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There’s something magical about spring. It’s not too warm or cold, making the perfect time to walk to local parks and breathe in the fresh air. The beautiful flowers and trees begin to bloom; pink, whites and even blues. It’s the perfect time to become one with Mother Nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Regardless if you plan to visit Tokyo or other parts of Japan, here are some must-see spring destinations in Japan where you can enjoy ‘hanami’, cherry blossom viewing!
Ueno Park, by far, the most popular destination in Tokyo for hanami, holds over 1,000 cherry blossom trees that bloom every single year in their delicate pinks. Take a stroll down the park, visit the Ueno Park Zoo and eat from the several delicious eateries around the area. It’s a picture perfect moment for you and a friend.
Nearest Airport: Tokyo (Haneda/Narita)
Ever dreamt of taking a boat trip surrounded by cherry blossoms all around? Then you won’t want to miss a visit to the Himeji Castle in Kinki. Known for its imposing size and beauty, the Himeji Castle is a highly popular cherry blossom spot during the short and crowded blooming season. The best times to visit fall in early April! So don’t wait any longer, time is running out!
Nearest Airport: Kobe /Osaka
Fort Goryokaku known for
After losing its military importance, it was eventually turned into a public park in the 1910s. Over one thousand cherry trees were planted along its moats, making it one of Hokkaido's best cherry blossom spots. The peak of the blooming season usually takes place around early May.
Nearest Airport: Hakodate
Known as one of Japans’ three most beautiful landscape gardens, Kenrokuen opened its spacious grounds to the public in 1871. The garden features a variety of trees each season. Although beautiful year-round, Kenrokuen is perfect during its
Nearest Airport: Komatsu
Last but most certainly not least is the Asahiyama Shinrin Park, known for its large scale cherry blossom trees, the park holds over 2,000 cherry blossom trees that are planted to spread over the bridge and roads of the park. An observatory in the area allows
Nearest Airport: Takamatsu