Festivals & Events
Nakameguro Cherry Blossoms 目黒川の桜
Relax under riverside cherry blossoms in hip Nakameguro
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Meguro River—perhaps the best spot in Tokyo to view the sakura cherry blossoms. The sakura trees turn the riverside promenade into shades of white and pink.
- The cherry blossoms themselves around late March to early April
- Checking out the nighttime lighting and festivities
- Picnicking beneath the trees
How to Get There
You can easily access the Meguro River Park from either Meguro Station or Nakameguro Station, both of which are a five-minute train ride from Shibuya.
If you want to enjoy more of the river, start from Meguro Station. Head southwest from the station and you'll hit the river. Follow it north to Nakameguro . Alternatively, to find yourself right in the heart of festivities, head to Nakameguro Station on the Toyoko or Hibiya lines. The river is directly outside the station.
Roughly 800 sakura trees line the banks along the Meguro River. Take your time and enjoy the river walk, or find a nice spot to stop and have a picnic. Picnicking beneath the cherry blossoms has been a staple of Japanese tradition for centuries.
Hit the lights
Nakameguro turns the lights on after dark. The trees are illuminated and festive food and drinks are on sale along the river. Night viewing adds a different dimension to traditional cherry blossom viewing.
Timing is everything
You can usually count on trees blooming around late March in Tokyo, but be aware that the timing varies each year. An annual cherry blossom forecast is released by the government leading up to spring.