Join us for “Hanami in the Plaza” presented by the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival! This will be an outdoor dining space in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza during the Festival weekends, April 10-11 and April 17-18, between the hours of 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. PT.

花見 Hanami or the Japanese traditional custom of flower viewing is an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the blossoming cherry blossoms. Every year, people travel to Japan to participate in the hanami during the cherry blossom season. Hanami is typically associated with having a meal or a party in the company of the beautiful cherry trees. 

The cherry blossoms in San Francisco are in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous! 

While we are unable to gather and celebrate for our annual in-person Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, we encourage you to take some time during our typical festival weekends to visit Japantown, support the local businesses, and enjoy the beautiful blossoms. 

Join us in the Peace Plaza under a spacious, open air tent or outside in the sun! Support your favorite Japantown businesses by purchasing to-go/take out food and dine with us in the plaza. 

You are welcome to sit within the dining area by simply showing us your proof of purchase (receipt) from a nearby business, and when your full party (of up to 6 people) are present. 

Strict COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced including mask wear, social distancing, hand hygiene, and proper sanitation. Thank you for your understanding to help this outdoor dining space be safe for everyone to enjoy.

We look forward to celebrating the cherry blossom season with you in beautiful San Francisco Japantown! When you visit Hanami in the Plaza, take a photo and tag our Festival on Facebook @nccbf, Instagram/Twitter @nc_cbf, and use hashtag #NCCBF54.

This event was made possible by the generosity of the San Francisco Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Japantown Foundation, the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Japan Center Malls, and Recology.

Please note that Hanami in the Plaza is the only in-person event for the 2021 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. Please view the 2021 Virtual Festival for our virtual festival livestream.