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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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