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Sakura viewing spots expecting blossoming around March 25th
Tokyo Prefecture
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
The garden contains a variety of flowers and plants counting up to several hundred kinds, but the full bloom of 1,500 cherry trees in 75 different kinds is especially outstanding. Few Kanzakura start to blossom in February followed by Edohigan, Someiyoshino, Yamazakura, Oshimazakura in March and the Satozakura - the representative kinds of Shinjuku Gyoen - in April. March to early April when the Someiyoshino
Shinjuku Gyoen
comes into full blossoming is the most crowded season, so if you want to have a slow walk among the flowers mid to late April may be better. There are three gates to enter the park, and the wide area just inside the Shinjuku Gate is a nice place to have a picnic.
Chidorigafuchi Water Park
Many Someiyoshino grow in Chidorigafuchi, the north inner moat of the Imperial Palace. The promenade running through the park along the moat is rich in flower and green and shows seasonal faces throughout the year, but the most impressive is undoubtedly the season of cherry blossoms. On both sides of the street 300 cherry trees form a tunnel of splendid pink for about 400 meters.
Chidorigafuchi
You can also enjoy blossom viewing from the inner moat on rent-a-boat. Nearly 100 cherry trees stretch out their branches towards the water and draw a beautiful silhouette on the water surface.
Sumida Park
Sumida Park has been one of the prominent spots for viewing cherry blossoms since Edo Period. The local residents commonly call the area “cherry of Sumida banks” since the old days. About 600 cherry trees on the Taito Ward side of the river form a splendid tunnel of pink for more than 1km, and on the other side about 450 cherry trees also form a tunnel within the Japanese gardenlike Sumida Park. There are many ways to enjoy
Sumida River and Park
these blossoms, but the best is perhaps to stand on the middle of the bridge and appreciate the beauty on both sides at once. For a number of stalls open up everywhere, you can enjoy the party-mood without having to have to bring anything. The Sakura Festival which holds traditional drum performances and geisha teahouse is held at the peak of blossoming. You can also view the flowers from the river on a boatride.
Ueno Onshi Park
Ueno Park boasts the largest number of people coming to see night blossoms. It has been a major cherry blossom viewing spot for centuries and is sung in a poem by famous Matsuo Basho as “a cloud of flowers”. Most of the 1,300 cherry trees are Someiyoshino kind, but there are also hundreds of other kinds including early to late blossoming trees. There are several noble trees with gorgeous figure or long history,and you can enjoy different kinds of taste in this park.
Ueno Park Yozakura
Koganei Park
Koganei Park situating along Tamagawa Water Supply is the largest prefectural park in Tokyo. There are many more than 2,000 cherry trees in the park and the blossoming is so gorgeous that many say you can’t even see the sky from beneath the thick layer of blossoms. Now the noble “Sakura of Koganei” barely has the remnant of the dignified appearance it once had, but instead the “Sakura Garden” with 480 cherry trees planted as if to carry on the cherry tradition of this park is outstanding. The most characteristic point about this park is perhaps the number of Yamazakura outgrowing that of popular Someiyoshino. Hence, Koganei Park is a good place to visit for those who want to see a different scene of cherry blossoms.
Inokashira Onshi Park
Inokashira Park locating in Kichijoji, a popular place among young people, is usually more of a dating spot but becomes crowded with men and women of all generations at the cherry blossom season. Currently, about 400 Someiyoshino are planted around the Inokashira Pond and puts on blossoms so vivid that the water surface is dyed in pink. You can get the best view from Nanai Bridge spanning the middle of the pond. Rent boats are also available, but you have to be prepared to queue up in a long line. The park is free of charge, but there is a 400-yen admission fee to get into the Shizenbunka-en (park of nature and culture).
Aoyama Cemetary
This cemetary ground with more than 130 years of history has nearly twice the area of Hibiya Park and is the largest cemetary in Tokyo 23 Wards. It may sound a bit immodest to have an ohanami (cherry blossom viewing) at a cemetery, but in reality, as seen in the crowds in Yanaka and Somei cemeteries alongside of Aoyama, cemeteries are quite popular places to view blossoms. Nearly 400 cherry trees vividly color the subtle and profound ground where many famous figures sleep.
Mizumoto Park
Mizumoto Park is the largest water park in Tokyo and on the western side has a bank of nearly 700 cherry trees running as long as 4 kilometers. Other than the “sakura banks” there are about 500 cherry trees scattered around, and the park is a great place to have a picnic.
Asukayama Park
Along with Ueno and Sumida River, Asukayama Park has been a major sakura spot since Edo Period. The land was arranged as a park in 1737 by 8th Shogun Yoshimune with the planting of 1200 Yamazakura, pine and maple trees, so that lay people can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and colored leaves in autumn. Currently, about 500 cherry trees in approximately 20 kinds mostly Someiyoshino and Satozakura blossom in this 27-meter-high hilly park.
Sumida River and Park
Kunitachi - University Street (Daigaku Dori)
On Daigaku Dori stretching out from Kunitachi Station and Sakura Dori crossing with Daigaku Dori, magnificent cherry trees line up for 2.5 kilometers. Most of the 400 cherry trees forming an arch parallel to the streets are more than 60 years old. Sakura Festival is held in early April every year, in which you can enjoy a unique, student-party like mood.
Todoroki Gorge
Todoroki Gorge is one of the very few place in Tokyo where you can still see wild nature, and is the only gorge-formed park in eastern Tokyo. A promenade snaking through the wild woods continue for about 1 kilometer and you can enjoy the cherry blossoms along the path. Since there are many other trees coloring the seasons, there are many wild birds coming to nest and the gorge is also known to be a good bird watching spot.
 
