Meguro River: Cherry Blossom

Meguro River (目黒川 Meguro-gawa) is a small river which flows through Tokyo. The river is one of the most popular venues for cherry blossom (Sakura) viewing in Tokyo. While the river itself is like a concrete canal, many cherry trees line alog the river for about 4km. They spread from Meguro station (JR Yamanote line, Tokyo Metro Nanboku line, Toei Mita line and Tokyu Meguro line), through Nakameguro station (Tokyu Toyoko line and Tokyo Metro Hibiya line) to Ikejiri-Ohashi station (Tokyu Denentoshi line).

Meguro station side is wider than the other sides, while the river gets narrower between Nakameguro and Ikejiri-Ohashi station. Nakameguro station area is the most popular and many vendors sells foods and drinks. On the other hand, Meguro station and Ikejiri-Ohashi station areas are relatively calm and less crowded. Personally I recommend walking between Nakameguro and Ikejiri-Ohashi station. It takes about 30 minutes. If you want to walk through the whole route to Meguro station, it takes about an hour.

From Nakameguro station, Meguro river flows just next to the station.

There are some chairs along the river side, but the numbers are limited and people usually walk around. If you want to take a rest, there are many restaurants and cafes in the area, especially around Nakameguro station.

Lanterns on the trees are lit up during night and you can enjoy a wonderful sight. I’ll introduce it on another post (See Meguro River: Cherry Blossom – Night View).

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