The fragile but brilliant beauty of cherry blossoms in each spring always attracts a large number of visitors everywhere to enjoy unforgettable moments. Annually, in late March and early April, cherry blossoms bloom most beautifully. Due to its beauty, cherry blossoms are planted in many countries around the world. Therefore, visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms viewing in anywhere. Below is the list of some popular cherry blossom spots in Japan.
Hirosaki Park is very famous in Japan for cherry blossom viewing in spring. The park is surrounded by a moat with the two sides full of cherry blossoms. Hirosoki Park owns 2,600 cherry trees of 50 different species. In the evening, the park is lit up by many lanterns, which creates shimmering scenery. Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival is usually held every year from late April to early May.
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is one of the most beautiful and oldest landscapes in Japan. Koishikawa Korakuen attracts tourists in all seasons, especially in autumn and spring. The plum blossom festival is held annually in late February when the charming cherry trees near the entrance of the garden burst into beautiful inflorescences.
Kakunodate is located in the centre of Akita prefecture. The town is considered the mini Kyoto in Michinoku because this region’s climate is hardly different from Kyoto’s. The town still retains some old vestiges dating back 320 years ago with old cherry trees and stately samurai mansions. The cherry trees here are brought back from Kyoto by the samurai, including 150 trees, mainly are Yaebeni Shidare, were scatteredly planted across the roads in the county.
Takato Joshi park
Takato Kohigan-sakura is considered the most beautiful kind of cherry tree in Japan thanks to the beauty and the height of it. The park owns more than 1,500 Takato Kohigan-sakura cherry trees, with some over-100-year-old ones. These cherry trees are transplanted from Edo higan-sakura and Mame-sakura. They are tall, slender cherry trees with dark pink flowers that can only be found at Takato. Blooming cherry trees in harmony with natural surroundings of Chuo Mountains is regarded as a valuable natural treasure of Nagano.
Located near Nakameguro, Meguro River is a place where tourists often choose to enjoy the cherry blossoms. At night, it always brightly lit up by electric lights. Meguro River looks like a canal full of cherry trees crossing the city. It is a very ideal location for cherry blossoms viewing with a number of fashion stores, cafes and restaurants along the two sides.
Located near the Ueno tram station, Ueno Park is home to hundreds of ancient cherry trees. This park is always crowded with people in spring to hold large Hanami parties. Ueno Park covers an area of 133 acres with approximately 1,000 cherry trees. The main attraction here is avenue surrounded Shinobazu Pond. Ueno park is usually the first point of blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo. It is truly an ideal place for sakura watching.
Shinjuku Gyoen Park
Located near Shinjuku station, Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the major parks in Tokyo. The most beautiful time here is cherry blossom season in late March and early April. On this occasion, not only the Japanese but also foreign travelers come here for cherry blossoms viewing. More than 1,300 cherry trees were planted in the gardens provide a wonderful place to hold a large Hanami party.