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.
Tohoku | Aomori | Hirosaki
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.
Hokkaido | Hakodate
A star shaped fortress that was built to defend against foreign threats in the mid-1850s.
Kansai | Hyogo | Himeji
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.
Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City
Heian Shrine was built to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the capital’s foundation and is dedicated to Emperor Kammu and Emperor Komei.
Kansai | Shiga | Hikone
Hikone Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and was constructed over a 20 year period.
Chubu | Aichi | Inuyama
Inuyama Castle is one of the original 12 remaining Castles of Japan located in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture.
Kansai | Osaka | Osaka City
Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, but after being destroyed and rebuilt many times it was converted into a modern museum.
Chubu | Ishikawa | Kanazawa
Kenrokuen Garden is one of Japan’s top 3 landscape gardens and is located outside of Kanazawa Castle.
Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula
Atami Cherry Blossoms
Atami Cherry Blossom starts in early January and ends around late February.
Kansai | Kyoto | Uji
Uji River Cherry Blossom Viewing Cruise
The best way to view cherry blossom in Spring.
Kanto | Tokyo | Northern Tokyo
Ueno Park is one of the most popular and crowded spots during the cherry blossom season in Tokyo.
Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City
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.
Kanto | Kanagawa | Odawara
Odawara Castle was built in the mid-15th century and was the residence of the Hojo Clan during the Sengoku Period.
Chubu | Aichi | Nagoya
Nagoya Castle is a famous Japanese castle located in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
Chugoku | Shimane | Matsue
The Matsue Castle is renowned for being one of the twelve original standing castles in Japan, and for its elegant black exterior.