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.
大崎駅付近の目黒川のイルミネーション、冬の桜®の様子 pic.twitter.com/40dJ4hT3j8— U5 K (@YouGoY5) November 30, 2017
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.