The Meguro River (Megurogawa) is lined with over 830 sakura trees, most of them are Yoshino Cherry trees, the trees along the riverside creating an amazing sight. The riverside turns pink from Ikejiriohashi to Meguro, which is about 3.2 km in distance, and becomes a sakura promenade. Since it is great location for people living in Tokyo and Yokohama, many people have hanami parties here at night especially on Friday after they work. It is one of the most famous and most popular hanami spots in Tokyo.
Just strolling along the Meguro River is a great hanami experience, but there are a few recommended spots to view the cherry blossoms. From Meguro to Naka-Meguro, there is the Meguro Resident Center Park that has benches where you can rest while enjoying the view of the cherry blossoms along the Meguro River. Down the road, there is the Naka-Meguro Park which has the Sakura Terrace offering a fantastic view of the cherry blossoms near the Meguro River. The Nakameguro Park also has a field where children can play which is popular for families. From Naka-Meguro to Ikejiri Ohashi, the river gets narrower which means the cherry blossoms on both sides of the river form an arched bridge. The view is magnificent and you will probably stop and stare.
During the cherry blossom season there are many food stalls along the riverside, plus numerous cafes and restaurants. There are illuminations from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM so people can enjoy the nighttime cherry blossoms. Lanterns are illuminated and it is as if the whole 3 km long riverside is holding a festival every night.
There are other festivals held in early April during the cherry blossom season. The East Area Meguro Sakura Festival is held by the Gonnosuke Saka shopping avenue where there are carnival booths selling food and drinks with street performances and more. The Naka-Meguro Sakura Festival is held by the Naka-Meguro shopping avenue where there are Japanese drum (Wadaiko), shamisen performances, awaodori dance performances, and food stalls.
There are plenty of shops and restaurants along the Meguro River to keep you busy during your hanami walk. But if you are looking for a more special hanami experience you might want to join the cruise along the Meguro River and enjoy the breathtaking cherry blossoms views with a bottle of sparkling wine. The Meguro River is conveniently located near Shibuya, so you can check out trendy shops after seeing the cherry blossoms.
The cherry blossoms first bloom around the end of March and goes into full bloom around the beginning of April. The best time to see the cherry blossoms depends greatly on the weather so keep an eye on the weather report.
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Sakura along Meguro River
Address: 2-2 Naka-Meguro River, Meguro Ward, Tokyo
11 minute walk from Naka-Meguro Station
15 minute walk from Meguro Station
Phone: 03-5722-9621 (Meguro Ward Office)
Website: Sakura along Meguro River (Japanese)