I was so excited to see the cherry blossoms at Nakameguro, probably because of its famous night photos – branches delicately overhanging the river, softly lit up by festive lanterns.
This area is super popular during Sakura season partly because of the trendy neighbourhood. Millions of Japanese and foreign tourists visit this area to take selfies and drink beer under the trees at night.
We visited Nakameguro just after getting married at our local ward office. We wanted to do something casual, but still nice and romantic. We spent the afternoon walking around taking photos and drinking beer and pink champagne in the sun. We ate dinner at a nice Italian riverside spot, then continued our drinking under the trees, late into the night.
The whole area was quite busy, but had a really nice festive atmosphere. The small streets were lined with hundreds of small street food stalls, selling champagne, beer, churros, seafood, burritos – and lots of kebabs! The trees were lit up subtly and everyone was really enjoying themselves.
I highly recommend this area – especially in the early evening when the sun is slowly setting and glimmering off the water. If you can, try to go on a weeknight. Also if you want to eat at a riverside restaurant you need to book in advance for the tables with the best views.
The closest station is NakaMeguro. Leave from the main exit, then cross the road. Turn left and walk 3 minutes to reach the main blossom area. The blossoms line the river for about 4 km.