10 Places to See Cherry Blossom in Japan

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Japan is quite an exotic country especially during spring due to the spending natural beauty it holds. There are quite a lot of places to have a family picnic, romantic stroll, business vacations and also friendly trips in Japan. The original beauty and the natural and historical sites bring about the desired mood for a holiday. Japan is renowned for its richness in cherry blossoms trees and the atmospheric allure they bring during spring. Some of these scenic places include;

1. Ueno Park

Sakura at Ueno Park
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Ueno Park is popular for its cherry blossoms though it’s mostly crowded and noisy. It has more than a thousand trees that are designed along the street near the Shinobazu pond on the way to the National Museum. During the evening, the trees are beautifully lit up allowing for a perfect romantic walk or even for walks with friends and family. The trees bloom splendidly during spring which is around late March to the end of April, hence providing perfect scenery for holding parties beneath the canopy of magnificent attractive flowers.

Information

  • Name: Ueno Park
  • Address: Japan, 〒110-0007 Tokyo, Taito, 上野公園・池之端三丁目
  • Phone: +81 3-3828-5644
  • Public Transit Access: Ueno Station
  • Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 5 AM- 11 PM
  • Website: http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp/toubuk/ueno/index_top.html

2. Nagoya Castle

Hanami at Nagoya Castle
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Nagoya Castle is one of the greatest castles in Japan. The founder of the government that ruled Japan in the early 17th century completed the castle. The rooms in the castle are for displaying art treasures that survived the fires during the war and the seventh floor used for observing the scenery. The cherry blossoms around the castle bring out an incomprehensible beauty of the castle. The most typical of its’ cherry blossoms are the semei Yoshino trees, the weeping trees and a few of some exotic cherry trees. They grow even on the moats of the castle.

Information

  • Name: Nagoya Castle
  • Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0031, Japan
  • Phone: +81 52-231-1700
  • Function: Castle
  • Material: Wood
  • Demolished: May 14, 1945
  • Controlled by: Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Website: http://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/

3. Maruyama Park, Arashiyama & The Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto

Maruyama park
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The Maruyama is the oldest park well known for the huge weeping cherry trees in Kyoto; Japan.The trees are magnificent at night than during the day. Also, along the philosopher’s path, there are a group of the cherry trees on the river sides. Here, floating on the water are the petals creating a symphony of beautiful nature and scenery which includes the Honnen-in shrine, the Eikan-do temple, and the Ginkaku-Ji temple. During autumn, the scene is also prolific along the philosopher’s path. In Arashiyama, the cherry flowers are in a great quantity that forms a tunnel thus an alluring site for a stroll. It’s a beauty to behold.

Information

  • Name: Maruyama Park, Arashiyama & The Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto
  • Address: 605-0071 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Maruyamacho, 473
  • Phone: +81 75-561-1350
  • Website: http://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/

4. Daigo-ji Temple

Temari Sakura
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In the late 16th century, the great daimyo planted 700 cherry blossoms in a garden so as to host an eloquent party and enjoy the views around, and since then it has been a famous place for the cherry blossoms. The garden, Sanpo-in-teien, has a waterfall and an island to complement the alluring beauty of the cherry trees. Nearby, on top of the mountain, there is a Kaizan-do Hall hence the lure to hike. This place is magnificent as well as fun.

Information

  • Name: Daigo-ji
  • Address: 22 Daigohigashiojicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1325, Japan
  • Phone: +81 75-571-0002
  • Website: http://www.daigoji.or.jp/

5. Nara Park

Cherry Blossom in Nara Park
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Nara Park, was built in the Tempyo period as a historic park, in the year 700’s.It covers rich green scenery. It is popular for the protection of the deer as they are considered to be the holy messengers of the Kasuga-Taisha Shrine. The park holds a variety of cherry trees and also provides historical sites like Sagi pond, the foot of Wakakusa Mountain and the remains of the to-do tower. One can stroll around and also get acquainted with some historical facts.

