Cherry Blossoms at Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and Meguro River Tokyo Japan

Monday, April 18, 2016

Walk with Cham at some of the famous Cherry Blossom spots in Tokyo.

Of all the four seasons, spring is my favorite! (though I haven't entirely experienced autumn). I've mentioned this in one of my posts several times - The pleasant weather & blossoming flowers are the two main reasons why I love this season. Especially the pink cherry blossoms that are all over the streets and parks. Luckily my parents and I were booked in Tokyo during the start of cherry blossom season! So yes, I was so ecstatic to look for places where I can see the pretty sakuras and finally experience hanami or cherry blossom viewing which is famous for locals during spring. In our 4-day visit we were able to check out 3 famous sights in Tokyo filled with sakura trees.

Hanami at Yoyogi Park
It was that time of the year where people - local and tourists wander around Tokyo to view the most famous tree during spring. I was indeed excited to see the Cherry Blossoms once more. For our first sakura spotting, we went to Yoyogi Park.

Yoyogi Park is the fourth largest park in Tokyo and is famous for the cherry blossom trees. During my first visit Mike and I didn't get to explore this park because cherry blossoms were already gone during that time so this was the absolute perfect time to do it. According to the forecast, the exact day of our visit was the start of the full bloom but because of some weird weather fluctuation, it was not yet in full bloom when we went there. Yoyogi Park also holds one of the biggest hanami spots. Because I was so thrilled to try hanami, I knew it was the best place to experience it so I asked my friend, Twin to help me fulfill my wish. 

Hanami at Yoyogi Park

Twin has been a Tokyo resident for more than 10 years so she knows almost all the places here. Before going to Yoyogi Park we bought a mat at Daiso in Takeshita Dori which is the most important hanami essential. 

Our hanami mat from Daiso

How to get to Yoyogi Park
Alight Harajuku Station via Yamanote Line or
Alight Yoyogi-Koen Station via Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (this line is closer from the entrance)

Opening Time
May - September | 5:00 am - 8:00 pm
October- April | 5:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open Daily

Entrance Fees
Free Admission

Indeed the sakura trees were not all in full bloom, nonetheless I was so thrilled looking at the pretty pink flowers again for three years in a row. 

We meet again, Sakura!
Mama & Papa
Couldn't be any happier
#Ootding at Yoyogi Park

#OOTD at Yoyogi Park
White Sweater and Cape | H&M
Skirt | gift from sister
Stockings | Uniqlo
Shades | Georgina Sasha (
Hat | Kirin Kirin

Pretty Twin

We started setting up our mat so we could sit down and appreciate the pretty things.

Setting up our mat from Daiso
Twins in action
Hanami with Twin


Sunnies from

Hanami with the fam!

Day break

We stayed there until almost night just so we could maximize our mat -hahaha. Hanami is a nice way to relax yourself from all the walking you did the whole day.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park
After two days from our visit to Yoyogi Park my parents and I went to Shinkuju Gyoen National Park. Since the Cherry Blossom season had just started the time we went to Yoyogi Park, we knew that the cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen would be progressing.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo and a perfect spot to catch the pretty sakura trees. During Mike and I's last visit, we failed to visit this park because of time constraints and thankfully we were able to visit this eden this time.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park
How to get to Shinjuku Gyoen National Park
Alight JR Shinjuku Station (New South Exit) via Yamanote Line and walk for 10 minutes or
Alight Shinjukugyoenmae Station via Marunouchi Subway Line and walk for 5 minutes

Opening Time
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open daily except Mondays

Entrance Fees
Y200 for Adults 
Y50 for Elementary and Junior Highschool Students

It is prohibited to bring alcoholic drinks in this park unlike other parks in Tokyo.

My ticket

The sight was indeed lovely! We saw a whole lot of developed cherry blossom trees and hanami parties. It was so pretty, I couldn't stop taking photos!

Walk with Cham 

#OOTD at Shinjuku Gyoen National Park
Houndstooth Sweater | Top Ten (South Korean brand)
Skirt | Pop Culture Trinoma
Stockings | Uniqlo
Shades | Georgina Sasha (
Hat | Kirin Kirin

Why hello there <3
I've missed you!

Loving every bit of this view

The reason why I love spring

Wouldn't get tired looking at you

More pretty shots

Even more
I was so happy that I was able to see them again

Papa <3

Mama <3

Couldn't believe I saw you again!
My perfect eden
Nice to see you!

Family <3

Because we visited the park for the cherry blossom trees, we didn't bother visiting all the other parts of the park besides we were there an hour before closing anyway. But the one hour visit was already worth it from all the cherry blossom trees we saw.

Meguro River
For our last day, before rushing ourselves to the airport we visited the pretty Meguro River to once more witness for the last time the pink trees that were in full bloom.

Meguro River is a public area that is famous for the cherry blossom trees lined up on the sides of the river making it a perfect spot for locals and tourists during spring season. 

Meguro River

How to get to Meguro River
Alight Nakameguro Station via Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or Tokyu Toyoko Line.
It was just beside the station so looking for the river is easy to find. 

Opening Time
Open anytime

Entrance Fees
No entrance fees

Near the station

When I saw the hundreds of cherry blossom trees I couldn't help myself gushing over the prettiness. The sakuras in Meguro River were in full bloom as compared to Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. So just imagine the crowd of people everywhere! It was indeed a challenge taking a decent photo of the river. Haha! But we managed to take a few pretty shots nonetheless.

Look at that!
Okay. Happiness cannot be denied
#OOTD at Meguro River
Coat | Forever21
Purple Sweater | GU Global (Japanese brand)
Black high-waist pants | Forever21
Shades | Georgina Sasha (
Bag | Kate Spade
Scarf | H&M

My pink sunnies compliments the flowers 

Twin joined us during our last day!


Another perfection

One of those rare moments with no crowd

Mama & me

The crowd!

Girls in #GSunnies

Papa chose to sit while appreciating the view

One last… I'll miss you and see you again (hopefully) next year!

I've always been smitten by the cherry blossom trees and wouldn't mind traveling again every spring just to catch those pretty pink flowers. I love Japan and these sakuras embroidering the cities of this beautiful country make me love this place even more. 

P.S. Can't wait for my next project and that would be visiting other prefectures during spring that offer beautiful display of colorful flowers.

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