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Cherry Blossoms 2007
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Please note that due to the warm winter the blossoming of sakura this year is slighlty earlier than previous average.
Many of the sakura festivals will begin in late March depending on the blossoming conditions.
Cherry Blossom Festivals in TOKYO
Ueno Sakura Festival
Ueno Park is perhaps traditionally the most known and popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo. About 1,200 cherry trees grow in the park, part of them creating a 300-meter-long sakura tunnel. On sunny days and nights numerous hanami (flower viewing) parties put in all their energy to get the best spots to view the blossoms and have merry spring parties under the sakura trees. During the festival period the park hosts traditional cultural events as well as fairs and markets including ohayashi (music), daikokumai & shishimai (dances), flower market and open air antique fair.
[Dates] March 20 (Tue) – April 8 (Sun)
[Place] Ueno Onshi Park
Taito-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 1-min-walk from JR Ueno Station: JR Yamanote / Keihin-Tohoku / Joban Lines
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 03-3832-0084 (Ueno Tourist Association)
[URL] http://www.ueno.or.jp/txt/s06/
sakura2006index.htm

(Ueno Tourist Association, Japanese, photos)
>> Ueno Sakura Photos
 
Bokutei Sakura Festival
The riverbanks of Sumidagawa River, planted with cherry blossom trees by 8th Edo Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune, is one of the most popular hanami spots in Tokyo alongside of Ueno Park. During the festival, the Mukoujima Geiko Tea House and a number of food stalls open their little shops making the hanami even cheerier. In addition to the food and drink stands there are places where visitors can buy souvenirs and try lottery as well as renting straw mats for free. The specific dates for the festival events depend on how much the blossoms have opened, so those planning to visit the area during the festival are strongly recommended to inquire the tourist association beforehand (no inquiries accepted on the days during the festival). Usually the festival is held on the last weekend of March and first weekend of April.
[Dates] Late March through Early April
[Place] Sakurabashi Deck Square
Sumida-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 5-min-walk from Honjo Azumabashi Station: Toei Asakusa Line
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 03-5608-6951 (Sumida Ward Culture and Tourism Association)
[URL] http://www.kanko-sumida.com/2_0_3gatu.html
(drawings of Sakura Viewing in the late 19C – early 20C, Japanese)
>> Sumida Sakura Photos
 
Sumida River Sakura Cruising <Ohanamigo>
Including Sumida Park and Etchujima, the riversides of Sumida River is full of great spots to view cherry blossoms. They are great enough to see as you walk underneath the trees, but viewing them from a boat c ruising down Sumida River is gives you a different and special kind of feeling. Passengers are welcome to get up to the open-air deck on the top floor of the boat to enjoy the cruise with warm sun and fresh spring breeze. No reservations required, tickets sold at the boat pier.
[Dates] March 23rd (Fri) – April 8th (Sun)
*no boats on Mondays 3/26 and 4/2
[Place] 1) Ryogoku Boat Pier
2) Odaiba Kaihin Koen Boat Pier
[Access] 1) 3-min-walk from JR Ryogoku Station West Exit: JR Sobu Line
6-min-walk from Toei Ryogoku Station A3 Exit: Toei Oedo Line
2) 5-min-walk from Daiba Station or Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station: Yurikamome Line
10-min-walk from Tokyo Teleport Station: Rinkai Line
[Admission] Weekdays
Adults (middle school+)… JPY1,000 / Children (grade school)… JPY500
Weekends
Adults… JPY2,000 / Children… JPY1,000
*Seat capacity: 140 passengers per boat FCFS (54 seats + standing), no seat reservations
[Inquiry] 03-5608-8869 (Tokyo Mizube Cruising Line; Japanese)
[URL] http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/waterbus/event/
(Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association Official Website, Japanese)
Time Table
Weekdays: Ryogoku - Sakurabashi (50min)
boat dep. Ryogoku arr.Sakurabashi
Sakura 1 11:00 11:50
Sakura 2 12:25 13:15
Sakura 3 14:30 15:20
Sakura 4 15:55 16:45
Sakura 5 17:25 18:15
*Sakura3 and Sakura4 will not run on 4/6 (Fri)
Weekends: Ryogoku - Odaiba -Sakurabashi (2h)
boat dep (R) arr(O)/dep(O) arr (S)
Sakura A 11:00 11:50 / 12:00 13:00
Sakura B 14:00 14:50 / 15:00 16:00
Sakura C 17:00 17:50 / 18:00 19:00
 
