When and where to view Sakura

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Cherry blossoms season is one of the top tourist attraction in the land of the rising sun, Japan. Tourists from all over the world flock to Japan just to witness this. The short-lived yet splendid view of cherry blossoms which is popularly known as “sakura”.

I have never imagine that I can witness this breathtaking scenery. Luckily, I was at Kyoto right on time for this season. Because, it’s just pink everywhere, such a romantic place.

Appearance of cherry blossoms signals the start of spring. It usually starts opening late March to early April. Full blooming can be viewed a week after opening. It can last until one week depending on the weather condition.

Sakura viewing culture

This scenic season has been celebrated for many centuries. And it holds a notable position in Japanese culture. It is honored with hanami “cherry blossom viewing” wherein locals take time to enjoy the transient beauty of sakura.

For the younger generation, it is commonly celebrated with parties under the trees during day and night.

This magical season is quite elusive. Thus, an application called “Sakura Navi- Forecast in 2019” has been developed. This is to track flowering updates and this app is available in Google play for Php 165.00 only.

When and where to visit

Japan Meteorological Corporation releases forecast as early as end of February. Latest update as of April 4th is available here. Flowering starts from the east boarder and ends in the north.

Top 5 viewing spots per region

Kanto region (関東), east of the boarder

  1. Ueno Park/ Tokyo
  2. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  3. Sumida Park
  4. Koganei Park
  5. Inokashira Park
Ueno Park
Photo by : JW Web magazine

Kinki/ Kansai region (近畿地方), west of the boarder

  1. Maruyama Park/ Kyoto
  2. Philospher’s oath/ Kyoto
  3. Arashiyama Togetsukyo Bridge/ Kyoto
  4. Heian Shrine/ Kyoto
  5. Osaka Castle, Nishinomaru Garden/ Osaka
Arashiyama Bridge
Photo by: etsy.com Pinterest

Chūbu region (中部地方),central part, located at the center of Honshu island

  1. Niigata- Takada Castle
  2. Nagano- Takato Joshi Park
  3. Nagano- Matsutomo Castle
  4. Kanazawa- Kenrokuen Garden
  5. Nagoya Castle
Takada Castle
Photo by: enjoyniigata.com

Chūgoku region (中国地方),makes up the western part of Japan’s main island Honshu

  1. Kintai-kyo Bridge banks of river / Yamaguchi
  2. Tokiwa Park/ Yamaguchi
  3. Shobara Ueno Park/ Hiroshima
  4. Senkoji Park
  5. Tsuyama Castle/ Okayama
Kintai-kyo Bridge
Photo by: Japan Travel and Tourism Association

Shikoku region (四国) , Japan’s fourth largest island, located at southwest of Honshu

  1. Matsuyama Castle
  2. Nakagoshi-ke no Shidare- zakura
  3. Mt. Shiude
  4. Kira-no Edo-higan-zakura
  5. Hyotan zakura Park
Mt. Shiude looking over Seto inland sea
Photo by: Shutterstock

Kyushu region (九州 ), Japan’s third largest island

  1. Fukuoka Castle/ Maizuru park
  2. Kumamoto Castle
  3. Sengan-en Garden/ Kagoshima
  4. Omura Park/ Nagasaki
  5. Mifuneyama Rakuen/ Saga
Fukuoka Castle
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Tōhoku region (東北地方), North East Region

  1. Hirosaki Castle/ Aomori
  2. Kakunodate Samurai District/ Akita
  3. Miharu Takizakura/ Fukushima
  4. Kitakami Tenshochi Park/ Iwate
  5. The World’s longest cherry-line road/ Aomori

Hokkaidō region (北海道), second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan’s four main islands

  1. Goryukako Park
  2. Matsumae Park
  3. Nijukken road
  4. Odori Park
  5. Asahiyama Park
Nijukken road
Photo by: bfh.jp Pinterest

Sakura can literally be viewed everywhere in Japan. From your hotel window, to the streets, park and temples. But, it is still best to witness the full bloom in the right place and at the right time.

Hope you find this article useful. This post may be a little too late for this year’s spring season and too early for next year. But, still good to know right? Please go to comment section and post your best sakura photos. If you don’t have yet, make this sakura viewing on your bucket list. Do not forget to follow mykmag.com for more travel bucket list!

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