The cherry blossom trees in Sumida Park in Asakusa between the Azumabashi and Sakurabashi bridges are nationally famous, and rightly so, the 640 cherry blossom trees lining both sides of the Sumida river in late March and early April are truly spectacular.
The exact dates are a bit tricky to predict exactly but the festival is scheduled to run between 21st March and 7th April in 2019. Full bloom is expected around the last weekend in March.
Groups of friends and families gather to sit on ground sheets and blankets under the blossoming sakura trees, eating and drinking to celebrate the arrival of spring.
There are up to 50,000 visitors each day when the cherry blossom is in full bloom so can get a bit hectic if you do not have a spot reserved to sit and relax, but at night there is a real party atmosphere.
With Japanese cherry blossom festivals you need to come well prepared with food and drink – kara-age chicken is a favourite with the Metropolis team (and the rest of japan).
Remember to bring a jacket if you staying after dark because it gets pretty chilly as soon as the sun dips.
There is a long history of cherry blossom viewing along the Sumida River going back to the edo period. When you take part you will be doing the same as has been happening every year going back to way back when.