Chiba Prefecture
Konzoji Temple
Konzoji Temple belongs to the Shingon sect, and is located on the west of Takifudo Station. It is also called Takifudo and the statue of Fudo-Myouoh is enshrined here. The surrounding area is natural park where many people come to see the cherry blossoms of 200 Someiyoshino trees in spring.
Naritasan
This park is spreads out around Naritasan Shinshoji, a temple on the southern bank of mid-stream Tone River flowing through northern Chiba. Many visitors to Shinshoji come around to view the cherry blossoms after paying a visit to the temple. There are ponds and waterfalls in the park, and plum blossoms and azalea flowers as well as cherry blossoms.

Shimizu Park
Shimizu Park, registerd as one ot the 100 best chery blossom viewing spots in Japan, has been a popular place to view cherry blossoms since long ago. About 2,000 cherry trees unsparingly stretch out their branches including Someiyoshino and some early/ late-blooming kinds, which allow the visitors to enjoy full blossom for a long time. During the season, a number of street stalls compete in their sales and the park becomes very crowded and cheerful. You can also enjoy night blosssoms until 22:00 for the blossoms are lit up with paper lantern light. May is another time to visit the park, when 20,000 roots of azalea come into full bloom.

 
Kanagawa Prefecture
Kinugasayama Park
Kinugasayama Park is known to be the best spot for hanami in Miura Peninsula, locating on a hill looking out over Yokosuka City. Nearly 2,000 cherry trees including Someiyoshino and Oshimazakura fill up the park from the entrance to the center plaza. The forest of cherry trees began with several hundred trees planted in early 20th century commemorating the victory of Russo-Japan War. There are festivals held from late March, and you can also enjoy night blossom viewing.
Odawara Joshi Park
Odawara City is located at the entrance to Hakone and has developed as a post town. The castle tower of Odawara Castle is rebuilt on the small hill looking out over the city, and in front of it grow 1,000 Someiyoshino trees. The bronze gate is also reconstructed and there is a museum where you can study the history of Odawara.
Sumida River and Park

Ohiradai Hot Springs (Ohiradai Onsen)
Ohiradai Hot Springs is located on the steep hill between Tonosawa and Miyanoshita Hot Springs. The hot spring resort is in a quiet environment and there are many recreation facilities of companies. The cherry trees grow along National Route 1, and also if you stretch your foot out of the hot spring resort you can find brilliant cherry trees along the Hakone Tozan Railway.

