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Nakameguro Sakura Festival

The Nakameguro Sakura Festival is one of my favorite places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

This afternoon we headed to Nakameguro to view one of the best cherry blossom sights in Tokyo and possibly the world. 

Although you can’t really hanami (picnic) around the canal, it’s in my opinion the most beautiful spot. Today was cloudy with sporadic amounts of rain, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying our last Sakura season as residents of Japan.

Unfortunately, I’m traveling outside of Tokyo for the next week, and it’s also scheduled to rain for almost the next ten days around Tokyo. So today was pretty much the best day I had to really view the blossoms.

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The whimsical colors at night are beautiful

We saw both the day and night viewings which were equally beautiful. I managed to capture some night shots too despite only bringing my tiny tripod. There were a lot of people but it wasn’t too crowded to squeeze into a decent spot to shoot.

We had dinner at a great restaurant along the canal and for lunch I had some totally authentic Singaporean chicken and rice from one of the stands. It was probably the best street food I’ve had in Japan, but Japan’s street food really isn’t the best.

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Tips & How to Get There

Take the train to Nakameguro Station in Tokyo. Use Hyperdia to schedule your train times.  See my post Using Hyperdia to Travel Japan if you want an explanation or detailed tips on how to use the site.

Just walk to the canal, you can’t miss all the people!

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White blossoms

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Nakameguro Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival
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Nakameguro Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival
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Singaporean chicken and rice. So delish
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  1. Keltan8
    March 27, 2017 at 1:44 am — Reply

    Will be there 31mar2017 till 07apr2017 back home
    Definitely will visit Shinjuku-Gyoen and Nakameguro

  2. Kei
    April 4, 2016 at 11:27 am — Reply

    I love the first photo of the river and sakura. What are you shooting with and what setting did you have? I’m just getting started in my sakura photography.

    • April 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm — Reply

      Thanks, I shot them with a Canon 5D Mark ii. Looks like a 50mm lens, probably around f/4 or f/5.6 aperture. Not sure, I shot it awhile back.

  3. Jaharn - Mister Weekender
    May 21, 2015 at 5:23 am — Reply

    Sadly I just missed the sakura season when I was in Japan last year so I am loving your photos. Which part of Tokyo was your favourite to see the flowers? x

    • May 22, 2015 at 9:50 am — Reply

      Thank you! Hope you can visit for Sakura one year. Honestly it’s very hard to say which is my favorite. I really love Nakameguro and Shinjuku Gyoen a lot. Shinjuku gets busy but there are a lot of flowers. But most of the smaller private gardens offer a nice peaceful experience as well!

  4. March 31, 2015 at 5:49 am — Reply

    Love the sakura blossoms and would like to see them in Japan, but since it’s not happening anytime soon, I’ll head to Washington, DC and see the cherry blossoms over there!

    • April 1, 2015 at 8:41 pm — Reply

      It’s quite amazing how many cherry trees are around Japan. But I’ll be doing the same thing when I move to the east coast. I’ve heard sakura in DC is quite beautiful still.

  5. March 30, 2015 at 8:56 am — Reply

    I’ll be in Tokyo again in May. All the Sakura photos make me wish I was there now though. We don’t really have Sakura scenes like this here in Okinawa. Thanks for sharing.

    • April 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm — Reply

      Thank you! I was wondering what Sakura was like in Okinawa. Maybe in May you’ll be able to catch some nice Wisteria and other flowers around Tokyo!

  6. March 30, 2015 at 7:40 am — Reply

    I was there on Saturday… Nice photos!

    • April 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm — Reply

      Thank you! Saturday must have been quite a beautiful day there!

  7. March 30, 2015 at 12:39 am — Reply

    We have cherry blossoms on campus but they don’t even compare to this, ha! So beautiful.


    • April 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm — Reply

      Japan is pretty much the best place 🙂

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