10 Best Places To Spot Cherry Blossoms In Japan

OT Staff

Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo

Located near the Imperial Palace, Chidorigafuchi offers a picturesque view of cherry blossoms lining the moat. Visitors can rent rowboats and paddle beneath the pink petals.

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Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

One of Tokyo's largest parks, Shinjuku Gyoen has a diverse collection of cherry blossom trees. Visitors can stroll through landscaped gardens and find the perfect spot for a hanami (cherry blossom viewing) picnic.

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Philosopher's Path, Kyoto

This scenic walkway along a canal in Kyoto is named after the famous philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who used to walk here for meditation. Lined with hundreds of cherry trees, it offers a tranquil setting.

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Maruyama Park, Kyoto

Known for its massive weeping cherry tree (shidarezakura), Maruyama Park transforms into a sea of pink during cherry blossom season.

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Himeji Castle, Hyogo

As one of Japan's most stunning feudal castles, Himeji Castle becomes even more enchanting when surrounded by cherry blossoms.

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Hirosaki Castle Park, Aomori

Home to over 2,500 cherry trees, Hirosaki Castle Park is considered one of Japan's top cherry blossom viewing spots. The park's expansive grounds, replete with moats and historic buildings, offer photography opportunities.

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Gion Shirakawa, Kyoto

This charming canal in Kyoto's Gion district is lined with traditional machiya (wooden townhouses) and weeping cherry trees. Illuminated at night, the reflections of the cherry blossoms on the water create a scenic vibe.

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Arashiyama, Kyoto

Famous for its bamboo groves and scenic river, Arashiyama also offers cherry blossom displays along the Hozu River. Visitors can enjoy sakura in full bloom while taking a leisurely boat ride.

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Kenrokuen, Kanazawa

Considered one of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens, Kenrokuen dazzles visitors with its cherry blossom varieties. The combination of traditional architecture, winding paths, and seasonal blooms makes it a must-visit destination.

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Miyajima Island, Hiroshima

Known for its iconic "floating" torii gate, Miyajima Island is also celebrated for its cherry blossoms. Visitors can hike through the lush forest to reach Mount Misen for panoramic views of sakura-covered hillsides.

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