Parks and Sakura Viewing in Tokyo
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) is a uniquely Japanese pastime. It also happens to be one of many free things to do in Tokyo.
I mentioned the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Yoyogi Park, Sumida Riverside Park, and Hama Rikyu Gardens above, all of which are great hanami spots.
The most popular hanami spot in Tokyo is Ueno Park. It may be worth clearing your whole day to spend here because the huge park has museums, temples, and even a zoo. There are regular free walking tours in Ueno Park — check the schedule here to join a tour.
Even though it’s on the small side, Happoen Garden packs a lot of punch. There’s a koi pond. There’s a bonsai area with plants that are hundreds of years old. There’s a tea house where you can take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony for only 850 yen. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a wedding taking place here.
In the mood for something regal? Do your sakura viewing on grounds of the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The royal family does use this palace, so access into the inner grounds is restricted. However, the palace is surrounded by a big park, complete with a moat called Chidorigafuchi where you can rent a rowboat and enjoy the view while floating on the water.