special occasion.

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