Cherry blossoms along the Meguro River 2017
Late March – beginning of April
*lanterns: 25 March – 10 April 10
The Meguro River is without doubt one of the most popular o-hanami (cherry blossom viewing) sites 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.
In 2017, full bloom is expected around the end of March through the beginning of April, weather permitting. In the evening, cherry trees are illuminated with lights and Japanese lanterns (from 25 March 2017). The night view is dreamy, almost magical.
Naturally, though, the waves of crowds overflow streets, starting from Nakameguro Station and all the way along the river. Peak days would be on the weekend of 31 March – 2 April 2017. So take it easy. A good idea also is to avoid the super-crowded Nakameguro Station for meeting your buddy or sweetheart. You can as well walk from Ikejiri-ohashi Station and Meguro Station to the spot.
Not a fan of crowds? A good option is to visit the place during the day on weekdays or to take a special Meguro River cruise.
◆ Meguro River Sakura Festival
【Date and time】1 April (Sat) 1:30 – 3:30 pm (*cancellation in case of rain)
◆ Lighting of cherry trees
【Date and time】Cherry blossom season: sunset – 9 pm (planned)
【Place】Meguro River (between Nambu Bridge and Horai Bridge) (planned)
◆ Lighting of lanterns
【Date and time】 25 March (Sat) – 10 April (Mon): sunset – 9 pm
【Place】 Along the Meguro River (between Ohashi and the border of Meguro-ku/ Shinagawa-ku)
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