Sakura in spring
You could write poetry dedicated to the beauty of the cherry blossoms, or sakura, in Tokyo which bloom every spring. Okay fine, maybe not poetry. Unfortunately, many of us are not quite as talented as Matsuo Bashō (As everyone knows, he is one of the most famous poets in Japan and a master of haiku), but you get the idea; timing your trip to Tokyo to coincide with hanami season is reason enough to visit. Hanami literally means blossom viewing, and it’s without a doubt one of the most magical Japanese traditions and a must when scouting out things to do in Tokyo. Locals head to breathtaking hanami spots like Ueno Park, Chidorigafuchi or the Meguro River to enjoy a picnic under the blossoms, stroll along pathways draped in 800 cherry trees or even row a boat at Chidorigafuchi to see these ethereal explosions of pastel pink. And enjoying the sakura isn’t just for during the day! Viewing the cherry blossoms at night is known as yozakura, and it might just be even more impressive! Depending on where you go, the trees could be lit by simple, traditional lanterns or by colourful light displays, and you’ll also find street food stalls at some, which creates a festival-like atmosphere. If you are looking for things to do in Tokyo at night, then the weeping cherry trees at Rikugien are a must see at night, when the petals are illuminated and the trees look as though they’re floating.