Introducing Japan's cherry blossom viewing spots
Hokuto Yamanashi Prefecture
A 2000-year old cherry tree, the oldest in Japan.
Peak time:End of March to early April
Approximately 15 minutes by taxi from JR Hinoharu Station;
approximately 30 minutes from JR Nirasaki Station on the Seiryu-to-Kai-Komagatake Round-Trip Bus (get off at "Jissoji Jindaizakura")
Peak time:early January
Nakijin Okinawa Prefecture
world Heritage「Nakijin‐jo」Ruins of a castle
Peak time:early January
Bus「Nakijinson‐Imadomari-Nakijin‐jo-atoiriguchi」A Fifteen-minute walk from the station
※Normally this is the best time to see the flowers. However, there can be drastic differences in blooming season depending on that year's weather patterns.
Recommended Sakura Destinations 2018
In 2018 Kyoto cherry blossoms are forecast to open on March 25 (Best Viewing: March 31 to April 08). The most popular spots are considered to be the Philosophers Path, Maruyama Park and the Heian Shrine among the others. For more spots recommendations visit our Kyoto Cherry Blossoms review page.Book Your Stay
Tokyo cherry blossoms are forecated to open on the March 22 (Best viewing March 29 to April 6) For the early visitors we recommend Shinjuku Gyoen, where you can already spot some trees in full bloom in mid March. For spots recommendations visit our Tokyo Cherry Blossoms review page.Book Your Stay
Hirosaki is a castle town in Aomori, loved in the spring season for its magical cherry blossoms forming tunnels and cherry petals filled moats around the Hirosaki Castle. Expected to bloom late April to beginning of May. For more viewing spots in Tohoku visit our Tohoku Cherry Blossoms review page.Book Your Stay
Some 1,000 cherry blossom trees surround the all white Himeji Castle (designated both as a national treasure and a UNESCO world heritage site), covering it with white and pink and creating a breathtaking views. During the full bloom visitors are able to visit Nishi-no-Maru garden at night to watch floodlit cherry blossoms.Book Your Stay
Forecast: Beginning of April.
One of the most scenic, and most loved by foreigners views awaits visitors here. The view of Mt Fuji with still snow convered peak, behind the white and pink brunches of cherry blossom trees. The Northern and Eastern Shores of Kawaguchiko lake, Chureito Pagoda and Ubuyagasaki area are especially recommended to visit.Book Your Stay
Forecast: mid April.
Cherry blossoms in Kanazawa overflow from the Kenrokuen (one of Japan's most popular traditional style gardens) to the Kanazawa castle ruins and the road leading from the Kenrokuen to the town's center, Korinbo area. The forecast for the blossoms to open is currently for April 2nd, with best viewing expected to be from April 6th to 14th.Book Your Stay
Try the following types of
cherry blossom viewing
Enjoy a leisurely blossom viewing experience from atop a cruise deck（Tokyo around）
Enjoy cherry blossoms from inside a trolley car.
Sumaura Ropeway（Kobe Hyogo Prefecture）
Enjoy a cherry blossom panorama.
Access: Approximately 30 minutes on foot from Sanyo Railway Sumaura-Kōen Station
YomiuriLand（Inagi Tokyo Prefecture）
Enjoy the cherry blossoms in the park while riding on a roller coaster or ferris wheel.
Access: A 10-minute gondola 「sky shuttle」 ride from Keio「Yomiuri」Station on the Keio line.