The annual cherry blossom season or Hanami is probably the best thing that locals and tourists look forward to every year! Here’s our take on the best places to catch these gorgeous blooms in Japan this season.
Estimated dates: 23 March – 3rd April 2017
Fukuoka is located at the Northern Japan and is famous for its majestic temples that double up as and perfect viewing spots during hanami!
The best part about spending hanami in Fukuoka is that popular viewing spots like the Fukuoka Castle and Atago Shrine are free for all, so visit early to secure the best spot!
Estimated dates: 27 March – 4 April 2017
During hanami, Kyoto’s famous cobbled stone walkways such as The Philosopher’s Path at Higashiyama are showered with rosy cherry blossom petals and are ever so ready to have you donning the Kimono and walking along its streets, snapping about a thousand pictures as you go along!
Estimated dates: 21 April – 3rd May 2017
Aomori is filled with beautiful parks that transform into something even more breathtaking during the Cherry Blossom season. Besides the beautiful lake in front of Hirosaki Castle, Lake Ashino in Ashino Park is home to friendly critters like deer that will make your experience all the more enjoyable!
Don’t miss an afternoon rowing your own boat down the lake amidst the falling flowers!
Estimated dates: 28 March – 5 April 2017
Cherry blossom viewing in Nara can often be quite the gamble – on some years the season lasts a mere few days, but on others it can last up to months!
Nonetheless Nara Deer Park is always a good idea with tons of furry companions adding to the beautifully surreal image of Nara in cherry blossom season.
Estimated dates: 23 March – 2 April 2017
The very famous Nagoya Castle has undoubtedly been one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots not only in Nagoya but the whole of Japan and for a very good reason – there are over ten different kinds of cherry trees housed there, including the very rare Gyoiko, which is known for its green blooms!
Estimated dates: 28 March – 4 April 2017
Osaka has over 5000 sakura trees planted all over the city, and although Osaka Castle may be the most recommended viewing spot, this viewing spot by the Tempozan Ferris Wheel just takes the cake!
Estimated dates: 30 April – 4 May 2017
Just like Sapporo, Hakodate’s cherry trees bloom in the early days of May. The best place to experience the beautiful colours would have to be at Hakodate Park, where over 400 cherry blossoms bloom.
There’s also an amusement park and a small zoo, so what’s not to visit?
Estimated dates: 25 March – 3rd April 2017
Japan’s city of Hiroshima boasts a handful of historical sites and shrines that’ll complement your cherry blossom-themed Instagram post well. The most famous viewing spot would have to be the Miyajima, where if you’re lucky, you might even catch a few deer there!
Estimated dates: 4 May – 8 May 2017
In Sapporo, Cherry Blossoms bloom a little later than the other parts of Japan, often in the early days of May. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, head to the former Hokkaido Government Office, which offers aesthetically pleasing photo-ops!
Estimated Dates: 22 March – 1 April 2017
Tokyo definitely isn’t shy with its cherry blossom viewing spots. And in the beautiful Meguro Canal, situated in one of Japan’s hippiest districts, Nakameguro, cherry blossom viewing is never complete without a visit to the nearby cafes and restaurants for a cup of coffee or two!