Festivals & Events
Hamarikyu Gardens Cherry Blossoms 浜離宮恩賜庭園の桜
Sakura illuminated in a peaceful garden park
Cherry blossom, or sakura, is synonymous with spring when the whole country becomes awash with pale pink. Open spaces draw huge crowds as hanami or cherry blossom viewing parties enter full swing. If you wish to see the delicate petals in peace and quiet consider a trip to Hamarikyu Gardens .
How to Get There
The gardens are a 15-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station. It takes about five minutes to reach the gardens from Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line or the elevated Yurikamome Train Line.
It is also possible to arrive at the park via the Tokyo Water Bus. The Sumida River Line runs from Asakusa to the garden, and the 35-minute trip makes a refreshing alternative to the subway. The entrance fee to the grounds is included in the fare. Be aware that you cannot travel back to Asakusa via Tokyo Water Bus from the garden. Take the short boat trip to Hinode Pier and then board a boat back to Asakusa .
The garden is formerly a feudal lord's residence, but was a duck hunting ground during the Edo period, from 1603-1867
The teahouse in the middle of the pond offers matcha and Japanese sweets
Beautiful both day and night
The sakura trees rooted in the gardens are set against a backdrop of the skyscrapers of Shiodome offering a great contrast of modern and age-old Tokyo. Beautiful by day, the sakura trees take on a further magical hue when lit up after the sun goes down, creating scenes of ethereal beauty.
The cherry blossom festival in Hamarikyu Gardens usually takes place around the end of March until early April.