February is almost over and spring is almost here!
When we think of spring, the first image that pops to our mind is cherry blossoms, isn’t it?
Indeed, many people plan a trip to Japan in spring just to see the cherry blossoms, and Tokyo has become one of the most popular destinations for cherry blossom viewing!
Famous for its beautiful Japanese gardens, there are a lot of gorgeous cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo, but did you know that Tokyo’s best secret spot for cherry blossoms viewing is located next to Tokyo Dome City?
Here, you can find a rare variety of cherry blossoms, which is hardly seen in Tokyo, and enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms and a Japanese garden together.
Today, we’re going to introduce this spot and some activities to enjoy after a wonderful cherry blossom viewing!
A beautiful Japanese garden, Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen is a Japanese garden located close to Tokyo Dome. With over an 80-year history, this garden is also designated as a special historic site as well as a national scenic beauty. Many people visit this garden to take pictures or to sketch.
This garden looks beautiful in any season, but the view of cherry blossoms in spring is the most breathtaking! You can find many kinds of cherry blossom trees lining the pond located in the center of the garden.
The age of the weeping cherry tree close to the entrance is about 60 years old. This tree offers a spectacular view when it is in full bloom in late March.
Somei Yoshino is the most popular variety of cherry blossoms, and the tree is usually in full bloom from late March to early April. In addition, Ukon Zakura, a rare variety of cherry blossoms with yellow-hued blossoms also blooms in this garden. Since it blooms later than Somei Yoshino, the cherry blossoms viewing period in Koishikawa Korakuen is slightly longer than other places.
Make sure to visit Koishikawa Korakuen for its rare variety of cherry blossoms, and use this coupon to get a 20% at the entrance! Click here to get the coupon!
Koishikawa Korakuen is open from 9:00 to 17:00 (last admission is at 16:00), and the closest exit to this garden is exit C3 of Iidabashi station on the Toei Oedo line. We recommend visiting this garden early to enjoy a morning walk while admiring the breathtaking view of cherry blossoms!
Celebrate spring with Tokyo Dome City’s new attractions!
After enjoying an unforgettable cherry blossoms viewing experience at Koishikawa Korakuen, let’s visit Tokyo Dome City!
Tokyo Dome City is an entertainment complex that accommodates many facilities, and we recommend visiting Tokyo Dome City Attractions first before visiting other places.
Tokyo Dome City Attractions is a free-to-enter amusement park packed with many attractions that are suitable for all ages.
Two new attractions will open this spring (on March 23, 2019).
“BACK!? DAAAN!!” is an indoor roller coaster that moves forward and backward with tons of lights and image projections. This roller coaster is a family attraction since it is suitable for all ages.
“GAN! GUN! BATTLERS!” is a shooting-gallery attraction with moving seats and 3-D animations. Enjoy a shooting battle with other participants and try to be the no.1 shooter!
These two new attractions sound very interesting, right? Visit Tokyo Dome City Attractions to try them this spring!
Let’s go shopping at LaQua after spending the whole day at Tokyo Dome City Attractions!
Don’t forget to check Tokyo Dome City’s exclusive coupons, and get discounts or win novelty goods when shopping at LaQua!
Check the coupons here!
Relax at the Spa LaQua!
Relax at the Spa LaQua after spending the whole day exploring Tokyo Dome City!
Spend some times to relax and detox your body at Spa LaQua in its exotic resort atmosphere.
Spa LaQua offers various kinds of baths, including natural hot springs and open-air baths (rotenburo).
This spa offers a full range of amenities, so you don’t have to bring anything with you when visiting.
It also has a relaxation space where you can relax and take a nap.
Spa LaQua is enjoyable in many ways, so find your way to enjoy Spa LaQua at its most!
*Please read the notes regarding Facility Use beforehand
Newly opened green space packed with many great restaurants!
Located inside the yellow building on the Southwest entrance of Tokyo Dome City, “Hi!EVERYVALLEY” is a newly opened green space packed with many great restaurants and artworks.
In addition to its wide variety of restaurants, “Hi!EVERYVALLEY” also has several instagenic photo spots, wonderful murals, and playground for kids. Visit “Hi!EVERYVALLEY” to take great pictures and to enjoy an exquisite dining experience!
Hotels near Tokyo Dome City
We recommend staying at Tokyo Dome Hotel, or First Cabin Tokyo Dome City, a newly opened compact but luxury cabin-style hotel, if you want to spend one more day exploring Tokyo Dome City.
There are four train stations with different routes near Tokyo Dome City. You can choose the train station and the route based on the location of your destination. With easy access to Tokyo’s most popular sightseeing spots, staying at the hotel near Tokyo Dome City is one of the best options to save time and money on transportation!
Even though you’ve been to Tokyo Dome City before, we recommend visiting it again this spring for its beautiful cherry blossoms view and new attractions. Visit Koishikawa Korakuen in the morning to gaze at the gorgeous cherry blossoms while walking around the garden, and spend the rest of your day at Tokyo Dome City later!
Tokyo Dome City
Address: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8575, Japan
*Notes regarding Facility Use*
・People with tattoos and other body art (paints, seals, etc.) are prohibited.
・Children aged 0-5 years are not allowed.
・Children aged 6-11 years can enter only if accompanied by a parent of the same sex.
・In addition to being accompanied by a parent, children aged 6-17 years can use the facilities only till 18:00 (last entry 15:00).
・Persons under 18 years are not allowed to use the Healing Baden area.
・Please check the Spa LaQua website to confirm details like holidays, closures, and precautionary notes about using the facility.
・Please maintain peace and quiet within the facility.
・You cannot enter any baths wearing swimwear, bathing suits, or undergarments.
・Photography/videography is strictly prohibited within the bathing areas. There are also other areas where talking on the phone and photography/videography is prohibited.