Cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo

Eddy M.

4.88(17) reviews
Tokyo
English, Japanese (Native)
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

In Tokyo, the cherry blossom season is from late March to early April. The blossom is in full bloom only for several days. The standard course covers the following spots in Tokyo:

(1) East gardens of the Imperial Palace

(2) Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru park

(3) Shinjuku Gyoen

Destinations can be changed to other spots including:

Ueno park, Sumida park, or Yasukuni shrine

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

at your hotel in Central Tokyo or at Otemachi station

East gardens of the Imperial Palace (Cherry blossoms and Japanese gardens)

Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park (Cherry clouds on the moats, festival)

Shinjuku Gyoen park ( Over 1,000 cherry trees in spacious areas)

Ending Point

at the final destination

What to Expect

You will enjoy cherry blossoms viewing at various places as follows:

1. East gardens of the Imperial Palace

The East gardens of the Imperial Palace is a large park having ruins of the Edo Castle and various kinds of trees including many cherry trees. There is a large Japanese style garden where you can see beautiful cherry blossoms and take a rest.

(On Monday and Friday, the East gardens is closed. In such a case, we will visit one of alternatives: Ueno Park, Sumida Park, and Yasukuni Shrine.)

2.Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park

In Chidorigafuchi area, hundreds of cherry trees decorate the moats of the Imperial palace. People enjoy cherry blossom viewing from small rental boats. The park next to it is called Kitanomaru Park, and is a place for quiet viewing. Every year, a cherry blossom festival is held around the Chidorigafuchi that goes on until nighttime.

3. Shinjuku Gyoen park

It is a very large botanical garden featuring more than one thousand cherry trees of over a dozen varieties. There are not only Japanese gardens, but also an English landscape garden, a French formal garden and a forest called Mother and Child’s forest. There are spacious lawn areas, so many people enjoy picnics.

Other than these places, the following popular cherry spots can be added or replaced according to a customer's request.

(1)Ueno Park

Ueno is one of the most popular and crowded hanami spots in Tokyo, where the trees famously bloom. An estimated 800 cherry trees line the central path, and people picnic on both sides, using blankets or tarps to claim whatever space they can. Lanterns are strung up, so you can party on into the evening.

(2)Sumida Park

The area stretching from Azuma-bashi Bridge to Sakura-bashi Bridge on the Sumida River is a super famous hanami spot, and has been for centuries. More than 1,000 cherry trees line the river. You can see Tokyo Skytree from here. It is also fabulous to take a mini-cruise on a yakatabune boat.

(3)Yasukuni Shrine

This large Shinto shrine was founded by Emperor Meiji in June 1869 and commemorates those who died in service of Japan.

Over 600 cherry trees are planted including the government-designated benchmark cherry tree. The official blossom date of Tokyo is announced only when the special someiyoshino – a variety of cherry tree – at the Yasukuni Shrine comes into bloom.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in central Tokyo, transportation fee(guide)

What‘s not included

subway or taxi : from your hotel to Otemachi station (you)

subway : from Kudanshita station to Shinjuku sanchome station :220JPY (you)

entrance fee of the Shinjuku Gyoen : 200 JPY (you)

food and drinks (you)

Important Information

I am not available after 6pm. Thank you.

Only available during cherry blossom season in Tokyo, from Mar. 27 to Apr.10

1. This tour is available during cherry blossom season from late March to early April.

2. The cherry blossoming period depends upon the weather. So, please understand that full blooming cherry trees are not always seen.

3. Small shops do not accept a credit card, please bring Japanese Yen needed.

4. Comfortable shoes are recommended, because we walk more than 3 km.

5. When the weather is bad, the tour course may be changed after consultation with a guest.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Jane D.

Jan 31, 2020

Very Enjoyable experience

Eddy provides a very enjoyable experience. He tailored the tours to points of interest to me and educated me about Japan

Eddy M.

Dear Jane, Thank you very much for your kind review. I was very pleased to hear that you enjoyed my tour around Tokyo. I hope that you will come back to Japan again soon. Best regards, Eddy

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Julie H.

Jan 27, 2020

City Tour in Tokyo.

We booked a city tour with Eddy in Tokyo a few months ago. Eddy was very responsive when we contacted him. He was punctual, flexible, and helpful. He gave us background information on Japanese culture, history, and language. He was very patient waiting for us to shop for souvenirs and was also very accommodating when we asked to deviate a little bit from our general tour plan. He answered all of our questions and pointed out interesting sights along the way. He spoke good English and was friendly. We enjoyed spending time with Eddy and we thank him for his wonderful service.

Michael C.

Oct 29, 2019

Trip to the RyuKyuKan Flood Control Network

Eddy was an absolute joy as a guide. We had a very unique request, of going to the Tokyo area flood control system, a huge underground cavern used to protect outer Tokyo. He gladly accepted such a unique tour. My wife an I were really surprised and pleased to see he even faxed our hotel to make sure we knew where to meet him! He also filled our long train rides with all kinds of fun activities, like learning about Japanese writing, history, and important phrases. Over lunch, he even taught us how to make oragami! He was very kind and patient, and we had a wonderful time. Thank you so much Eddy!

Eddy M.

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. I was pleased to guide you, a nice young couple from US. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your honeymoon in Japan. Eddy

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Chun hoong F.

Oct 12, 2019

Very good and interesting tour with Eddy

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Eddy who not only showed us what was described on the itinerary like the Castle Museum , the Shinto Shrine and the shopping centre (where we bought excellent sashimi at ridiculous low price) but also enlightened us on Japanese culture. He showed us the correct ways to pray at the Shinto Shrine for example which was interesting. As it was our first time navigating the public train and bus system his patience and guidance was invaluable especially if we plan to travel further in Japan. Travelling with a local really broadens the experience.

Eddy M.

Dear Chun and Gwen, Thank you so much for the warm review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. I hope you will come back to Japan again soon. Best regards, Eddy

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