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  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Naitoumachi 11
    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was formerly the site of the mansion of the Naito family, lords of the Shinshu Takato domain. It was subsequently developed as an Imperial Garden, and was opened to the general public in 1949. Famous as a great place for viewing cherry blossom, the Garden has approximately 1,100 cherry trees belonging to around 65 different varieties, including Yoshino, hill cherry, Ichiyou, and Kanzan. With a mixture of early-flowering and late-flowering cherry trees, visitors can enjoy coming to the Garden to view the cherry blossom over an extended period. The large numbers of Yoshino cherry trees that are in flower in late March and early April, and the many double-flowered cherries that are in bloom from early to late April, are particularly spectacular. Please note that bringing alcoholic beverages into the Garden is prohibited, as is the use of sporting equipment. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is open from 9:00 to 16:30 (last admission at 16:00); the Garden is closed on Mondays (except when a public holiday falls on a Monday, in which case the Garden is closed on the next working day; the Garden is also open on Mondays during the cherry blossom season). The admission charge is 200 yen for adults, and 50 yen for elementary and junior high school students. There are toilets, shops, and parking (there is a parking charge). Nearby stations include Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station and Sendagaya Station.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Mid-Mar.-Mid-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.
  • 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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