From the beautiful sakura trees to hanami picnics and petal-covered shrines,
there's nothing quite like cherry blossom season in Japan!
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Get the most out of sakura season at these amazing hanami spots
Wander the streets of Magome-juku, historical Edo Period post town on the Nakasendo route, visit the old-fashioned wooden houses and theater, then enjoy cherry blossoms on a cycle ride through the unspoiled nature of Kashimo, Nakatsugawa.Explore Nakasendo
Over 800,000 shibazakura flowers bloom over this vast field at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The contrast of Mt. Fuji against the vivid colors of the blossoms is a sight not to be missed.
Fuji Shibazakura Festival
April 13 – May 26, 2019
There are more than 2,600 sakura trees here, of which over 300 are more than a century old. The unique impact of these numerous cherry blossoms draws attention from all over the country. Most spectacular are the sakura tunnel, and the cherry blossom petals turning the water around the castle completely pink.
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival
April 20 – May 6, 2019
Adorned with over 1,000 sakura trees, among them somei yoshino, shidarezakura, and others. Himeji Castle is designated as one of 'Japan's best 100 sakura spots' because of the elegant combination of Himeji Castle's white walls with the pink and white cherry blossoms.Himeji Castle & Sakura Tour
The sakura in Kawazu bloom earlier than the rest of Japan. They are well known for their rich pink color contrasting with the yellow of the rapeseed blossom that grows around the trees. These sakura trees remain in full bloom for a longer time.
Kawazu Sakura Festival
Feb 10 – March 10, 2019
The stunning view of over 30,000 cherry blossom trees spreading across the vast natural area of Mt. Yoshino is a sight everyone in Japan wants to experience. At this famous spot you can see thousands upon thousands of sakura trees from a single observation spot.30,000 Sakura Viewing Tour
The most widespread sakura tree in Japan, it is pink when it starts blossoming, and later turns to white.
These blossoms have multiple layers, and grow large and fluffy, which makes this particular tree truly gorgeous. It blooms about 1-2 weeks after the somei yoshino.
This is a weeping cherry tree with drooping branches. It resembles a gigantic pink willow at its peak, and is a well-loved favorite of many. Shidarezakura is the designated flower of Kyoto prefecture.
The real name of this flower is moss phlox but it is also known as garden sakura in April-May, when its beautiful pink color covers the outdoor fields. Blooming later than cherry trees, shibazakura is perfect for hanami late in the season.
During the cherry blossom season you can try limited-edition and seasonal sakura sweets. Not only does nature turn pink, but many shops are also decorated in sakura themes. You can try sakura-mochi and other sakura-flavoured Japanese sweets. Be sure to taste them during your spring trip to Japan!