Cherry blossoms on Meguro river’s bank


The Meguro River in Nakameguro wends its way towards Tokyo Bay in between streets lined with cherry trees. As for the Tama river banks depicted by Hiroshige, where trees were planted to make it a sight-seen spot, Nakameguro is one of the most popular places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo.


Whilst this area has been a long established favorite for many daytime visitors, its nighttime illumination provides an even more impressive spectacle. The annual light up of the cherry blossom trees (yozakura, 夜桜) along Meguro River near Nakameguro is one of Tokyo’s most popular hanami spots. About 800 cherry trees line a 2.2 kilometer stretch of Meguro River, and 1 kilometer of this is illuminated, with the lights turned on around sunset (5pm) and switched off at 9pm each night.