Best places to see the cherry blossoms in Japan | 2019-01-30

Best places to see the cherry blossoms in Japan

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30th January, 2019 04:41:29 printer

Best places to see the cherry blossoms in Japan

Spring time in Japan marks the arrival of Sakura season, when the nation's landscapes transform into a sea of pink as the cherry blossoms start to bloom.

It's a pretty spectacular sight, one that draws in crowds of tourists and locals alike for hanami (the viewing of the blossoms).

 

But it's not all about one spot for seeing the breathtaking trees come to life - there are multiple places across Japan where you can get some pretty incredible views.

To give you a helping hand, we've picked out some of our favourites below...

Considering a tour? We've also flagged some of the places you could find escorted holidays and packages.

 

When is cherry blossom season?

In some parts of Japan it can start as early as February, but for most region they tend to appear in early April, and usually last for around two weeks.

 

 

 

1. Yoshino, Kansai

Arguably one of Japan's most famous cherry blossom spots, Mount Yoshino in the Nara Prefecture offers up views of seas of pink intertwined with the dense green landscape.

There are said to be over 30,000 trees of 200 varieties blooming all over the mountain, so you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to taking those Instagram-worthy shots!

 

 

2. Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto

This picturesque path in Kyoto sits along a canal lined with the iconic trees, and is a hit with visitors during Sakura season with its unrivalled views.

The walk itself only takes about 30 minutes to complete, leaving you plenty of time to go exploring the rest of Kyoto too!

 

 

 

3. Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Park is one of Japan's best spots to watch the cherry blossoms, but for some of the best views you may want to head to Hirosaki Castle which sits in the heart of the breathtaking region and offers up heaps of history and culture to discover.

 

 

 

4. Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa

One of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, this striking landscaped garden makes for quite the view even when the cherry blossoms aren't in bloom.

Although it's privately owned the garden is open to the public and offers everything from tranquil ponds to impressive fountains tucked away amidst the colourful flowers and plants to be found here.

 

 

5. Fuji Five Lakes

Head to the shores of  Lake Kawaguchiko and you'll find an entire festival celebrating the stunning cherry blossoms that fill the region, while on the western shores of Lake Saiko you will find former farming village Iyashi no Sato which is home to the iconic trees.

The Fuji Five Lakes have plenty of different spots transforming into the pale pink landscapes, but spots such as the Oshino Hakkai ponds tend to be a hit with tourists and locals thanks to the picturesque setting.

 

 

6. Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

You're not going to struggle to find the trees in this national garden - there are over a thousand of them.

Think plenty of different varieties ranging from early to late bloomers, meaning that if you're visiting during peak season you have more of a chance of seeing them in their full glory.

 

 

7. Maruyama Park, Kyoto

This public park in the Higashiyama District is a must visit if you're in Kyoto.

Located right by the Yasaka Shrine, the park boasts historic monuments, landscaped gardens... and of course, heaps of cherry blossom trees too.

There are over 680 varieties to discover - and the park also offers night-time viewing spots for something that little bit extra magical.

 

 

8. Himeji Castle

Come spring time, a mix of locals and tourists descend on the town of Himeji and flock to the castle in its centre.

The castle makes for a pretty spectacular backdrop amidst the pink blossoms, and there's a festival to celebrate the history and traditions that surround the beautiful phenomenon.

 

 

9. Ueno-Koen in Tokyo

If you're looking for a popular hanami spot, the park of Ueno-Koen won't disappoint. Walk along the cherry blossom-lined paths, take in the views and then make the most of its handy location in Tokyo to do a bit more exploring.

 

 

10. Hirosaki Park

Hirosaki Park attractions millions of visitors every year thanks to its plethora of cherry blossom trees.

The park hosts a dedicated cherry blossom festival during the peak season for those who really want to immerse themselves in the experience and learn more about these breathtaking trees.

 

 


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