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Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms in Japan have been a major attraction for tourists. The most common question people ask is “when is the cherry blossom season?” It is an easy yet difficult answer because it depends on the area we are talking about. The earliest you can see sakura (cherry blossom) would be in late January. The great allure of the flower is the short blooming period it has. It is popular amongst the Buddhist belief of impermanence and the beauty of life before it ends. There are many varieties of the flower that have been introduced into Japan. The most common one people will see are the Somei Yoshino variety which are almost white with pink hues and five petals.

photo of Cherry blossoms in Japan


photo of Hirosaki Castle

Tohoku | Aomori | Hirosaki

Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and is a place famous for its botanical gardens as well as the cherry blossom trees.

photo of Goryokaku Fort

Hokkaido | Hakodate

Goryokaku Fort

A star shaped fortress that was built to defend against foreign threats in the mid-1850s.

photo of Matsumae Castle

Hokkaido | Matsumae

Matsumae Castle

Matsumae Castle is only Japanese style castle to have been established on Hokkaido.

photo of Matsumae Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Hokkaido | Matsumae

Matsumae Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Most popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Hokkaido with over ten thousand cherry trees.

photo of Himeji Castle

Kansai | Hyogo | Himeji

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best examples of a preserved castle ground.

photo of Heian Shrine

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine was built to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the capital’s foundation and is dedicated to Emperor Kammu and Emperor Komei.

photo of Gotemba Peace Park

Kanto | Kanagawa | Hakone

Gotemba Peace Park

The Gotemba Peace Park has a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji in the distance and is part of Gotemba City.

photo of Hikone Castle

Kansai | Shiga | Hikone

Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and was constructed over a 20 year period.

photo of Inuyama Castle

Chubu | Aichi | Inuyama

Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle is one of the original 12 remaining Castles of Japan located in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture.

photo of Nijo Castle

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle was the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu and was the imperial palace for a time before it was donated.

photo of Osaka Castle

Kansai | Osaka | Osaka City

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, but after being destroyed and rebuilt many times it was converted into a modern museum.

photo of Kenrokuen Garden

Chubu | Ishikawa | Kanazawa

Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden is one of Japan’s top 3 landscape gardens and is located outside of Kanazawa Castle.

photo of The Osaka Mint Bureau

Kansai | Osaka | Osaka City

The Osaka Mint Bureau

The Osaka Mint Bureau is not only responsible for the supply of coins in Japan, but has over 300 cherry blossom trees on its premises.

photo of Atami Cherry Blossoms

Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula

Atami Cherry Blossoms

Atami Cherry Blossom starts in early January and ends around late February.

photo of Uji River Cherry Blossom Viewing Cruise

Kansai | Kyoto | Uji

Uji River Cherry Blossom Viewing Cruise

The best way to view cherry blossom in Spring.

photo of Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula

Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

The Kawazu Cherry Blossom attracts more than 1.5 million visitors, who attend the annual festival.

photo of Ueno Park

Kanto | Tokyo | Northern Tokyo

Ueno Park

Ueno Park is one of the most popular and crowded spots during the cherry blossom season in Tokyo.

photo of Maruyama Park

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park is a public park that becomes a popular spot for cherry blossom hanami (flower viewing) in April. It is located next to the Yasaka Shrine in the south eastern part of Kyoto.

photo of Shinjuku Gyoen

Kanto | Tokyo | Western Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is located close to Shinjuku Station and features three different landscape gardens.

photo of Odawara Castle

Kanto | Kanagawa | Odawara

Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle was built in the mid-15th century and was the residence of the Hojo Clan during the Sengoku Period.

photo of Nagoya Castle

Chubu | Aichi | Nagoya

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle is a famous Japanese castle located in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

photo of Philosopher's Path

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Philosopher's Path

The Philosopher’s Path is a stone walkway in the northern part of Higashiyama District that follows a canal lined with hundreds of cherry blossoms.

photo of Ho-Taiko Hanami Gyoretsu

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Ho-Taiko Hanami Gyoretsu

Ho-Taiko Hanami Gyoretsu" (Toyotomi Hideyoshi's cherry blossom-viewing parade) is held on the second Sunday of every April.

photo of Matsue Castle

Chugoku | Shimane | Matsue

Matsue Castle

The Matsue Castle is renowned for being one of the twelve original standing castles in Japan, and for its elegant black exterior.

photo of Kintaikyo Bridge

Chugoku | Yamaguchi | Iwakuni

Kintaikyo Bridge

The landmark of Iwakuni City and one of the greatest bridges of Japan located in Yamaguchi Prefecture.