Roppongi is one of Tokyo’s busiest areas, with its streets constantly bustling with businessmen, tourists and party lovers. The neighborhood has grown to become one of Tokyo’s most recognized areas.
In particular, flashy buildings like Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown have reached landmark status in the city.
Surprisingly, these two buildings have cherry blossoms planted throughout its premise, and is a must-see during the spring.
Roppongi is a district packed with everything from skyscraper office towers to fancy restaurants to nightclubs. The subway stations in the Roppongi area loaded daily with businessmen and tourists.
Roppongi’s now iconic Roppongi Hills opened in 2003, and Tokyo Midtown opened later in 2007. Both buildings are multipurpose facilities with restaurants and museums inside.
Cherry Blossoms at Roppongi Hills
There are two spots at Roppongi Hills where you can find cherry blossoms: at Mori Garden and Roppongi Sakura-zaka. Visit between late March and early April to find the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Mori Garden – 毛利庭園
Roppongi Hills Mori Garden
Mori Garden belonged to a feudal lord during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). The garden is home to 8 someiyoshino cherry blossom trees and 2 shidarezakura (weeping cherry blossom) trees.
Roppongi Hills Cherry Blossoms
The garden has much more to offer though, with a quaint pond and waterfall to give off a relaxing, calming vibe. Peeping behind the cherry blossoms is Mori Tower, standing at 238 meters tall.
Light up at Mori Garden
The cherry blossoms light up from sunset. The lights illuminate the lake as well, creating a mirror for the cherry blossoms to reflect on.
・Period: Mar. 19 – Mid April (2018)
・Time: 5:30p.m. – 11:00p.m.
Roppongi Sakura-zaka – 六本木さくら坂
Roppongi Hill locates on a Roppongi Keyaki Street, a 400-meter long street leading up to the building. Parallel to the street is Roppongi Sakura-zaka, literally meaning Roppongi Cherry Blossom Hill.
Roppongi Sakura-zaka at night
The 400-meter hill has 75 cherry blossom trees and of course lights up after sunset. You can slowly walk down the hill and enjoy the view, or sit at the park or on a bench for some extra time to appreciate the blossoms.
・Period: Mar. 19 – Mid April (2018)
・Time: 5:30p.m. – 10:30p.m.
Cherry Blossoms at Tokyo Midtown
Roppongi Sakura Street
You can find a 200-meter road of cherry blossom trees in Midtown Garden, located on the western side of the building.
Midtown Garden will get you in the spring mood with its cherry blossom inspired decorations and even cherry blossom inspired dishes, available for a limited time at the garden restaurant.
The light up
The light up at Tokyo Midtown starts out pink, and changes into white lights as the flower blossom and reach their peak. Every thirty minutes, there is a special 1-minute light show that you can catch.
・Period: Mar. 16 – Apr. 15 (2018)
・Time: 5:00p.m. – 11:00p.m.
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station 六本木駅 (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line; Toei Oedo Line)
Exit 1C connects to Roppongi Hills, and Exit 8 connects to Tokyo Midtown.
From Shinjuku Station 新宿駅
【Shinjuku Sta.】Toei Oedo Line / for Tochomae
From Tokyo Station 東京駅
【Tokyo Sta.】Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / for Ogikubo
→【Kasumigaseki Sta.】Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line / for Nakameguro
From Narita Airport 成田空港
【Narita Airport Sta.】Skyliner / for Keisei Ueno
→【Keisei Ueno/Ueno Sta.】Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for Nakameguro
From Haneda Airport
【Haneda Airport Sta.】Tokyo Monorail / for Hamamatsucho
→【Hamamatsucho/Daimon Sta.Toei Oedo Line / for Hikarigaoka
Try Visiting Both!!
Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown are very close in distance, so if you have the time, going to both is strongly recommended. Both locations have stunning cherry blossoms in their own unique ways.
If you want to see more cherry blossoms, you can hop on the Hibiya Line to get to Nakameguro’s cherry blossoms or on Oedo Line to see the flowers at Shinuku Gyoen.