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  • Hirosaki Park
    Hirosaki Park
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 1
    A park located in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture considered one of the three best places to view cherry blossoms in Japan. The scenery created by Hirosaki Castle, built in 1611, and the cherry blossoms in spring is truly beautiful, and the park is one of the most renowned destinations for flower viewing in the prefecture. In spring, some 2,600 mainly Yoshino cherry and other cherry tree varieties come into bloom, and each year the park is visited by large numbers of people seeking to enjoy the sight. The Hirosaki Cherry Blossoms Festival is held from late April to early May, and during this time a variety of stalls and stands open up in the area, and the trees are lit up at night to create a magical, fairy tale-like atmosphere. Many of the trees are over 100 years old, and one Yoshino cherry in the outer citadel area is said to be the oldest specimen living in Japan. A fee is required to enter the inner citadel of Hirosaki Castle, Kita no Kuruwa area, and Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden. Toilets, shops, and nearby parking available.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Late Apr.-Early May
  • Mt. Yoshino
    Mt. Yoshino
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 2430
    Mt. Yoshino is one of the most renowned destinations in Japan for cherry blossom viewing, and in spring some 30 thousand cherry trees, mainly Shiroyama-zakura but also including some 200 varieties in total, come into bloom on its sides. Due to the overwhelming number of cherry trees, the mountain is divided into four areas where visitors can enjoy viewing a great abundance of cherry blossoms in one location—Shimo-senbon (the lower 1,000 trees), Naka-senbon (middle 1,000 trees), Kami-senbon (upper 1,000 trees), and Oku-senbon (inner 1,000 trees). The Shimo-senbon lower 1,000 trees come into bloom the earliest, and the view of its blossoms is particularly stunning from the Nanamagarisaka hill and the Shimo-senbon scenic lookout. The Kimpusen-ji Temple’s Zao-do hall, a World Heritage Site and symbol of Mt. Yoshino, is also a must-see. Most years, the best time to view the blossoms is from early to mid-April, and during this time a cherry blossom festival is held spanning the whole mountain in line with the flowers blooming; the blossoms are also lit up at night. A three minute ride via ropeway from Yoshino Station on the Kintetsu Railway Yoshino Line. Shops, toilets and parking available. Traffic restrictions applying to cars and trucks are implemented in certain areas during the cherry blossom season.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Mid Apr.-Late Apr.
  • Chidorigafuchi-ryokudo Walkway
    Chidorigafuchi-ryokudo Walkway
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kudanminami 2-chome From Sanbancho
    Chidorigafuchi-ryokudo Walkway is a walkway with lush greenery that runs for a total of about 700 meters along Chidorigafuchi moat on the west side of the Imperial Palace. The cherry blossoms bloom above people strolling along the walkway, and you can have an experience that is like walking in a tunnel of cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms are illuminated in the evening, and the sight of the cherry trees reflected in the water of the moat is beautiful. It is one of the best spots in Japan for cherry blossoms, being visited by more than one million people from around the world, including Japan, during cherry blossom viewing season.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Mid Mar.-Early Apr.

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