What are the cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan?

07:45 03/07/2024

When it comes to Japan, one must remember the cherry blossoms, right? The end of March and early April is one of the most beautiful times of the year when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom from south to north of Japan.

Walking along the streets immersed in shades of pink and white, you feel like strolling through a fairy tale.So, do you know about Japan's most beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots? GoEMON is here today to introduce you to some stunning locations where you can admire cherry blossoms!

  1. Goryokaku Park (Hokkaido)

Known for its European-style architecture in the city of Hakodate, Goryokaku Park attracts thousands of tourists both domestically and internationally. The park is adorned with around 1600 cherry blossom trees. Visitors can take a stroll or have a picnic under the cool shade of cherry blossoms. 

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Additionally, the Goryokaku observation tower is a popular location, offering a panoramic view of the park bathed in sweet pink and white hues. You can explore the park both during the day and at night when it is illuminated for everyone to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

  1. Hirosaki Park (Aomori)

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Hirosaki Park boasts over 300 Yoshino cherry trees, some of which are over 100 years old. The park features a beautiful network of water ponds with cherry blossom-lined paths, creating a picturesque and enchanting scene when the cherry blossoms bloom. From late April to early May, the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival takes place, providing an opportunity to enjoy the cherry blossoms and savor local delicacies. The festival runs from 23rd April to 6th May, with activities scheduled from 9 am to 9 pm each day.

  1. Shiroishigawa Tsuzumihitome Senbon Sakura (Miyagi)

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This cherry blossom-lined riverside path is a must-visit spot during the cherry blossom season. Along the Shiraishi River, cherry blossoms compete to bloom, with the Zao mountains in the background still covered in lingering snow. You can enjoy the blossoms by taking a boat ride, costing around 1500 yen for adults and 800 yen for students. Alternatively, you can walk along the riverbank or stand on the bridge to admire the blooming cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom festival here is held from early to mid-April.

  1. Odawara Castle (Kanagawa)

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Odawara Castle is a great option where you can experience historical architecture while enjoying cherry blossoms in full bloom. With approximately 350 Yoshino cherry trees facing toward the castle, you can witness the splendid beauty of the surroundings.

These are four locations that GoEMON wants to introduce to you. Consider choosing a destination that suits your schedule.