 
Shizuoka Prefecture
Miyakodagawa Riverbank
Miyakodagwa River runs near Hosoe, a northern town to Lake Hamanako, and the riverbank carry about 400 cherry trees stretching as long as 300 meter. The contrast between the cherry blossoms on the widespread branches and the water scenery is very pretty.
Sakura-no-sato
Sakura-no-sato spreads out on the foot of Mt.Ohmuro. The park contains 3,000 cherry trees in about 35 different kinds making use of the climate, and here you can appreciate cherry flowers almost all year round except for summer, beginning in September and going on till May. There is also a sakura museum where visitors can get to know more about cherry blossoms.

Fuji Cemetery
The eastern side of Mt.Fuji is a huge cemetery, and on the cemetery ground grow approximately 5,000 cherry trees including very rare kinds. It is a place of scenic beauty having Mt.Fuji to the west, Tanzawa to the north and the outer range of Hakone to the east to south. Among all seasons, the cherry blossoming season is said to have the most fabulous view and the cemetery gets covered with a bright atmosphere unfittingly to a cemetery.

 
Aichi Prefecture
Okazaki Park
This area is the birthplace of the first Tokugawa Shogun Ieyasu, and he expanded his national reign having the base here. More than 2,400 cherry trees along the banks of the river come into full blossom in spring and draws a beautiful scenery against the castle tower.
 
Mie Prefecture
Miyagawa Riverbank
Miyagawa River, flowing through Kii Peninsula out to Ise Bay has been known to be a najor cherry blossom viewing spot since Edo Period. In spring, a gorgeous row of 1,000 cherry trees unveils its beauty for about 1 kilometer. During the Sakura Festival in early April, the blossoms are lit up with electrical and paper lantern lights at night, allowing visitors to enjoy another kind of blossom fascination.
 
Wakayama Prefecture
Kizekkyo
Kizekkyo is a valley designated as a prefectural natural park, and is located about 8 kilometers upstream of Aizu River flowing into Tanabe Bay. In April 2,800 trees in 5 kinds cover up the mountain surface. The scene is so beautiful that you almost forget time.
Chohoji
Chohoji is the home temple of Kishu Tokugawa family and the location of the successive lords of Kishu Domain, and is located 2 kilometers east from Shimotsu Station, on the slope of a mountain. The main temple is a great architecture and is registered as national treasure. The vas temple grounds is known to be a great spot to view cherry blossoms which welcome many people every spring.
Negoroji Temple
This temple at the upper stream of Kinokawa is the head temple of Shingon sect Shingi school, and is also the site where 60,000 Toyotomi soldiers and 10,000 monks of Negoroji opened a fierce battle. With the great support of the Kishu family the temple had be re-built, and now about 5,000 cherry trees boast off their blossoms on the temple grounds.
Sumida River and Park
Dojoji Temple
Dojoji Temple has been known for its “Dojoji-engi” - the tragic love romance between Anchin and Kiyohime - from a long time ago. In addition to the beautiful Botanzakura and Yaezakura cherry trees there is Iriaizakura, an old cherry tree used on kabuki stages.

Shimizu Park
Shimizu Park, registerd as one ot the 100 best chery blossom viewing spots in Japan, has been a popular place to view cherry blossoms since long ago. About 2,000 cherry trees unsparingly stretch out their branches including Someiyoshino and some early/ late-blooming kinds, which allow the visitors to enjoy full blossom for a long time. During the season, a number of street stalls compete in their sales and the park becomes very crowded and cheerful. You can also enjoy night blosssoms until 22:00 for the blossoms are lit up with paper lantern light. May is another time to visit the park, when 20,000 roots of azalea come into full bloom.

