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Tokyo Cherry Blossom Experience

Tokyo

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4 hours | from $112.50 pp
Discover the magic of cherry blossom season in Tokyo and see how the locals really celebrate the spring time sakura blossoming. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is getting together with your friends and loved ones, sharing food and drinks under the blossoms as the petals drift down, and enjoying this fleeting but enchanting time of the year together. Let your specially handpicked Host show you the most spectacular spots in the city for hanami as well as places which are off the tourist trail, enjoy a picnic under trees in true local style and feast on the classic snacks and dishes which are enjoyed at this time of year.
4 hrs
Start when you want
Private & personalised
Walking

What you'll do

We’ll carefully match you with the perfect Host based on your personality, interests and require-ments and together you’ll discover how magical cherry blossom season is in Tokyo - an experience made all the more so when you discover how the locals really celebrate it!Read more +

Cherry Blossom Season 2019 Forecast: 27 March - 4 April (these dates may change and we will update them as the forecasts are announced)

When the sakura start to bloom, the whole city explodes in pastel pink. But as Tokyo is such a sprawling metropolis, choosing which hanami spots to visit can seem tricky. So your Host will cre-ate a unique itinerary for you which will include both a famous park and temple, as well as a small private garden or an off the beaten path shrine if you would like to visit one.

Just like the locals do, you’ll enjoy a picnic with your Host under the blossoms. It’s permitted to drink in public in Japan so locals gather with their friends and family, enjoy some beers or sake and share plates of tasty traditional dishes together, whether it’s a picnic brought from home, traditional sweets or street food picked up on the way like yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), takoyaki (fried octopus balls) and yakisoba (fried noodles).

So first things first, you’ll need to buy your picnic! Together with your Host, you’ll visit an impressive local department store where you’ll head straight to the “Depachika”, the incredible underground food halls that can be found in most Japanese department stores - a paradise for any foodie! Browse the aisles and be amazed by the incredible food like sushi, bento boxes and Japanese sweets you can find here. “Depachika” are great choice to mix-and-match Japanese snacks too, from fried chicken to croquettes with a thousand different fillings, as well as fancy onigiri too—you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice! Your Host will recommend items for your picnic that are loved by the locals so you can feast on traditional local favourites. 

Taste sakura mochi, the traditional spring sweets which you’ll find in almost every wagashi (Japa-nese sweet) shop in Tokyo at this time of year - these are delicious pink rice cakes wrapped in sa-kura leaf and the classic cherry blossom season sweets!

Next, your Host will take you to a park like the Shinjuku Gyoen National Park which they will choose according to where the best blossoms are. The dates of the cherry blossom season vary each year, so your Host will choose a park  based on where the blossoms are in full bloom and at their best. In order to secure a good picnic spot, you will likely arrive before midday as it can get extremely busy. 

Have your own hanami party under the sakura trees as you feast on your picnic and your Host shares with you the traditions of hanami and its festive parties.

You may like to hire a boat and enjoy floating on the moat which surrounds the Imperial Palace, the perfect way to enjoy the cherry blossoms which drape into the water! Or perhaps you’d like to stroll along the Meguro River, wandering along the canal and appreciating the beauty and tranquility of the trees along the water’s edge. But of course, you may also like to stay in the park and make the most of your spot under the sakura!

See some of Tokyo’s iconic hanami spots like the Sensoji temple and the beautiful Meiji-jingu Shrine are even more breathtaking at this time of year, so your Host will take you to a temple or shrine that fits your itinerary and where the blossoms are at their best. 

Important note: The season for cherry blossom season usually falls on and around the first week of April. However this changes each year depending on a number of factors including how cold the winter has been previously. We keep up to date with the predictions, but there is no guarantee of exactly when the season will take place. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions info@cityunscripted.com

 

What's Included

* Private and personalised experience
* 4 hours with a Local Host
* Meet-up at your accommodation (within reasonable distance)
* A traditional Japanese picnic
* Local knowledge, insights and advice 

 

What's Not Included

* Food and drinks
* Tickets to any attractions
* Transportation costs 
* Gratuities (optional)

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 7 days before your experience and get a full refund.   

 

Meeting Point 

Your meeting point is flexible, and to be agreed with your Local Host. Meet-up at your hotel or accommodation can be requested, or your Local Host will meet you at a convenient location close to the start of your experience.

Experience Highlights

* Celebrate cherry blossom season like a local with your personally chosen Host
* Enjoy a picnic with your host under the branches of a cherry tree in full bloom just like the locals in a popular hanami spot like at Ueno Park, having your own hanami party!
* Visit the most famous and spectacular cherry blossom viewing spots in the city
* Discover the traditions and meaning of the cherry blossom in Japan 
* Visit a traditional “depachika”, a department store incredible food-hall to choose food for your Japanese picnicstore food hall to choose a picnic
* Feast on traditional dishes like sakura mochi, pink rice cakes wrapped in cherry tree leaves 
* Stroll along the banks of the Meguro River or hire a boat and see the blossoms from the moat of the Imperial Palace 
* Try some popular street food along the way like yakitori, yakisoba and takoyaki if the park you picnic at has street food stalls (not all parks have these)

Total: USD
per adult
Start when you want

You can change your preferred start time after booking

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Experience type
Private and personalised to what you want to see and do.
Languages
Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.
Kids go free
Kids up to 12 years old go free