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Japan Cherry Blossom Guide 2018: Forecast, Locations

Japan Cherry Blossom Guide 2018: Forecast, Locations

It’s spring in a few months so here’s a short guide on when and where to see Japan’s beautiful cherry blossoms this 2018.

Tokyo

Best viewing dates: March 31 to April 8

Best viewing location: Meguro River, Showa Kinen Park

With over 800 sakura trees, Meguro River is easily one of Tokyo’s best viewing spots for the cherry blossom season. Unlike popular tourist spots, this long line of cherry trees are free from large crowds and groups of tourists.

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Fukuoka

Best viewing dates: April 1 to 9

Best viewing location: Fukuoka Castle

If tickets are all sold out for Tokyo on the last week of March, try to visit Fukuoka instead for some cherry blossom sightseeing. It’s one of Tokyo’s most populated and urban areas as well as a popular place for food and nightlife.


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Nagoya

Best viewing dates: April 2 to 10

Best viewing location: Nagoya Castle

Nagoya is one of Japan’s more chill places to be in. Most people just visit Nagoya for very specific things like the Tokyo Commemorative Museum or certain foods that originated here. But if you find yourself in Nagoya during the first week of April, be sure to stop by Nagoya Castle for the best unobstructed view of Japan’s beautiful cherry blossom trees.


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Osaka

Best viewing dates: April 3 to 11

Best viewing locations: Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Expo 70 Commemorative Park

Include sakura viewing in your Osaka itinerary this year! You might even want to taste some cherry blossom mochi (sakuramochi) being sold at hanami parties all around town.


IMAGE Miki Yoshihito via Flickr

Kyoto

Best viewing dates: April 3 to 11

Best viewing location: Arashiyama

You’ll see cherry blossoms almost everywhere in Kyoto. But if you’re a total nature lover looking for a peaceful place for viewing, try going to Arashiyama early in the morning. And don’t forget to check out Arashiyama’s bamboo forest while you’re there. Once it’s late, you’re going to have to deal with a bunch of crowds!


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Yokohama

Best viewing dates: April 4 to 12

Best viewing location: Sankeien Garden

Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city and is located just less than an hour away from Tokyo. Sankeien Garden, built by silk trader Hara Sankei, is a traditional Japanese-style garden that dates way back to the early 1900’s. It is now one of, if not the, most popular tourist destination in Yokohama. It’s also a great place to view cherry blossoms at night.


IMAGE Yokohama Official Visitor’s Guide

Nara

Best viewing dates: April 6 to 14

Best viewing location: Mount Yoshino

Mount Yoshino boasts a unique view of Japan’s cherry blossom trees. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a panoramic view of over 30,000 cherry trees. It is quite the trip but there are shuttle buses to take you up the mountain slope near Chikurin-in Temple for 360 yen one way.


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Fukushima

Best viewing dates: April 13 to 20

Best viewing location: Hanamiyama

Hanamiyama started out as a place where farmers could grow ornamental flowers and trees. As time passed by, it slowly became a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing in Fukushima. Different kinds of cherry trees line Hanamiyama so you won’t just see the usual light pink colors. Bright pink, pale yellow, and even white blossoms cover the park throughout the whole cherry blossom season.


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Sapporo

Best viewing dates: May 5 to 12

Best viewing location: Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park is Sapporo’s most popular spot for cherry blossom viewing and hanami parties. 60,000 square meters of oak, katsura, magnolia, maple, and Hokkaido wild cherry trees welcome visitors every single year but mostly in the spring. Most of their crowds are during the cherry blossom season but it’s all worth it once you see the blossoming of these beautiful trees.

It’s modeled after the Maruyama Park in Kyoto which is also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot there.


IMAGE Maruyama Park Sapporo

 

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Abby graduated with a Communication degree focusing on film and sound production. She's often seen taking photos of food and places whether it's with her phone or a simple camera, and has an affinity for pink and earth tones. Clothed with a passionate soul, she writes about anything she can overshare about.

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