 
Chiyoda Sakura Matsuri
Chiyoda Sakura Matsuri is the generic name for the cherry blossom related events held at many cherry blossom viewing spots in Chiyoda Ward including Chidorigafuchi (moat), Yasukuni Shrine and Kanda Shrine. The view of cherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi is especially stunning as the 700-meter-long line of cherry trees and its snowing petals, the moat and its water create a marvelous spring scene.
[Dates] March 30th (Fri) – April 8th (Sun) *ttv
[Place] Chidorigafuchi/ Yasukuni Shrine,
Kanda Shrine
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
[Access] Chidorigafuchi&Yasukuni Shrine
5-min-walk from Kudanshita Station: Tokyo Metro Hanzomon / Tozai Lines, Toei Shinjuku Line
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 03-5211-4338 (Chiyoda Ward Commerce and Industry Promotive Bureau)
[URL] http://www.chiyoda-days.jp/
(Chiyoda Ward Community Information Website, Japanese)
>> Chidorigafuchi Sakura Photos
 
8th Someiyoshino Sakura Matsuri
The Someiyoshino Cherry Blossom Festival is held at Someiyoshino Sakura Memorial Park which in Komagome, the town believed to be the origin of the sakura variety someiyoshino. There will be a number of subevents such as attractions (rides), food stands and kids playground in addition to the ceremony events, and is a good place to spend some relaxing and enjoyable time.
[Dates] April 1st (Sun)
[Time] 10:00-16:00
[Place] Komagome/Somei Someiyoshino Sakura Kinen Koen
Toshima-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 1-min-walk from JR Komagome Station: JR Yamanote Line
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 03-3492-0679 (Sakura Matsuri Executive Committee Office)
[URL] http://www.city.toshima.tokyo.jp/
kankou/ english/index_english.html

(Toshima City Sightseeing Guide, English)
 
53rd Koganei Sakura Matsuri
Koganei Park with about 1,800 sakura trees in 52 varieties is designated as one of the 100 best sakura spots in Japan. The someiyoshino trees proudly putting on whitish pink blossoms on both sides of the festival venue are truly impressive, richly embellishing the spring scene. Performances including folk entertainment, music, parade, flower arrangement, tea ceremonies and more are scheduled take place at the festival.
[Dates] April 6th (Fri) – April 8th (Sun)
[Time] 10:00-19:00
[Place] Koganei Park (In front of Edo Tokyo Tatemonoen)
Koganei City, Tokyo
[Access] 5-min-busride from JR Koganei Station (JR Chuo Line) or Seibu Hanakoganei Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line)
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 042-387-9831 (Koganei City Tourist Association)
[URL] http://www.city.koganei.lg.jp/kakuka/ (Koganei City Official Website, Sakura Festival Information, Japanese)
 
 
Rikugien Weeping Cherry Tree and Daimyo Garden Light-up
The spring special light-up of Rikugien’s beauty specialty Weeping cherry (shidarezakura) started in 2001 and counts its 7th anniversary this year. During the event term the garden hours are extended to 21:00 (last entry 20:30) and visitors are welcome to see the different faces of the weeping cherry as well as the garden flowers, plants and water from warm daytime, sunset to night. The beauty of the tree at night is especially astonishing with the bright figure appearing against the night sky.
[Place] Rikugien
Bunkyoku, Tokyo
[Access] 3-min-walk from Komagome Station: JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
10-min-walk from Sengoku Station: Toei Mita Line
[Admission] Adults (middle school and above)… JPY300 / 65+… JPY150
*admission free for middle school students living or going to school in Tokyo and grade school students
[Inquiry] 03-3232-3038 (Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association)
[URL] http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/info031.html
(Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association Rikugien Sakura Information, Japanese)
http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/
(Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association Rikugien, English)
   
[Dates] March 16 (Fri) – March 25 (Sun)
[Time] Garden Entrance… 9:00-21:00
(last entry 20:30)
Light-up… sunset – 21:00
>> Rikugien Sakura Photos
 
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden Hours Extension
The weeping cherry tree at Koishikawa Korakuen, a Japanese garden associated with Lord Mito Mitsukuni (aka Mito Koumon), starts blossoming about 1 week after the blossoming of someiyoshino and puts on faint scarlet blossoms on the long branches hanging towards the ground. There are seven weeping sakura all together in Koishikawa Korakuen but the best is the one growing at the entrance. In addition to the weeping cherry trees the numerous someiyoshino trees color the garden in beautiful pink in spring, and during this time for 11 days the garden extends the opening hours for one hour until 18:00 inviting more people to appreciate the flowers.
[Dates] March 21st (Wed&Hol)
– March 31st (Sat)
[Time] 6:00-18:00 (last entry 17:30)
[Place] Koishikawa Korakuen
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 3-min-walk from Toei Iidabashi Station: Toei Oedo Line
8-min-walk from Iidabashi Station: JR Sobu Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai / Namboku / Yurakucho Lines

8-min-walk from Korakuen Station: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi / Namboku Lines
[Admission] Adults (middle school and above)… JPY300 / 65+… JPY150
*admission free for middle school students living or going to school in Tokyo and grade school students
[Inquiry] 03-3232-3038 (Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association)
 
   
[URL] http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/event_search/detail/
(Koishikawa Korakuen Special Hours Extension Information, Japanese)
http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/
(Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association, Koishikawa Korakuen, English)
 
 
 
 
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