Cherry blossoms along the Meguro River
Late March – early April 2018
Cherry blossom walk along the Meguro River
The Meguro River is without doubt one of the most popular sites of o-hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Tokyo.
More than 800 cherry trees line a stretch of 4 km of the river. The narrow upstream between Ikejiri-ohashi Station and Nakameguro Station offers a particularly pretty sight as blossoming branches make an arch hanging over the river.
The night view is dreamy, almost magical. The cherry trees look even more beautiful, when illuminated with lights and decorated with Japanese lanterns. Stalls will pop up along the river path, selling various snacks and drinks.
The blossoms bathed in daylight are also very pretty. It is fabulous to walk under the canopy of white pinkish flowers, and drop by one of these trendy cafes, restaurants and shops, which are numerous in the neighbourhood.
O-hanami often goes with picnic and merry-making under the cherry trees in Japan. But not here. It is for strolls only, without sitting on the bank, please!
When to see the cherry blossoms?
The timing of the full blossom along the Meguro River will fall sometime between late March and early to mid-April. For the year 2018? It all depends on the weather conditions, which are notoriously unpredictable around this time of the year…
As a rule of thumb, lanterns will be lit from around the last week of March through 10 April. If the cherry trees are to be lit up (in some years not), that will be around the same period also, between Nambu-bashi and Horai-bashi Bridges near Nakameguro Station.
This year the cherry trees will be lit up and also lanterns will be lit from 24 March through 10 April. The full blossom is expected in late March, earlier than last year. The easiest approach to the site, though almost dangerously crowded, is from Nakameguro Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and the Tokyu Toyoko Line. [last updated 21 March]
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