Even the river itself takes on a vibrant tone (Photo: Steve Morton)

Meguro River Cherry Blossoms

Nighttime sakura viewing along a central Tokyo river

Even the river itself takes on a vibrant tone (Photo: Steve Morton)
By Todd Wojnowski    - 1 min read

Boasting over 800 cherry trees lining a four kilometer stretch along Meguro River, Naka-Meguro has rightfully earned its place as one of Tokyo's top destinations for viewing cherry blossoms during the short but highly enjoyable hanami season.

Whilst this area has been a long established favorite for many daytime visitors, its nighttime illumination—known as yozakura—provides an even more impressive spectacle as its narrow walkways, cafes, and boutiques are transformed into a beautiful array of contrasting colors.

A favorite stretch of the river is between Naka-meguro and Gotanda stations, a walk that is lined with food vendors and restaurants serving the many people out for a beautiful night stroll. Grab your camera and come walk along the river – it's a great place to be in springtime.

Runs from 6pm to 9pm.

Additional photos/reporting by Steve Morton.

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Todd Wojnowski

Todd Wojnowski @todd.wojnowski

I am an avid backpacker, writer, marathon runner, hiker, eater of spicy foods, watcher of B-movies, and user of the Harvard comma. I'm originally from Buffalo, New York, and arrived in Japan in 2008.

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Novia Mardasari a year ago
This is favorite spot when Sakura season :)
Alena Eckelmann a year ago
This was my jogging route preparing for the very first Tokyo Marathon in 2007. During sakura season it is too busy here but during other times of the year this is a great place for a walk, and some nice cafes and restaurants are there too!
Elena Lisina 3 years ago
Meguro is the district I've never visited in Tokyo and it's so beautiful during hanami!
Kim 3 years ago
Cherry blossoms + water reflections are the perfect duo, in my opinion!