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One of best Sakura spots, hanami Nakameguro Tokyo

One of best Sakura spots, hanami Nakameguro Tokyo

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One of best Sakura spots, hanami Nakameguro Tokyo

Hanami, which literally means, “flower viewing”, is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. To complete the experience in Japan, you must have a party under the sakura (or cherry blossoms).



The Meguro-gawa River flowing through this residential district is one of Tokyo’s most famous hanami spots. 4 km of the Meguro River is home to more than 800 cherry trees, which make for a unique sight. Cherry trees standing in a line beside the river, and petals of cherry blossom have been blowing like snow with wind. We called it “sakura fubuki” (flower blown snow) in Japanese. The scenery looks like the sky is dropping cherry blossom snow.



During the Nakameguro Sakura-matsuri Festival in April 1-10 each year, paper lanterns are lit and the trees between Tenjin-bashi Bridge and Horai-bashi Bridge are illuminated (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm). Watching as the lanterns lit up the darkening sky can made giddy with delight. Everywhere there is a visual overload. The beauty is everywhere. The street is practically vibrating with life. Nighttime on the river banks is a wonderful sight to behold, with red and yellow lanterns lighting up the sakuras.



Nakameguro is a well-known home to chic restaurants and shops. There are many cafés and restaurants beside the river, but easy to be full up during the cherry blossom season. Vendors selling yakitori (grilled chicken) and beer make for a cheap and cheerful meal, for lunch or dinner. Having a glass of wine under cherry trees is the most happy thing of a day.





Nearest stations are, Ikejiriohashi, Nakameguro and Meguro of Tokyu Line.

Take the JR Yamanote Line from “Shinagawa Station” of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 10 minutes, alight at “Ebisu Station”, take the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for approx. 3 minutes, alight at “Naka-Meguro Station” and walk for approx. 3 minutes.

“Nakameguro was best known for the narrow, cherry tree-lined Meguro River, which bisects the neighborhood and draws tourists from all corners of Japan, particularly during the spring festival season.
Today, Nakameguro has gained a reputation as one of Tokyo’s hippest neighborhoods, a harmonious melding of old and new, urban and rustic. “From “The New York Time” March 5, 2009.



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