Cherry blossoms along the Meguro River
Late March – beginning of April 2020
On 27 March, Tokyo Metropolitan Government asked its residents (and visitors, by extension) not to go visit o-hanami (cherry blossom viewing) sites.
*as a preventative measure against COVID-19
The Meguro River is one of the most popular sites of “o-hanami” or cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo.
Close to Shibuya and Roppongi
The site is easily accessible from Roppongi or Shibuya, just a 10-minute subway ride.
Cherry blossom walk along the Meguro River
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.
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.
Cherry-blossom viewing: 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 usually falls sometime between late March and early April.
The peak blossom period, however, always depends on the weather conditions of the year.
For the year 2020, an earlier blossom by a week or so than the average year is forecasted for the greater Tokyo region, as of early January.
Cherry blossoms illumination
As a rule of thumb, the cherry trees will be lit up from the last week of March through early April. A great period to see night cherry blossoms!
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