Meguro River Looks Best After The Sakura Blossoms Has Fallen

“In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger.” -Kobayashi Issa.

Meguro River Promenade — A quaint place located in the Nakameguro area which boasts of beauty and exquisite views throughout the year— especially during Spring Time. Each year it is the favorite go-to-spot for Cherry Blossom lovers from all over the world. Four kilometers of this area is lined by the sprawling branches of 800 Cherry Blossom Trees of different types and sizes. A Sakura Illumination Festival is usually held during the Spring season however the event has been cancelled for this year. 

As you walk along the riverside and appreciate the enthralling beauty of the blossoms, you will also find street-side cafes and stalls that offers Spring edition drinks and snacks. A few minutes of walk and you will also stumble upon Starbucks Reserve Roastery which is the biggest of its kind in the world.

However, if you would like to enjoy a uniquely scenic view– visiting the area is also beautiful after the petals has fallen and the sakura flowers blanket the surface of the water. It’s as if nature is telling us that with her, nothing happens without a reason.

Address & other details

Address: Few minutes from both Nakameguro Station and Meguro Station on foot.

Peak Bloom: Late March to first week of April 

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WHICH TYPE OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS WILL I SEE?

 

Somei Yoshino

Some of the cherry blossoms types you will find while strolling along its walkways are the Somei Yoshino and Shidarezakura (Japanese weeping cherry tree). Somei Yoshino is the most popular type of sakura tree seen all over Japan. It’s color is pale pink— they appear to be almost white.

Shidarezakura

Another type of cherry blossom you will find while strolling along Meguro River is the Shidarezakura, it is by far one of my most favorite sakura type. It boasts of a stronger pink color and it’s unique look of drooping branches that resembles a weeping willow.

THE EXPERIENCE

It is my first time heading over to Meguro River for a Sakura-chasing day but the views and the vibrance of the area took my breath away. What I love about it most is that it’s wide enough that there are a lot of areas where people can enjoy and take their time to appreciate the views. 

There are temples, quaint cafes and thrift shops located all over the are as well. What I enjoyed doing the most was to head to less crowded areas along the river side and just watching the views while the cold spring air caresses my cheeks and the soft glow of the sunset permeate the trees. It was refreshing for both the mind and soul.

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TIPS

  • If you decide to head over to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery make sure to receive a ticket for waiting as the place is famous and tends to get crowded. Make sure to head there early as well while they are still handing out tickets for the day.
  • From March 18th — Early April (depending on the cherry blossoms) the use of terrace seats in Starbucks that overlooks the Meguro River will be limited to 90 minutes per use.
  • Visit their website for their menu and other information: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/reserve/roastery/

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