Cherry blossoms along the Meguro River
Late March – early April 2019
*Article updated on 18 March
Cherry blossom walk along the Meguro River
The Meguro River is one of the most popular sites of o-hanami or cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo.
More than 800 cherry trees line a stretch of 4 km of the river. The narrow upstream, between the subway Ikejiri-ohashi Station and Nakameguro Station, offers a particularly pretty sight, as blossoming branches make an arch hanging over the river.
Cherry blossoms promenade
The blossoms bathed in daylight are 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.
The night view is also magical. The cherry blossoms look even more gorgeous,when illuminated with lights and decorated with Japanese lanterns.
It is joyous to take a night-sakura stroll, as stalls pop up along the river path, selling various snacks and drinks.
A note of caution: 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.
The peak period depends on the weather conditions. It may come in the end of March or in the beginning of April. So stay tuned!
Cherry blossoms illumination
As a rule of thumb, the cherry trees will be lit up from the last week of March through 10 April. Japanese lanterns will also be hung along the river and lit around the same period.
The lighting will take place usually along the stretch between Nambu-bashi and Horai-bashi Bridges, near the subway Nakameguro Station.
◆Lighting of cherry trees along the Meguro River 2019
【Dates】23 March – 10 April 2019
【Hours】5 – 9 pm
Cherry blossom festivals 2019
Local festivals will be held around the first weekend of April.
◆Nakameguro Sakura Matsuri
With live music and stage performance.
【Date】7 April 2019 (Sun)
【Place】Goryuten Asobiba (Playground located near Nakameguro Station, at the junction of the Meguro River and the Jakuzure River: 1-24 Kami-meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)
◆Meguro East Area Sakura Matsuri 2019
Food and festival stalls, dance and music, live performance.
【Dates】6 – 7 April 2019
【Place】Dendo-hiroba Park near Meguro Station
Another option of viewing cherry blossoms is by boat passing through the Meguro River, starting from the canal at Tennozu near Shinagawa. They tend to be booked up early, starting from February.
– “Meguro-gawa Ohanami Cruise” run by Zeal Company (70 min ￥4,500)
– “Meguro-gawa-de-mizube tour” run by Meguro-gawa Gotanda Kyogikai (45 min ¥2,000)
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