Spring time in Japan is one of the best seasons to visit.
One of the peak travel seasons in Japan is obviously cherry blossom season.
Here’s a random selection of great cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
Obviously there are a lot more and I intend to do more lists like that in the future.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!~
1. Ueno Park (Tokyo)
This photo is obviously quite old (2008). Taken with a camera that I don’t possess anymore, so the quality is not that good.
Ueno Park is always worth a visit, but in spring it’s especially beautiful. It’s also one of the most popular sakura viewing spots in all of Tokyo.
2. Matsuyama Castle (Ehime Pref.)
I was so lucky that year (2009). In Shikoku the cherry blossoms were at their peak and the weather was clear as well.
For me there’s nothing more beautiful than a blue sky, cherry blossoms and a castle in the background.
Around the castle are millions of cherry blossom trees, so it’s a great hanami spot.
3. Matsuyama Central Park (Ehime Pref.)
Ocean and cherry blossoms are also one of my favorite sceneries to take photos of.
Matsuyama in Ehime is really a great spot for cherry blossoms. Apart from the castle I recommend Matsuyama Central Park.
4. Naruto City (Tokushima Pref.)
But there’s more to discover than just that.
For cherry blossoms, I recommend the Myokensan Park around Okazaki Castle. From there you’ll also have a nice view onto the ocean.
5. Hiroshima, A-Bomb Dome
The area around the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima also has a lot of cherry blossom trees.
When I visited it was a rainy and grey day, but it added to the sad atmosphere around the dome.
6. Shukkeien Garden, Hiroshima:
Gardens are always a great way to enjoy cherry blossoms.
In the photo above you see a bridal photo shooting at Shukkeien, a Japanese-style garden in Hiroshima.
7. Miyajima (Hiroshima):
Miyajima is beautiful in any season. After all it’s one of Japan’s Top 3 Views.
However, I recommend either going in spring or autumn.
And of course the deer enjoyed the cherry blossoms on Miyajima, too!
8. Onomichi (Hiroshima Pref.)
Onomichi is a very beautiful place – not only in spring.
You’ll have the pink cherry blossoms and the blue ocean in the background.
Onomichi is the starting point of the famous Shimanami Kaido cycling tour from Hiroshima to Ehime.
9. The Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto
The Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto is located near the famous Ginkakuji.
It’s truly a cherry blossom paradise. Be aware that it can become very crowded!
10. Arashiyama in Kyoto
Arashiyama is a very popular destination in Kyoto.
It becomes especially beautiful in autumn and spring, but that’s also when it’s very crowded!
11. Gion (Kyoto)
You’ll find one of the most photographed cherry blossom trees in Kyoto, Gion (near Yasaka Shrine).
Can you see the crow that posed especially for that one photo?
12. Kotohira (Kagawa Pref.)
But in spring you’ll be accompanied by many sakura along the way which makes the whole trip worth it even more!
13. Yashima (Kagawa Prefecture)
Yashima is very beautiful and worth a visit all-year-round.
2011 I was very unlucky and missed the cherry blossoms for the most part. They were blooming much later than usually.
14. Tsuyama (Okayama Pref.)
But there are other places of interests as well where you can enjoy sakura. One of them is Shurakuen Garden (displayed in above photo).
15. Hamamatsu Castle (Shizuoka Pref.)
Shizuoka makes a good day trip from Tokyo. And it’s also a good place for enjoying cherry blossoms in spring, usually a bit earlier than in Tokyo!
One good place to check out is Hamamatsu Castle.
16. Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle in Hyogo makes a good day trip from Kyoto. It’s always worth a visit, but it becomes especially beautiful during cherry blossom season.
Don’t worry. The reconstruction works have long finished and you can enjoy the castle in its full beauty again!
Cherry blossoms over the moat of Himeji castle.
You can say what you want but cherry blossoms look the best with blue sky in the background!
Spring is one of my favorite seasons in Japan, but recently I like autumn even better.
The great thing about spring is that there are so many limited sakura (cherry blossom) related items!
Tea, snacks, sweets, body lotions! I’m obsessed with cherry blossoms and because they’re limited I can’t resist to buy some of those items!!!
How about you?