Kimiidera Temple
Kimiidera Temple is located on the mountainside of Nagusayama Mountain looking out over Wakaura Bay, and is famous as the second fudasho (a place where you receive/ dedicate Buddhist notes) of the 33 Saigoku Temples. The cherry blossoms are known to be the first to blossom in the Kansai Region, and 1,500 Someiyoshino, 500 Higanzakura, Tokaizakura and weeping cherry trees blossom on the mountain slope. You can find monuments with poems on cherry blossoms here and there in the mountain, including the one read by famous Matsuo Basho.
 
Osaka Prefecture
Nakahama Sewage Plant (Nakahama Gesuido Center)
Around 380 cherry trees are planted and form a tunnel in the precinct of this sewage plant located in Nakahama, Joto Ward. The plant is open to the public only during the blossoming season, and many people in families and groups come to enjoy the blossoms.
Osaka Expo Memorial Park
Osaka Expo Memorial Park has been opened in 1972 as a cultural recreation complex using the site of Osaka Expo held in 1970. More than 5,500 cherry trees are planted in the park, and you can see a fabulous row of cherry blossoms in the wide opening of the natural cultural zone.

Ikukunitama Shrine
Ikukunitama Jinja is an old shrine originally placed on the grounds of where the main palace of Osaka Castle is, and had been relocated to a higher place at the time of the construction of Osaka Castle. Although it has its grounds in the middle of a busy downtown district, it is rich in green and is known to be a place with beautiful cherry blossoms. The night blossoms of Takatsunomiya facing the Shrine are also very famous.

Tosa Inari Shrine
The Shrine used to be the residence of the Yamauchi family of Tosa Domain, and today Tosa Inari is enshrined. The park with a number of cherry trees is near Nishi-Nagahori Station, and attracts many people during the blossoming season stirring up great excitement.
Osaka Nishinomaru Garden
This garden is the only remaining historical park in the city and has rich nature in the vast ground. The main castle tower had been lost in war and natural disasters, but was restored in 1931 into its figure of Edo Period. Centering around the Nishinomaru Park in the west of the Garden, surrounded by the inner and outer moat, more than 4,000 cherry trees stretch out their branches to boast of their beauty.
Sumida River and Park
Sakuranomiya Park
Sakuranomiya Park is a water park spreading along Yodogawa, a river flowing through the city. Having a sports complex, garden and promenade, the park is a popular relaxation and recreation spot among local residents. In spring the 3,000 Someiyoshino on both banks of Okawa turns pink and entertains the visitors with the spring-view of the riverscape.
Shirokita Park
Shirokita Park is the only spot in Osaka City for viewing Japanese Iris. It is a park using the former canal on the south bank of Yodogawa River, and has a pond and a tennis court besides the iris and cherry flowers.
Satsukiyama Park
The greens of Satsukiyama hill spreads out in the vast ground of the park. Driving routes and promenades cut through the large park and observatories are set on many parts of the roads. 5,000 cherry trees including Someiyoshino, Yamazakura and Yaezakura blossom here and there in the park and the hill turns into a heap of vivid pink in the blossoming season.
The Sakura Tunneling
For about 580 meters from the South Gate on the Yodogawa side to the North Gate of the Japan Mint Bureau stretch out 400 cherry trees in nearly 100 kinds. The tunneling is open to the public for only one week in mid April. Most of the trees are Satozakura kind, but you can also enjoy very rare kinds including Otemari, Kodemari and Benitemari. The blossoms are lit up at night providing a marvelous view.
 
Hyogo Prefecture
Kobe Oji Zoo
Kobe Oji Zoo is built on the site of 1950 Kobe Expo. In the zoo next to the sports park with track&field and gymnasium, 800 cherry trees are planted being one of the major spots in the city to view cherry blossoms. Many families coming to enjoy sports stop by to appreciate the pretty blossoms.
Shukugawa Park
Shukugawa River flows on the northern side of Nishinomiya, the land of Nada liquor. Along the banks of Shukugawa, cherry trees stretch out as to arch over the river for as long as 2.5 kilometers. On the upper stream is Kitayama Park which is another famous spot for blossom viewing.
Suwayama Park
Suwayama Park is a park built on the 160-meter-high Suwayama mountain at the north of Hyogo Prefectural Government building. There are many cherry trees and in spring you can enjoy cherry blossoms while driving, for they are planted along the road. The views from Venus Bridge and Venus Observatory (Kinsei Kansokudai) are especially excellent.

