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Hanami in Inokashira Park: A How To Guide

There are many excellent spots throughout Tokyo, but our pick is Inokashira Park in trendy Kichijoji.

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It would be a shame to be in Japan during cherry blossom season and not partake in a hanami! While the word “hanami” simply means “flower viewing”, to most people this brings to mind a picnic on a blue plastic sheet under a canopy of dreamy sakura blooms.

There are many excellent spots throughout Tokyo, but our pick is Inokashira Park in trendy Kichijoji.

Dreamy sakura
Image: Jade Miles

Planning Your Inokashira Park Hanami

Established in 1917 as the first suburban park in Japan, Inokashira Park is much beloved by locals. The park is large and has many facilities, including the famous Ghibli Museum, a zoo, and a shrine.

The centerpiece, however, is Inokashira Pond, where you can rent rowboats, paddle boats, and even swan boats. The cherry blossoms bloom around the perimeter of the pond, and for a few short weeks in spring, this becomes ground zero for hanami madness.

(You can read the rest of the article at this link. This article was first published by Team JJ on March 8, 2021. Check here for deeper and unique insights into visiting Japan, including wellness, travel, cuisine and more. Find us on Instagram and on Facebook.)

Author: Team JJ