Mar 27, 2018
Meguro River cherry blossom, Tokyo - worth it?
Hi. I've got my mum and sister visiting me in Japan from tomorrow. Was thinking about taking them to see the cherry blossom along the Meguro River, basically because I've never been there during this season. However, if it's really crowded and a hassle to just walk around, maybe I might choose somewhere else. Anyone been? Is it worth a look?
When I lived in Tokyo I went, found it a lot easier to manage on a weekday than a weekend. I definitely think other places like Ueno Park are worse for the crowds when it comes to cherry blossom season. If you go to Meguro one of my fave coffee shops is in Nakameguro (Onibus Coffee) and quite frankly I'd go there just for that!
@Tomuu looks like the perfect kind of weather and the blossoms look so much better this year than the past few in Tokyo! I feel like last spring and 2016's spring weren't as pretty just because we had a lot of rain and wind those years. But this year they're looking great! And yes - the crowds in the picture there don't look too bad at all. Enough to give it that electric vibe but not enough to feel overwhelming. So glad it worked out!
Japan is a country where cherry blossoms are literally everywhere. I generally prefer avoiding the crowd (and distractions) and instead go to some smaller parks for sakura. You can look up any random biggish-looking parks, places with a small river running through, and chances are that they will have enough cherry blossom to satisfy while giving you the peace and quiet you can't find at a place like Meguro River. :)