Takarazuka Path of Blossoms (Takarazuka Hana-no-michi)
The Hana-no-michi is the path connecting Takarazuka Family Land and Takarazuka Grand Theatre and Bow Hall. The center divider of the street is made a level higher than the street and a row of 2,000 cherry trees continue. In full blossoming season, the cherry blossoms welcome visitors with the grand atmosphere of the pompous stages of Takarazuka.

 
Kagawa Prefecture
Kotohiki Park
In the west of Kanonji City lies the vast grounds of Kotohiki Park covering Mt.Kotohiki. Almost 500 Someiyoshino cherry trees continue to grow for 600 meters. As you climb the promenade up to the observatory at the top of the hill, you can get a grand view of the huge sand art of Kan-ei-tsu-ho coin. Kotohiki is also the 69th fudasho of the Shikoku Hallow Grounds.
 
Ehime Prefecture
Sekijiike Park
Uwa is a historical town and is also the birthplace of Ine, Siebold's daughter and Japan's first female doctor. Around Sekijiike Pond completed in 1645 grow 1,000 cherry trees including Someiyoshino and Botanzakura, and the Sakura Festival gets crowded with not only local people but visitors coming from all over Japan.
Shiroyama Park
Shiroyama Park spread out on the site of Ohzu Castle, along the flow of Hijikawa River. Although the castle is mostly destroyed, several cultural assets still remain on the castle grounds. The park is very rich in nature, creating a beautiful blend of pink and green.

Matsuyama Castle Ruins
Matsuyama Castle stands on the top of Katsuyama Mountain located in the center of Matsuyama City, the stage of the famous novel Botchan. The three-layered white chalk castle tower is now the symbol of Matsuyama, and with the fan-shaped stonewalls the elegant figure of the castle can be seen from all angles. The surrounding area is Matsuyama Park where you can visit by a ropeway. The park is known among the local people as a spot for blossom-viewing and night blossoms are equally beautiful.

 
Yamaguchi Prefecture
Hagi Castle Ruins
Hagi is a city which still retains the castle-town atmosphere from the old days. Hagi Castle founded by the Mori Family has only the base now, and the site has turned into Shizuki Park. The cherry trees here have been called Sembon-zakura (a thousand cherry) from long ago, and a mixture of old and younfg cherry trees mostly Someiyoshino blossom at once boasting off their beauty.
Tokiwa Park
Tokiwa Park is a general leisure complex centering around Lake Tokiwako containing rich nature and art in its 188ha-large-grounds. There are more than 3,000 cherry trees blossoming in spring, Japanese iris blooming in early summer and chrysanthemum coloring up the park in autumn. In addition, you can see swans elegantly gliding on the surface of the lake. Nearly 1,100 kinds of trees and flowers grow inside the park and for the beauty of the numerous cherry blossoms the park has been included in one hundred spots to view cherry blossoms. Sakura Festival is held every first Sunday of April.
 
Fukuoka Prefecture
Maizuru Park
What used to be Fukuokajo Castle now only leaves its stonewalls and fosse. The view from the hilltop observatory is very beautiful looking out over the entire city. There are about 1,000 cherry trees growing in the park, which in spring put on flamboyant blossoms.
Kokura Castle
The current 4-story-5-layered castle tower standing on top of the high stonewalls in the middle of the ciry was restored in 1959. The surrounding area is Katsuyama Park, a popular recreation and relaxation area for local people. The number of cherry trees is rather small, as there are only about 200 of them, but they brilliantly color up the park in full blossoming season.

