All About Japan

Catch a Glimpse of 'Sakura' in the Winter

| Illumination , Night Views

Most people would say that winter is the worst time to go out and look at cherry blossom trees in Japan, and, generally, they’d be right. The iconic flowers won’t be blooming for several months. But, if you cannot wait for spring, winter is a fantastic time to go check out the cherry blossom trees along the Meguro River in Tokyo.

No, they don’t have special flowers that bloom in December, but they are incredibly beautiful at Christmas time since the trees are decorated with pink, sakura-colored lights.

In what’s become an annual event, a stretch of the river between the Osaki and Gotanda train stations, where rows of sakura trees straddle the waterway, is lit up nightly between 5 and 10 p.m.

The area is a popular spot for hanami (cherry blossom viewing parties) in the spring, but the winter event entices families, friends, couples, and lone photographers to stroll along the river even when spring festivities are still far off.

The most dynamic views happen when you get a bit of a vantage point and can see both the lights themselves and their reflections on the water’s surface, giving you four rows of pink light.

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