Popular Cherry Blossoms Places

Hi Travel Buddies,

If you are planning to travel to Japan during the coming cherry blossoms season, be sure you know where are the popular viewing spots for that picture perfect shot.

One of our top picks is Matsumae Park in Hokkaido where there are 250 different kinds of cherry trees in the park, blooming one after another for around one month.  So if you are planning to a trip to Hokkaido in May, make sure you make a point to visit this park.

*** Shinjuku Gyoen Early April
  10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station, 200 yen, 9:00 to 16:30
** Ueno Park Early April
  A few steps from Ueno Station, no admission fee
** Chidorigafuchi Early April
  Kudanshita Station
  No admission fee
* Sumida Park Early April
  A few steps from Asakusa Station
  No admission fee
* Sankeien Garden Early April
  10-25 min bus ride from Negishi or Sakuragicho Stations
  500 yen, 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
* Mitsuike Park (Mitsuike Koen) Early April
  Mitsuike Koen Kitamon bus stop (city bus number 104 from Shin-Yokohama or Tsurumi Stations). Admission: Free
** Northern Shores of Kawaguchiko Mid April
  15-25 minutes by retro bus from Kawaguchiko Station
** Chureito Pagoda Mid April
  15-20 minute walk from Shimo-Yoshida Station
  Admission: Free
** Yamazakigawa Riverside Early April
  10 minute walk from Mizuho-Undojo-Higashi Station
  Admission: Free
* Nagoya Castle Early April
  Short walk from Shiyakusho-mae Station
  500 yen, 9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
*** Philosopher’s Path Early April
  Between Ginkakuji and Nanzenji Temples
  No admission fee
** Maruyama Park Early April
  Next to Yasaka Shrine
  No admission fee
** Arashiyama Early April
  Northwest of central Kyoto
  No admission fee
** Heian Shrine Mid April
  Behind the main building
  600 yen, 8:30 to 17:30
*** Kema Sakuranomiya Park Early April
  Sakuranomiya Station (JR Loop Line)
  No admission fee
** Osaka Castle Early April
  Osaka Castle Park
  No admission fee (except Nishinomaru Garden)
** Expo 70 Commemorative Park Early April
  Banpaku Kinen Koen Station (Osaka Monorail)
  250 yen, 9:30 to 17:00 (until 21:00 for light up)
** Osaka Mint Bureau Mid April
  10 minute walk from Temmabashi Station
  Free, opened to the public during only one week
* Nara Park Early April
  Starts a five minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station
  Admission: Free
* Hiroshima Peace Park Early April
  Next to Genbaku Domu Mae tram stop
  No admission fee (Peace Museum: 50 yen, 8:30 to 18:00)
** Miyajima Early April
  45 minutes by train and ferry from Hiroshima Station
** Miharu Takizakura Mid April
  Miharu Town near Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture
** Kakunodate Late April to Early April
  Akita Prefecture
*** Hirosaki Castle Late April to Early April
  Aomori Prefecture
** Goryokaku Fort Early to mid May
  Hakodate City
** Matsumae Park Early to mid May
  Matsumae Town
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