Nishi Park
Nishi Park is known to be the best place for cherry blossom-viewing and the 1,400 trees include many kinds such as Someiyoshino, Yamazakura, Oshimazakura, Shidarezakura and Yaezakura. From the Aratsu Observatory sticking out to Hakata Bay, you can get a spectacular view not only of the cherry blossoms but also oceanviews of Genkainada and Umino Nakamichi ('Umi-naka' a huge sand reef). Cherry blossoms in a flourishing town have a unique taste.

 
Saga Prefecture
Ogi Park
Ogi Park is located about 500 meters north of Ogi Station. It is a garden made by the Ogi Domain Lord and is one of the best places in this district to view cherry blossoms. In the park, nearly 3,000 cherry trees create a wonderful scenery together with the green grass and the traditional garden.
 
Nagasaki Prefecture
Shimabara Castle
Shimabara Castle was built in the orders of Matsukura Shigemasa taking as much as 7 years, and is a historically famous place as the center of opression of Christianity in Japan. Besides the marvelous view of the numerous cherry trees blossoming along the moat in spring, the view from the castle tower looking out over the townscape of Shimabara and Ariake Bay is also very impressive.
Omura Park
Omura Park is located on Kushimazaki, a cape sticking out on Omura Bay. 1,500 Someiyoshino start to blossom in late March followed by 500 Yaezakura in April. 300 trees of national natural monument Omurazakura grow here as well. The blossoms of Omurazakura look like double-layering the blossoms of Yaezakura, and the number of petals on each blossom counts up to 200.
 
Oita Prefecture
Historical Site, Ruins of Oka Castle
Oka Castle is the model castle for Taki Rentaro's music Kojo no tsuki ("The Moon over the Ruined Castle") and is placed inside a park. Stonewalls are piled up high on the valley along the river, and from the top you can see Mt. Hoshiyama. About 2,000 cherry trees are scattered inside the park and glamorously colors up the castle ruins.
 
Kumamoto Prefecture
Kumamoto Castle
Along with Osaka and Nagoya Castles, Kumamoto Castle has been known as one of the Three Major Castles of Japan, with a dignified figure sitting on the hill Chausuyama in the middle of the city. The inside of the castle is designed with abundant nature and is very popular. During the blossiming season the lights show the elegance of cherry blossoms against the dark sky.
 
Miyazaki Prefecture
Mochio Park
Mochio Park spreads out on the mild hillside west of Toshiro City and for 2 kilometers the cherry trees line up from the foot up the hill to Mochio. Alongside of 2,600 cherry trees includinf Someiyoshino and Yaezakura, there are also azalea and cluster-amaryllis planted on the park grounds. The Sakura Festival is held every year from late March to early April, attracting a number of visitors. Mochio Shrine is placed on top of the hill and the view from here is especially wonderful.
 
Kagoshima Prefecture
Iso Garden
Iso Garden, also known as Sengen-en, has been made by Shimazu Domain Lord Shimazu Mitsuhisa. The garden is made with fine design and has a refined taste, using Kinko Bay to resemble the pond and Sakurajima Island as the miniature mountain of the garden. The architecture inside the garden is also very beautiful. In spring, the cherry blossoms create a marvelous view blending in with Kinko Bay and Sakurajima.
Tadamoto Park
Tadamoto Park is located in the center of the city and includes the shrine which enshrines the castle lord of Oguchi Castle. Local residents have commonly called the park as "Sakura no Tadamoto" (Tadamoto of cherry blossoms) since the Meiji Period, however the cherry trees had been cut down during the War. After the war was over, people started to plant trees again and the cherry wood has now revived with 1,000 trees stretching as long as 2 km. The blossoms have another refined touch when they're lit up with paper lantern light at night.

Imutaike
Imutaike is a large crater lake surrounded by a mountain range consisted of 500-meter-high mountains. Nearly 2,000 cherry trees grow along the 4km-long lakeshore where there is also a promenade. There is a hot spring resort nearby, and you can also enjoy outdoor leisure such as cycling.

 

 
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