During cherry blossom season, Ueno Park is one of Tokyo’s most popular spot for outdoor hanami or flower viewing parties. Approximately 1,200 cherry trees will flourish with magical pink flowers at this 133 acre park. An estimated two million people will visit to experience hanami while having a picnic party under the cherry blossom trees.
The street leading towards the National Museum and around Shinobazu Pond will be covered with cherry blossom petals. There is a variety of cherry blossom trees at Ueno Park, with the most common being Somei Yoshino cherry blossom trees.
Cherry blossom trees at Ueno Park typically bloom one to three days ahead of other trees in the city. The cherry blossom season generally starts in late March every year, with a two week window. The trees generally start blooming around March 25th and a few days after that is the best time to visit Ueno Park. The weather can effect the flowers, so be sure to check the weather in advanced.
On weekends, there is frequently events such as food festivals or art sales near the large fountain in the center of the park. Museums within Ueno Park often hold art shows. Also the park is illuminated from late October to mid-January. With the cherry blossoms blooming and so many events all year round, it is easy to see why Ueno Park is one of Tokyo’s most popular city parks.
The Ueno Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) is scheduled around March 20th to April 8th. Dates could change depending on when the flowers bloom. During the festival, 1,000 lanterns, which originated from the need for light at night, illuminates the park and invite people to celebrate the arrival of spring under the night sky.
Ueno Park is home to most of the attractions in the Ueno District, including Ueno Zoo and many museums including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, the National Museum of Western Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall. Ueno Park also features several temples and shrines including Bentendo Hall Temple, Kaneiji Temple, Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple, and Toshogu Shrine. There is plenty of things to do and see in Ueno Park.
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Address: Ueno-Koen, Taito Ward, Tokyo
2 minute walk from Ueno Station
5 minute walk from Ueno-Okachimachi Station
1 minute walk from Keisei-Ueno Station
Hours: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Website: Ueno Park