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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
  • Maruyama Park
    Maruyama Park
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Maruyamachou other
    Maruyama Park is known as one of the best flower viewing sites in Kyoto City and is crowded with many flower viewing visitors and stalls around from late March to early April. About 680 cherry blossom trees are planted in the park and a weeping cherry in the center of the park is particularly famous with the name Gion no Yozakura (cherry blossoms in Gion at night). During flower viewing season, it is illuminated with a bonfire so you can enjoy cherry blossoms at night in a unique old capital atmosphere. Shops and toilets are available in the park. Kyoto Municipal Maruyama Parking is available for a fee.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Late Mar.-Early Apr.
  • 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.

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