Another well-known Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spot in central Tokyo is “Chidorigafuchi” -- the 700 m long pedestrian path from “Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery” toward “Yasukuni Shrine” Street, along with the west side of the Imperial Palace moats.
About 260 of various kinds of cherry trees such as Somei-Yoshio and Oshima-Zakura make a gorgeous sakura (cherry blossom) tunnel which attracts more than 1 million people during the Hanami season every spring (the best time to visit is from mid-March to mid-April).
The trees are lit up at night. Since it is near the business district, many business people come by after work and enjoy flowers reflected in the water of the moat and the sakura tunnel over the walking path.
Many photographers gather on the spot to shoot breath-taking pictures such as a perfect combination of cherry blossom and the illumination of the Tokyo Tower.
Half way through the pedestrian path, there is another great spot for Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) -- “Chidorigafuchi Park”. The moat has boats for two – just imagine looking up at the cherry blossoms and the moon from the water surface with your loved one – what a romantic experience it would be!
There is quite a bit around “Chidorigafuchi”. Just to name a few, “the Imperial Palace”, “Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery”, “Showa-Kan”, “Budo-kan” “Yasukuni shrine”… if the weather is nice, even Tokyo station is within walking distance (approximately 30 min, 2.6 km)!
[How to get there]
5 min walk from Tokyo Metro Kudanshita Station (exit #2) or Hanzomon Station (exit #5).
Our WiFi is available in this area.
Feb. 11th, 2015