The Chidorigafuchi Trench is one of the best places in Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms in spring, from late March to early April. This 700-meter walk next to the Imperial Palace moat offers beautiful scenery and great opportunities for discovery.
During the popular cherry blossom season, the paths along the moat are colored pink by hundreds of cherry trees. The trees are also lit at night during the Chiyoda Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival. A little later in the year the surface of the water is almost completely covered by falling petals. Many couples rent boats and take a romantic excursion through this pink wonderland.
Nearby attractions include Yasukuni Shrine, Showa National Memorial Museum, Nippon Budokan, and the Jimbocho Bookseller District.
Hailed as one of the most beautiful places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Chidorigafuchi receives over one million visitors every year for the spring season. Head to the 700 meter long Chidorigafuchi Green Way walking path to discover a tunnel of cherry blossom. Seating along the bank of the moat is extremely limited so arrive extra early if you’re wanting to sit and admire the flowers all day. For a more surreal vista of the flowers admire their beauty at night when the trees are illuminated from sunset to 10 pm.
Boat rentals are available from March to November every year and offer a great way to see the moat, or cherry blossoms if the season is right. It only costs 500 yen for 30 minutes during the offseason and 800 yen for 30 minutes during the cherry blossom season. Wonder in awe as your row through the moat decorated with a blanket of soft pink petals.
Chidorigafuchi Cemetery interred some 350,000 war casualty civilians and soldiers from World War II from air raids and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The monument built in the remembrance of the ugliness of war is a simple and somber one, but impressive nonetheless. The cemetery is accessible between the moat and Yasukuni Shrine.
Chidorigafuchi is directly adjacent to Exit 2 at Kudanshita Station.
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