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  • Row of Cherry Trees on Hiikawa River Bank
    Row of Cherry Trees on Hiikawa River Bank
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Kisukichoukisuki
    The height of sakura spots in the Chugoku region, this area features an array of 800 cherry trees stretching roughly two kilometers, and was selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Many visitors come each year to see the tunnel formed by the blooming cherry trees. Every year during peak season, the Sakura Festival is held, the trees are illuminated for nighttime viewing; during spring, there are fireworks, temporary shops, and other events.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Late Mar.-Mid-Apr.
    Best Seasons Best Selection:Early Apr.-Mid
  • Omuro Sakura cherry trees
    Omuro Sakura cherry trees
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Omuroouchi 33
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ninna-ji Temple is located in the Ukyo Ward of Kyoto City, and is the head temple of the Omuro School of Shingon Buddhism. The Temple is famous for its grove of Omuro-zakura cherry trees, which became popular from the Edo period onwards as the “ordinary person’s cherry tree,” and which has been extolled in Waka poems. The Omuro-zakura is the latest-flowering variety of cherry tree to be seen in Kyoto; the best time of year for viewing the Omuro-zakura cherry blossom is usually from early April through to mid-April. The trees are relatively small, making it possible to view the cherry blossom at eye level. The Yoshino cherry trees located in front of the Kondo (Main Hall) and the weeping cherry tree located in front of the Shoro bell tower also give a great deal of pleasure to visitors to the Temple. The Temple grounds are open for cherry blossom viewing from 8:00 to 17:00 (with last entry at 16:30); admission costs 500 yen for adults, and 200 yen for elementary school and junior high school students. Toilets, shops, and paid parking available.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Early Apr.-Mid-Apr.
  • Sakura-no-toorinuke at Japan Mint
    Sakura-no-toorinuke at Japan Mint
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenma 1-1-79
    This 560-meter route is located on the grounds of the Japan Mint, and it is one of Osaka’s great hanami (flower-viewing) spots, even selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. It is open to the public for only seven days each April, adorned with nearby food stalls. The route is flanked by 350 trees, in 130 different varieties—mainly common double-flowered cherries, but you can also see rare species like Odemari (Japanese snowball) and Yoro-zakura cherry. The route is one-way from the South Gate near Tenmabashi Station to the North Gate. Open from 10:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays 9:00–21:00). Toilets available. No parking.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Late Mar.-Early Apr.

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