The secret’s out:
Kinuta Park has the best sakura in Tokyo. And that is just FACTS.
While Naka-Meguro has the best night views and Shinjuku gyoen has one of the highest cherry blossom concentrations, Kinuta park definitely wins the “best trees” award! More on that later.
Kinuta Park offers a different hanami experience than other parks and spots in Tokyo, partly thanks to it being a huge open space far away from businesses, roads, temples or shrines. The sakura area is deep inside the park and consists only of grass, trees, and the odd pavilion.
This urban forest has an impressive 39 hectares (96 acres) area! The space itself feels spacious even on prime sakura time, which makes it so much more enjoyable than other hanami spots. And believe me, you get to value your space during the full bloom. It is a rare commodity!
So, if being able to sit under a sakura tree without being hit by a ball, spilled a beer on or aggravated in any other way by your neighbors is not enough for you to love Kinuta, let me tell you about the trees.
There are three varieties of sakura in Kinuta Park (someiyoshino, yamazakura, and yaezakura), which don’t bloom all at the same time so you get more than two weeks of cherry blossom goodness. The longer the hanami, the better right?
Many of these trees go up 6 or more meters high but come close enough to the ground to actually graze the grass. You can get inside the white flower canopy and enjoy the cool shade. You can eat and drink inside a huge natural tent of sakura flowers. You could even climb the tree if you wanted but you’re not gonna be THAT gaijin, are you? 😒 Also please don’t hurt yourself.
Kinuta sits in the district of Setagaya, which is easily accessible and close to the center of Tokyo. You can see the map below!
Definitely an incredible spot to get all your sakura cravings satisfied.
⭐ Remember to bring your hanami food/drink beforehand as you won’t be able to buy many things inside Kinuta Park!
Goes without saying but also remember to take the garbage with you when you leave! Let’s keep Tokyo clean!!
Have you ever been to Kinuta park? How was your experience?
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