Chidorigafuchi Moat Tours
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The Chidorigafuchi Moat runs along the outside of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. It’s always a pretty place for a stroll or a paddleboat ride, but it comes alive during sakura, or cherry blossom, season. The moat is one of the best places in Tokyo to see the pretty pink flowers so famous across Japan and the world.
The Imperial Palace in central Tokyo is surrounded by thick stone walls, the Chidorigafuchi Moat, and a park. There are about 200 cherry trees planted around the moat, and they turn the whole landscape pink for a couple of weeks in March and April. At other times, visitors can enjoy walking along the 2,300 foot (700 meter) walkway beside the moat. For an extra bit of fun, rent a rowboat and enjoy an outing on the water.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Rowboats can be rented from March to November.
- During cherry-blossom season, stalls selling snacks are set up around the moat.
- The moat and park are within walking distance of Kitanomaru Park, the National Museum of Modern Art, and the Nippon Budokan indoor arena.
How to Get There
The Chidorigafuchi Moat is northwest of the Imperial Palace. It’s a short walk from Kudanshita Station on the Toei Shinjuku, Metro Hanzomon, and Metro Tozai lines.
When to Get There
While cherry blossom season (late March to early April) is the best time to visit, the area is also very crowded during this season as around one million people flock visit to see the blooms. Immediately following cherry blossom season, you can enjoy the lovely sight of the pink petals floating on the surface of the water.
Visit the Yasukuni Shrine
Just northwest of Chidorigafuchi, you’ll find the Yasukuni Shrine. This Meiji-era Shinto shrine—formally known as the Imperial Shrine of Yasukuni—honors Japan’s war dead. The site is also one of Tokyo’s most popular cherry-blossom-viewing locations in March and April, and you can easily visit the temple before or after Chidorigafuchi.
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Chidorigafuchi Moat
Explore Tokyo with a private guide, and see the sights of the Japanese capital by e-bike. With an electronic motor that starts when you pedal, the bike offers the perfect Tokyo transport; you’ll avoid the traffic, park easily, and see the sights without getting tired. One highlight is a ride around the Tokyo Imperial Palace, but the route also takes in the ruins of Edo Castle, the Chidorigafuchi lake, and more. Note that the bike hire is at your own expense.
Nature and Wildlife
This private tour takes you to many important places in Tokyo to experience incredible art, learn about Tokyo’s history, and appreciate scenic nature spots too. Save time planning your own itinerary and benefit from a guide’s expertise and local knowledge. The tour goes to the Imperial Palace, Wadakura Fountain Park, the National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery, Kitanomaru Park, and much more.
For visitors to unfamiliar cities, it can be difficult to get a glimpse into local culture. This private and personalized guided tour allows you to do just that. In the company of your host, you will explore Tokyo and discover the locals' favorite spots for cherry blossom-viewing and enjoy a picnic under the "sakura."
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Mountain Bike Tours
Cherry blossom season is a magical time to visit Tokyo, but getting between the parks where the trees are blooming can be tiring and time-consuming. This guided e-bike tour lets you conserve energy while zipping around the city—with plenty of breaks to sit under the flowering trees.
Frequently Asked Questions
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