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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.
  • 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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