Information

  • Name: Nara Park
  • Address: Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
  • Phone: +81 742-22-0375
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday 24 hours
  • Website: http://nara-park.com/

6. Yoshino Mountain, Nara

In Mt.Yoshino, the blossoms season is usually the whole April. It is located almost in the Nara prefecture’s Centre. This site is said to originate from trees seedlings that were dedicated to the Kinpunsen temple and later replanted in the mountains near it. During spring, the cherry trees bloom from the foot of the mountain to the peak while displaying a site to behold and admire. The cherry trees are more than 30,000 creating alluring exotic scenery.

Information

  • Name: Yoshino Mountain
  • Elevation: 1,227′
  • Location: Town of Yoshino

7. Kawazu Town

This city is located in Shizuoka prefecture. Here in Kawazu, it’s usually the spot popular for cherry blossoms near Tokyo and is also a tourist attraction site. The cherry tree blossoms, unlike other places, from late February to early March and their varieties are in abundance. This spectacular scenery is ideal for picnics, spring stroll and also perfect for a vacation business trip. This site crowds due to a lot of tourists flocking there to view the magnificent site. Don’t miss out on this!

Information

  • Name: Kawazu Town
  • Area: 38.92 mi²
  • Weather: 63°F (17°C), Wind E at 13 mph (21 km/h), 74% Humidity
  • Hotels: 3-star averaging $180. View hotels
  • Population: 7,569 (Sep 2014)
  • Prefecture: Shizuoka Prefecture

8. Kakunodate, Akita

Sakura
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Kakunodate is located in Akita prefecture in Senboku District. At this city, the cherry blossoms are almost at the Akita prefecture’s Centre. The history of the weeping cherry tree and the grand samurai residences date over three centuries. The cherry blossoms often create a high tunnel along the Hinokinai River with their beautiful flowers. Against the black samurai houses,’ walls and the natural cherry trees is an excellent contrast created. This contrast brings out an original view worth your while. The cherry trees classified as country’s natural monuments.

Information

  • Name: Kakunodate
  • Weather: 59°F (15°C), Wind NW at 4 mph (6 km/h), 56% Humidity
  • Locat time: Monday 5:50 PM

9. Japan Mint, Osaka

Japan Mint
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Japan Mint is one of the most significant sites that’s alluring to the eyes. The cherry blossoms found here create a passage of almost 600m long to the public for a week. This area hosts this traditional and seasonal occasion since the 19th century. The cherry blossoms are gorgeous, and a couple of varieties found at this site include Kanzan, Benitemari, Shibayama, Kizakura, Fugenzo, Shogetsu, and Yokihi.

Information

  • Name: Japan Mint
  • Address:530-0043 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Kita Ward, Tenma, 1−1
  • Phone: +81 6-6351-5361
  • Opening hours: 09hrs-1730 hrs. Except Friday and Saturday, spring time.
  • Website: http://www.mint.go.jp/

10. Senkoji Park, Onomichi City, Hiroshima

The Senkoji Park built in the 19th century by the chief priest of the senkoji temple is a major site for cherry trees stretching from the Mt.senkoji top side. It holds over 10,000 cherry trees. The top of the mountain provides a magnificent landscape over the town and the islands of the sea. The varieties of cherry trees grown there are, the weeping cherry trees, some-Yoshino, and sato-zakura.This Park is ideal for a family trip especially those with kids, since city art museum, amusement park, and path of literature also known as the Bungaku-no-komichi, are located there.

Information

  • Name: Senkoji Park
  • Address: 15-1 Higashitsuchidocho, Hiroshima, Prefecture 722-0033, Japan
  • Phone: +81 848-23-2310
  • Website: http://www.senkouji.jp

There so many other places with such beautiful sights to behold, you’ve got to go pay a visit and enjoy nature in its true and purest beauty.

Have a good trip and travel!

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