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Awesome Spots to View Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Japan’s cherry blossom season is one of the more awaited festival each year. During spring, the sakura colors come into play, with its delicate pink hues and beautiful blooms, converting many of Japans’ lush tranquil garden into pink picnic festival. To the Japanese, the cherry blossom trees represent the fragility and how life is short but beautiful.

The exquisite blossoms happen only during spring, from mid March to late April of each year. Your Japan itinerary planning should start around 8 weeks before the start of Japan’s spring season to catch early blooming varieties.

To help out with your itinerary, here are some of the most awesome places to catch the blooms in their most beautiful pink hues.


Okinawa is the first place to experience the first blooms of cherry blossoms in all of Japan. The Okinawan cherry blossom kind starts to bloom as early as January and its hue is darker pink. The weather might not be friendly during January but it still is a great time to catch snow, especially in the island of Honshu, and the cherry blossom at the same time.

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Read: Recommended Affordable Places to Stay Around Okinawa

Ueno Park, Tokyo

One of the best spots and with free entrance to the park to view cherry blossoms that’s also within city center of Tokyo. Just get off Ueno Station at the green line and you’re there in the center of the lush park with a thousand varieties of late-blooming cherry blossoms.

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Read: Recommended Affordable Places to Stay Around Tokyo

Hirosaki Park, Hirosaki

Hirosaki Park is one of the best spots to view the more than 4 thousand varieties of cherry blossoms. There is a tranquil small lake where you can rent boats and float thru the drooping branches of cherry blossoms.  Add to that a 400 year old Hirosaki Castle within the same grounds and you get yourself a perfect photo-op! Plus factor is that it is easily accessible to bus stops and a short ride from JR Line Hirosaki Station.

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Read: Recommended Affordable Places to Stay in Hirosaki

Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen is top favorite among visitors because the lush and vast garden features both early blooming variety of cherry blossoms and the late-blooming variety. You can still catch the late-blooming variety even if you come mid-April. Though there is a minimal entrance fee of 200yen, you can enjoy whole day of park, picnic and its peaceful surroundings that you wouldn’t believe its located right in the heart of Tokyo.

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Read: Where to go if you missed the cherry blossoms of Tokyo

Chureito Pagoda, Fuji Five Lakes

Probably the best and also the top favorite spot among seasoned photographers because it also offers the iconic Mount Fuji as its backdrop. Don’t forget to breathe when you get that money shot!

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Read: Recommended Affordable Places to Stay Near Mount Fuji, Japan

Nagoya Castle

Known as one of Japan’s major castles alongside Himeji and Kumamoto, Nagoya Castle is most beautiful during cherry blossoms season late March to mid-April. Precious art treasures are displayed from first to fifth floor of the castle. Stay for the night to view the illuminating cherry blossoms kind.

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Read: Recommended Affordable Places to Stay in Nagoya

Daigo-ji Temple, Kyoto

Daigo-ji Temple is located in the southeastern part of Kyoto and within the grounds of Mount Daigo. Daigo-Ji Temple is registered in the list of World Cultural Heritage Site. Take the hike in the mountain to get a perfect jaw-dropping view of the temple surrounded by more than 700 hundred varieties of cherry blossom.

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Read: Recommended Affordable Places to Stay in Kyoto

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    • Tae
    • February 5, 2017

    Incredible and helpful guide with sweet pics of the blossoms. Maybe stereotypical, but I loooove the sight from Chureito Pagoda and it has to be worth the trip to Japan just for that alone!

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    This is one of my dream trips! I’ve seen the cherry blossoms in D.C. that Japan sent over but I would love to see them in Japan. I need to update my bucket list now!

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    Thanks you. I am starting to save for a trip to Japan and this will come in handy because if possible I would love to visit during Cherry Blossom season. Beautiful photos to start with and it’s good that they are visible in some of the more popular cities like Kyoto and Tokyo.

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    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been to Japan several times but never during the Cherry Blossom season, so I’m going to bookmark this for the next time I visit.

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    I plan to relocate to East Asia soon and have always dreamed of being close to Japan come cheery blossom season. It looks like I might arrive a little too late this year but now can just check out several locations next year!

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    This is such a bucket list worthy thing to do! I visited Japan and loved it, sadly wasn’t there for the cherry blossoms though!

  6. Reply

    This is such a fantastic guide to viewing the cherry blossoms! I caught the end of cherry blossom season in Kyoto over a decade ago and have been wanting to go back to see it in full swing ever since. Definitely saving this post to reference later!

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    What a great list to work our way through. I would head straight to Chureito Pagoda. It looks amazing! Thanks for the guide.

    • Mags
    • February 9, 2017

    I would love to see the cherry blossoms in Japan. They are so delicate and beautiful.

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    So beautiful!!! I’ve seen the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, which truly is so beautiful. But seeing them in Japan seems so awesome. Your photos are so beautiful!

  9. Reply

    So beautiful! I hope to go there one day

  10. Reply

    Another reason why I must visit Japan! Spotted your blog on glt and will definitely keep up with it. I’m a big advocate of solo travel – it makes you realize so much about yourself!

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    It all looms so beautiful! Japan is definitely at the top of my list! Thanks for the info!
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    So pretty! I love Japan & can’t wait to go back – will definitely bookmark this & add this to my list.

  13. Reply

    Awesome! I will go to Tokyo end of March hoping to see a bit of cherry blossom. Thanks for the hints where to go!! #GLT

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