Cherry Blossom season is in full effect and the most magical sites are of course in Japan. The cherry blossom is a flower of many trees of the genus Prunus. There are approximately 600 different species. So how do you find the best cherry blossom sites in Japan? Each cherry blossom reaches its peak at different times, depending on region and species. In Japan the most notable kind is the Prunus Serrulata (often referred to as SAKURA 桜 or 櫻; さくら by the Japanese.)
During the months of March and April, cherry blossoms are blooming all across Japan. This Spring phenomenon is anticipated every year. It attracts people from around the world and of course the locals. For your future spring trip, here is a list of 11 Magical Cherry Blossom Places in Japan.
Hirosaki // Hirosaki Castle Park
Hirosaki is Japan’s most notable spot to see Cherry Blossoms. There are over 2,600 flowering cherry blossom trees. Visitors can also rent a boat and observe the magical views as they flow along the river of Hirosaki Park.
Nara // Mount Yoshino
Mount Yoshino is notorious for its idyllic cherry blossom views. This site has a significant meaning to the Sakura tree. Over 1300 years ago, Japan’s first cherry blossom trees were planted here. Mount Yoshino is a magical spot to visit because it is rich with history and over 30,000 cherry blossom trees of different color.
Tokyo // Shinjuku Gyoen
This is an accommodating site to view cherry blossoms because there are both early and late blooming trees. Shinjuku Gyoen is located in the heart of Tokyo, not far from Shinjuku station which makes it an easy location to get to.
Fuji Five Lakes // Chureito Pagoda
Chureito Pagoda is truly a magical place because the Cherry Blossom trees are complimented by the famous Mountain Fiji. It’s best to visit during the early mornings as the views of the sky are more clear.
Nagano // Takato Castle Park
Takato Castle Park is rated as one of the top 3 places for cherry blossom viewings. The park organizes an annual festival, with activities and illuminations in the evening.
Kyoto // Philosopher’s Path
The 2km canal path gets its name from Japan’s notable philosopher Nishida Kitar. It is located not far from Kyoto’s Higashiyama district. The stone walkway follows thousands of cherry blossom trees of all pink, white and fuchsia tones.
Osaka // Kema Sakuranomiya Park
This riverside park in Osaka is the home to over 5,000 cherry blossom trees. The walkway is parallel to Okawa River for several kilometers. Many locals will enjoy morning jogs and picnics during this magical season.
Fukuoka // Nishi Park
Over 1,000 cherry blossom trees stand on Nishi park’s hills. You will also witness breathtaking views of the Terumo Shrine, Hakata Bay, Nokonoshima Island, and Shikanoshima Island.
Himeji // Himeji Castle
The Himeji Castle is one of Japan’s original castles from the feudal century. This historical site is in the height of its beauty during cherry blossom season.
As long as your trip to Japan is in the middle of March to beginning April, you’re guaranteed to witness this breathtaking bloom. Thankfully, there are several forecast resources that you can refer to prior to your visit. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
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