Meguro River - best places to see cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. sakura hanami. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

So…

Would Meguro River be a good spot to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo?!

Well, if you will be in Tokyo during cherry blossom season, then YES, you could go for a nice leisurely stroll along the river right alongside pink cherry blossoms!

 

Meguro River - best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. Backpacking Japan

Meguro River cherry blossoms promenade viewing in Tokyo. Backpacking Japan

 

And, coming to this part of Tokyo will take you a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas of Tokyo.

 

So, be sure to add Meguro River to your list of possible best spots for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo!

 

 

How to get to Meguro River

Generally speaking, Google Maps can work out well when you’re trying to figure out the best way to get anywhere in Tokyo from your current location.

 

Look for “Meguro River Cherry Blossom Promenade”

There’s a spot on Google Maps that’s called the Meguro River cherry blossom promenade.

This is the direction I headed, and I’d say it was a good spot to be guided to!

There’s also a Meguro River Park, but this is more of a plaza or a square, and it’s not a park like Ueno Park or Yoyogi Park where you’ll be able to see lots of cherry blossoms.

You can walk towards the park as you take a stroll along Meguro River, but just don’t expect a whole bunch of cherry blossom trees at the end!

 

Meguro River park plaza. Backpacking Japan

 

But it’s not a bad starting point for your river walk.

 

Getting to Meguro River with a JR pass

Meguro River - how to get to meguro river for best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. with JR pass to Ebisu station or Meguro staion on JR yamanote line. Backpacking Japan

 

If you’re traveling without a JR pass, depending on where you’re coming from and your timings, there are a couple of different train stations that might be suggested routes.

But if you’re traveling with a JR pass, there is the JR Meguro station and the JR Ebisu station.

I got off at Ebisu station, but looking at a map now, it does look like the Meguro station will get you to the river quicker which would make for a more scenic walk.

So if I had to do it again, I would probably choose to get off at Meguro.

Or if you want to start at the Meguro River Park, you can get off at Ebisu.

But either way, you can end up at the cherry blossom promenade with a river walk in Tokyo!

 

 

Now…

Here’s a bit of what you might see with a walk along Meguro River during cherry blossom season!

 

I was here a little bit earlier than “full bloom” of the cherry blossoms, so you can also keep that in mind as you look at the pictures!

 

Meguro River bridge to cherry blossoms promenade viewing in Tokyo. Backpacking Japan

Meguro River - best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. Backpacking Japan

Meguro River cherry blossoms promenade viewing in Tokyo. Backpacking Japan

Meguro River cherry blossoms promenade viewing in Tokyo. Backpacking Japan

Meguro River cherry blossoms promenade viewing in Tokyo. Backpacking Japan

Meguro River - kayaking with cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo. Backpacking Japan

Meguro River - best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. Backpacking Japan

 

HAPPY MEGURO RIVER CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING IN TOKYO!

 

For more spots to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, also consider visiting the Yasukuni Shrine and Sensoji Temple!

 



More quick tips for planning your trip to Japan

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The super fast train in Japan
In general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it. But here's how to calculate it to be sure.

See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.

NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.

My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.

See how much insurance costs for your trip.

Best travel guides for Japan
If you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.

For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.

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That's it for now!