EVERYONE loves the sakura in Naka-Meguro.
That’s why it doesn’t really matter how you want to try your luck during the aprox. two weeks there are cherry blossoms, chances are you will share them with thousands of people.
Now that we’ve taken that out of the way, I have to say that if you’re patient -and lucky- you will be able to enjoy the experience and even take some nice pictures along the way!
What makes Naka-Meguro special during Hanami season is the fact that both sides of the Meguro river are flanked with hundreds of sakura trees, which are illuminated with white and pink lanterns during their bloom.
The white fluffy trees cover the river, creating a gorgeous scene that attracts thousands of visitors.
On top of that, life in Naka-Meguro does not stop, meaning the small but busy station gets extremely crowded and the rush hours become INTENSE!! Braving this really requires some kind of inner peace that I do not have. But I do it anyway because sharing Japan with you is my passion (and job)! 😍 Also, IT IS REALLY pretty and magical.
If crowds are not your cup of tea maybe the thought of a glass of champagne will make them more tolerable. Many of the restaurants and cafes along the river sell limited edition, sakura-inspired drinks by the glass, which you can sip while seeing the cherry blossoms. Cheers!
I skipped the drinks this year as I’m trying to reduce my single plastic usage and also I’m definitely under-leveled for managing two cameras and a champagne glass at the same time. 😅
I should get a champagne assistant. Any volunteers? 🥂
If you think you might be a few days late to the full bloom, have hope: soon the sakura flowers will fall off, covering the river itself in pink and white petals! It’s a bit of a different sight but also beautiful and unique!
Interested in seeing the bloomed sakura trees with your own two eyes? Don’t forget to head over during the next week before the flowers disappear until next year. The Hanami in Naka-Meguro can be a handful but being honest, I have never seen any other like it.
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