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Cherry Blossoms Festivals Hotspots

Cherry blossoms are definitely the top attraction in Japan that fascinate visitors from all around the world. The charming pink flowers start flourishing from late March to mid April across Japan, usually from southern to northern parts of Japan (depending on the temperature) and numbers of cherry blossoms festivals are held across the country. Don’t miss the best time to see the beautiful cherry blossoms this spring!
The best place to see the cherry blossoms in Japan
You’ll find sakura hotspots in over 1,000 locations across the country so picking the best can prove tricky.
1. Yoshino
It’s probably Japan’s most famous cherry-bloom destination, where a carpet of blushing blooms cascade the mountainsides.
2. Maruyama Park
The star of its show is a huge tree, whose blossom-fringed branches bow towards the ground. It’s illuminated in the evening from dusk until midnight, which is well worth sticking around for. Mount Yishino is a worthy pilgrimage, covered in over 30,000 cherry trees.
3. Himeji Castle
Head here during full bloom for its striking white wooden walls that provide the perfect backdrop for the 1,000 cherry trees bursting into life around it.
4. Fuji Five Lakes
These stunning lakes come with the backdrop of Mount Fuji. For a more relaxing experience, visit the volcanic island of Honshu and loll in bubbling hot spring style with silky petals swirling all around.
5. Hirosaki Castle
Possibly the prettiest spot for cherry blossom viewing, this ancient three-story castle is surrounded by a fortified moat and a huge blossom-filled park that hosts illuminations in the evenings.
6. Ueno Park
Japan’s cutting-edge, cosmopolitan capital isn’t all sleek high-risers and robot bars. It’s brimming with pretty parks, immaculate gardens and riverside promenades – many of which become home to cherry blossom festivals. One of the most popular spots in the city, and one where trees tend to bloom, is Ueno Park, home to over 1,000 cherry blossom trees, as well as plenty of museums, shrines and ponds.
7. Maruyama Park
If Tokyo’s the epitome of modern; Kyoto’s the essence of tradition. Ancient teahouses rub shoulders with elaborate temples, while geisha scurry between the two on route to secret liaisons. Try Maruyama Park, where the main event is a tall shidarezakura weeping cherry tree illuminated at night, or the Philsopher’s Path – a canal path lined with hundreds of cherry trees.
8. Laki Ashi
While the coastal city of Kamakura is known for its sandy beaches in summer, spring offers plenty of backdrops for your cherry blossom snaps – from huge bronze Buddha’s basking in the sun to the iconic Mount Fuji making an appearance as you sail along the tranquil waters of Lake Ashi.
9. Matsumae Park
Matsumae Park quietly shelters historical carvings in a clutch of temples: the swaying of cherry blossom ensuring the serenity of the Buddhist artefacts. Two hundred and fifty varieties of blossom stretch long into the season, their wooden name tags claiming their time in the spotlight, joined by the castle prettily illuminated as dusk descends.
10. Lake Kawaguchiko
The hot spring resort town of Lake Kawaguchiko is the second largest of Fuji’s five lakes. Arrive early morning to gaze up through the mist at majestic Mount Fuji framed through the rose coloured spectacle of the glorious blossoms, fluttering gently along the northern shores of the lapping lake.
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