Meguro River Cherry Blossoms

Nighttime sakura viewing along a central Tokyo river

Late Mar
Mid Apr
Venue: Meguro River, Nakameguro When: Late Mar - Mid Apr 2020
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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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Elena Lisina 10 months ago
Meguro is the district I've never visited in Tokyo and it's so beautiful during hanami!
Kim B 11 months ago
Cherry blossoms + water reflections are the perfect duo, in my opinion!
Victoria Vlisides 2 years ago
Great night shots
Joseph Francis Hallas 5 years ago
The colours are simply gorgeous