Top 10 Spots for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan


INDONEWTRAVEL.COM - When you arrive in Japan, you will definitely see the cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms capture the image of Japan around the world. In fact, Htun Thit Sa Pyi is the national flower as well as the Gandhama flower. There are at least 600 species of cherry blossoms in the country and many of them are cultivated.

The Japanese love this flower and make products in its honor. The movement to see the cherry blossoms in bloom is called Hami. In all parts of Japan, cherry blossoms do not bloom at the same time. This means you can explore Japan and see the difference.

This time, I want to recommend for those who want to enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms. Please come. Here are 10 of the best Hanami spots in Japan.

1. Himeji Castle


The first best place to discuss is Himeji Castle, also known as Shirasagijo or White Crane Castle. This castle is a World Heritage Site. Unlike other Japanese castles, Himeji Castle is fire and fire. It was never destroyed by an earthquake or war. To this day, the castle remains one of the original 12 temples in the new complex.

The palace grounds are filled with cherry trees. Enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms at free spots like Senhime Botan Garden and Sannomaru Palace Gardens. Regular access to Nishinomaru Park. Usually this place offers a panoramic view of the cherry blossoms illuminated by palace lights at night.

2. Yoyogi Park


This park is one of the largest national parks in Tokyo. Shinjuku is located near Shibuya and Harajuku. Yoyogi Park has at least 700 cherry trees. You will find a new type of flower that is darker pink than Somei Yoshino. Under the cherry blossoms, many happy partygoers came early in the morning.

Take the JR Yamanote Line at Harajuku Station to enter the park. Then 5 minutes walk to Yoyogi Park. The advantage is, you don't have to pay a dime to enter Yoyogi Park.

3. Shinjuku Gyoen National Park


Another popular hanami site is Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. This national park was built as part of the royal residence during the Edo period. Shinjuku Gyoen was badly damaged during World War II and reopened in 1949.

There is a large lake dotted with bridges and island-shaped hills. People often use this pond as a photo backdrop for cherry blossoms. At least 1,500 cherry trees are planted in Shinjuku Gyoen. These flowers bloom from late March to early April.

4. Kema Sakuranomiya Park


For those who want to travel to Osaka, you can visit Kema Sakuranomiya Park. The park is located on the Okawa River and has about 5,000 cherry trees on the streets. The lawn is often used by guests for parties or banquets by the beautiful riverside.

Take the Osaka Loop to get to the park and get off at Sakuranomiya Station. 5 minutes walk to your destination. Not far from Kema Sakuranomiya. From here you can see Osaka Castle.

5. Kumamoto Castle


Not only rich in natural beauty, Kumamoto Prefecture also has a 400 year old symbol called Kumamoto Castle. Thousands of cherries were planted in palaces and public gardens. In April 2016, there was a big earthquake. This castle is still one of the best hanami spots in Kumamoto.

The castle is still sturdy and can be seen from Ninomaru Square and Sakuranobaba Josaen. Ninomaru Square hosts a festival every spring and fall. Other cherry blossoms include Yamazakura, Higozakura and Somei Yoshino. In addition, through this festival you can discover the rich history and culture of Kumamoto.

6. Hirosaki Castle


Hirosaki Castle dates back to the 17th century and was built by Governor Augori Tsugaru. Even the Castle is surrounded by many guards. There are about 2,600 beautiful cherry blossoms inside and outside the castle.

Hirosaki Castle is known as the largest hanami area in Japan. Compared to Chidorigafuchi Park and Shinjuku Gyoen, this palace has a lot of cherry trees. No wonder domestic and foreign tourists come here. Needless to say. If Hanami's schedule coincides with Golden Week, the castle will be more crowded.

7. Meguro River


We will then visit the Meguro River in Tokyo. The river is 3.8 km long and has about 800 cherry trees. If you don't want to be happy under a tree, you can do hanami by eating at a nearby restaurant or coffee shop. Enjoy the beauty and warmth of cherry blossoms. Chocolate juice Drink Putin or sushi.

8. Danau Kawaguchi


This lake is considered the most beautiful lake at the foot of Mount Fuji. Cherry blossoms bloom around the lake. The combination of Blue Lake and Mount Fuji reminds me of Hanami. Lake Kawaguchi is the second largest lake on Mount Fuji after Lake Yamanaka. Visit at sunset and enjoy the stunning views.

9. Pagoda Chureito


This iconic five-story pagoda is located not far from Mount Fuji. In spring, pink cherry blossoms cover the Chureito shrine area. This pagoda was built in 1943 and serves as a symbol of peace. To get here, take the train from Kawaguchiko Station to Shimo-Yoshida Station.

10. Urui River


Best cherry blossom viewing near Mount Fuji. The Euphrates River is a beautiful spring that photographers love. The cherry trees are near the Ryuganbuchi Bridge. About 10 minutes walk from Iriyamase Station.

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