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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-October
  • 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.
  • 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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