Cherry Blossom Season Has Arrived!
Japan’s Top 5 Places to View Cherry Blossoms!

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You can enjoy the different colors of the four seasons in Japan, but the cherry blossom (Sakura) season is particularly a sight to behold.

Although the period to enjoy the cherry blossoms is short, you can extend this time if you plan ahead and travel to different the different cherry blossom spots around the country.

Here, we will introduce the top five spots where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the cherry blossoms in Japan.

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1. Maruyama Park | Hokkaido

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Enjoy delicious lamb and beautiful cherry blossoms.

In Hokkaido, Maruyama Park is a famous place to view cherry blossoms. There are about 150 beautiful cherry blossom trees here, but there is also one other attractive quality that is unique to this park.

With easy access to the subway, Maruyama Park is crowded with many people visiting to see the cherry blossoms. But it is in this park where you can have a delicious lamb BBQ while enjoying the beautiful cherry blossoms around you, truly a fantastic experience and a reason to visit this park.

【Best time to visit】
Early May to Mid May

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2. Meguro River | Tokyo

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Beautiful harmony of cherry blossoms, lanterns, and a river

Meguro River in Tokyo is a place that is known for its cherry blossoms.
About 800 Yoshino cherry trees fill Meguro River’s 4 km with vibrant colors and beauty when in full bloom.

During the daytime, the natural light from the sun and the cherry blossom trees form a gentle pink tunnel. However, at night, the trees are lit up by lanterns and come to life in the darkness. Seeing the vast difference in the ambiance between daytime and nighttime is a unique quality that you can experience at Meguro River.

You can also take a cruise on Meguro River, enjoying the cherry blossoms in full bloom with all your senses, as the bright pink petals flutter around your body.

【Best time to visit】
Mid March to Late March

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3. Arakurayama Sengen Park | Mt. Fuji

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Enjoy the beautiful view of cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji together

Consisting of cherry blossoms, Mt. Fuji, and the Shinto shrine tower (5-storied pagoda), Arakurayama Sengen Park is the only scenic spot in Japan where you can capture Japan’s proud scenery and symbols at the same time.

At an altitude of 800 meters, there are about 650 Yoshino cherry trees that bloom slightly later here than the cherry blossoms in the city centers.Here, Arakurayama Sengen Park is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Japan and has been featured on the cover pages of the following guide books: Michelin, Green Guide, and Japon.

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery that is a perfect combination of the bright pink cherry blossoms, deep red pagoda tower, pure white snow of Mt. Fuji, and the vast blue sky in this one-of-a-kind place.

【Best time to visit】
Late March to Mid April

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4. Haradani-en Garden | Kyoto

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A new experience in an area wrapped in natural colors

In Kyoto, there are plenty of areas with cherry blossoms, but many local people recommend Haradani-en Garden as a once in a lifetime place to visit.
Boasting a breathtaking scenery, there are over 200 types of cherry blossoms and over 400 cherry blossom trees that bloom in this garden, and you can experience yourself being wrapped around the beautiful colors of nature.

Amazingly, this place is privately owned land. While visiting, visitors can see and experience the delicate care and upkeep that is necessary to keep the garden beautifully maintained.

If you come to Japan, visit this magical place and experience first-hand this alluring place in person.

【Best time to visit】
Early April to Mid April

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5. Fukuoka Castle | Fukuoka

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Traveling through time with cherry blossoms and Fukuoka Castle

Fukuoka Castle is located in a large park called Maizuru Park.
About 1,000 cherry trees of 18 different varieties grow in the park and are lit up from early dusk to the late evening. During this time, the beauty of the park grows and the mesmerizing world spreads and shines throughout the dark night.

The cherry blossoms reflected in the moat are also beautiful and with Fukuoka Castle standing indistinctly at end of your line of sight, it makes you feel like you slipped back in time and stand in the area as a samurai in the Edo period. During the “Cherry Blossom Festival”, there are many stalls in the park, and you can enjoy viewing these exquisite cherry blossoms while feasting on local Fukuoka food.

【Best time to visit】
Late March to Early April

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