Visiting tips for flowers and gardens in Tokyo and Japan

How to watch beautiful flowers in Japan?

In spring, you may find beautiful cherry blossom everywhere in Japan, but best season of each cherry variety is very limited. Autumn foliage is also very beautiful but what time is the best in Tokyo? In Tokyo and all around Japan, many good parks and gardens where we can enjoy seasonal flowers on trees and the ground with comfortable atmosphere. I am very happy if you can find some tips how you can find flowers in Japan on this page.





Japan is known by its rich variety of flowers and plants thanks to large variation of nature on north-south long archipelago in mild climate with four seasons.

If you are lucky to stay in beginning of April, you may find cherry blossoms "Sakura" blooming in everywhere, such as gardens, parks and even in road-sides. Then in autumn, you can find red and yellow autumn foliage, too.

Unfortunately, the best blooming time of the famous cherry variety "Someiyoshino" can be one week or 10days. However, do not worry, there are hundreds of cherry varieties in Japan, and you can find early blooming variety such as "Kawazu" in early February, and late variety "kanzan" will be blooming until late April. Also There are some unique varieties named "October cherry" blooming in Autumn.

In spring, you may find many beautiful flowers other than cherry, Japanese Apricot "Ume" which start blooming in January and February, and Pink color of Peach blossoms "Momo" is also very impressive in March.

From spring to summer, we can enjoy purple flower of Wisteria or red flower of Azalea. Please do not forget many rose gardens with hundreds of variety of roses are visited by many flower lovers from spring to autumn.  

In Autumn, Maples, Ginkgos, Wax trees and other deciduous trees change their leaves red and yellows before falling. It can be difficult to predict the best time to see, since it depends on temperature in Summer and Autumn. But you may select the place time to time, usually Autumn foliage starts top of the mountain in the North region and down to mountain foot in south region. Usually, Tokyo is the last timing for Autumn foliage. 

Not only top of the tree, there are a lot of pretty flowers on the ground, spring ephemeral or wild flowers in each seasons. Also you can enjoy many garden flowers in parks or botanical gardens.

Where we can admire these beauties? In some gardens, Japanese style or Western style, varieties of flowering trees are planted and many visitors come to on its peak season. In some parks, Japanese garden or Western style garden is constructed in some portions. Botanical gardens are best place to find many garden flowers also wild flowers. 

Best season and places

Flower  Good time Good place to watch
JAPANESE APPLICOT Jan-Feb Yushima Tenjin shrine, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Jindai botanical gardens, Mogusaen, Kairakuen (Ibaraki pref.)
PEACH March-April The East Gardens of the Imperial PalaceJindai botanical gardens
CHERRY March-April Ueno park, Imperial Palace (Chidorigafuchi), Shinjyuku gyoen garden, Sumida river bank (near  Asakusa) Asukayama park, Inokashira park, Jindai botanical gardens
AZALEA April-May Nezu-shrine, Rikugien garden, Shinjyuku gyoen garden,
WISTERIA May Kameido shirine, Koishikawa korakuen
ROSE May, Ocotober Shinjyuku gyoen garden, Jindai botanical gardens
Japanese Iris May Koishikawa korakuenThe East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
Japanese Wisteria May Hakusan shrine, Hamarikyu garden , The East Gardens of the Imperial PalaceJindai botanical gardens
Red spider lily September Koishikawa korakuen, Kincyakuda (Saitama pref.)
Chrysanthemum, Florists daisy Ocotber-November Hibiya park,  Shinjyuku gyoen garden, Jindai botanical gardens
Maple Acer Ocotber-November Koishikawa korakuen, Hibiya park, Shinjyuku gyoen garden
Tree Peony May, November-January Ueno park, Jindai botanical gardens
Japanese Allspice December-February Jindai botanical gardens

Jump to more detailed information


You can jump to index page of park, garden, botanical garden where you can find more information of these facilities. Click picture or here.

Cherry var. Shidare-sakura/ シダレザクラ

You can jump to index page of Flowers of Japanese or temparate region where you can choose index for tree flowers, herbaceous flowers so on. Click picture or here.

浅草 浅草寺 

Recommended course for visiting gardens, parks and other places are shown in other pages. Click picture or here.


Please contact to

Data of @ Hello MENO
Male, Born in Osaka 1960's, 
Bachelor:  Agronomy, plant breeding
Cities of residence, Rome, Bangkok, Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kanazawa, Okayama , Osaka
Visited more than 50 countries

%d bloggers like this: