Going to see beautiful cherry blossoms- The beautiful and unique cherry blossoms found only in Japan2014.02.

The people of Japan eagerly await the blooming of cherry blossoms when spring comes. Cherry blossoms are in bloom for only a week where they can be found, but it is between late March and mid-May that they bloom throughout the various locations in Japan, as the country is long from north to south. The Japanese call this the cherry blossom front, and it is one of the main topics of spring.
Japan has countless cherry blossom trees with thousands of cherry blossom viewing spots - each with their own unique appeal such as different scenery with stunning cherry blossoms and fantastic cherry blossoms that have been standing alone for hundreds of years.
Here you can see some of the scenery with stunning cherry blossoms across Japan as the cherry blossom front approaches.

The grand Isshingyo cherry blossom tree

This is a huge four hundred year-old cherry blossom tree that represents Kyushu. This grand countryside cherry blossom tree has faced many natural hazards such as typhoons and lightning, but its tenacious vitality continues to upkeep its beauty.
The grand Isshingyo cherry blossom tree
Address:3226-1 Nakamatsu, Minamiaso-mura, Aso-gun, Kumamoto
Access:About 15 mins. by walk from Nakamatsu Station on the Minamiaso Railway

Peak:Late March to early April

The cherry blossoms in beautiful contrast with the Seto Inland Sea

Click to enlargeThe cherry blossoms of Mount Shiude and the Seto Inland Sea The cherry blossoms that have been planted such as the Somei Yoshino and Yae cherry blossoms can be seen together with wild mountain cherry blossoms as they vie in beauty. Visitors can enjoy a view of the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea beyond the mountains with the cherry blossoms.
Mount Shiude
Address:451-1 Ohama-otsu, Takuma-cho, Mitoyo-shi, Kagawa
Access:Community bus from JR Takuma Station, about 1 hr. by walk from the "Shiudeyama Tozanguchi" stop

Peak:Late March to mid-April

The Fuji cherry blossoms of the World Heritage Site, To-ji Temple

Click to enlarge Among the various cultural assets of the World Heritage Site of ancient Kyoto, the five-story pagoda of To-ji Temple (Kyoo-Gokoku-ji Temple) is one of the most popular symbols of Kyoto.
The Fuji Cherry Blossoms of the World Heritage Site, To-ji Temple
Address: 1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access: About 10 mins. by walk from Toji Station on the Kintetsu Railway

Peak: Late March to early April


Mitake cherry blossoms standing out against a rice terrace

Click to enlargeMitake cherry blossoms On the approach toward Shinpuku-in Temple are cherry blossoms blooming in a rice terrace. Light pink cherry blossoms can be seen in a paddy where the rice has not been planted yet. When it is time for them to fall, the paddy is covered with pink petals - presenting short-lived but beautiful scenery.
Mitake cherry blossoms
Address:Mitake, Misugi-cho, Tsu-shi, Mie
Access:About 10 mins. by bus from JR Ise-Okitsu Station, about 5 mins. by walk from the "Sugihira" stop


Oigawa Railway steam trains and cherry blossoms

Click to enlargeOigawa Railway steam trains and cherry blossoms Although steam trains are becoming rare in Japan, there is one that runs on the Oigawa Railway, which is laid along the Oi River. During the cherry blossom season, the steam train can be seen running through a tunnel of cherry blossoms. It is a delightful cherry blossom spot where the scenery can be enjoyed from both inside the steam train and outside as it passes through the cherry blossoms.
By the Ieyama cherry blossom tunnel
Address:Ieyama, Kawane-cho, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka
Access:About a 10 minute walk from Ieyama Sta. on the Oigawa Railway

Peak:Late March to early April


Popular cherry blossom spots in the heart of the city

Click to enlargeChidorigafuchi Moat Path West of the Imperial Palace located in the center of Tokyo is the Chidorigafuchi Moat Path with its stunning row of cherry blossom trees planted along the moat. The moat can be crossed by boat and the cherry blossoms seen from the surface of the water are truly a sight to see.
Chidorigafuchi Moat Path
Address:2 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access:About 5 mins. by walk from "Kudanshita Station" Exit 2 on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Tozai Line, or Toei Shinjuku Line
About 5 mins. by walk from "Hanzomon Station" Exit 5 on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line

Peak:End of March to early April

The Tokyo Skytree and cherry blossoms

The row of cherry blossom trees along the Sumida River and the Tokyo Skytree There are many famous spots for viewing cherry blossoms near the Tokyo Skytree, which is the landmark tower that represents Tokyo. The row of cherry blossom trees along the Sumida River is an excellent spot for viewing the cherry blossoms and Skytree together at the waterside.
Row of cherry blossom trees at Sumida River
Address:Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Access:About 5 mins. by walk from Asakusa Station on the Tobu-Isesaki Line or Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, about 7 mins. by walk from Honjo-azumabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line
Short walk from TOKYO SKYTREE Station on the Tobu Skytree Line

Peak:Late March to early April

The modern-day Peach Blossom Spring

Hanamiyama in spring The colorful spectacle where the representative Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms and the peaches, plums, magnolias, and camellias bloom all at once along the hills is so beautiful that it is sometimes referred to as the modern-day Peach Blossom Spring.
Address:Watari, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima
Access:About 10 mins. by walk from the Hanamiyama stop on the special direct bus leaving JR Fukushima Station (only during the full blooming season)

Peak:Early to late April


Cherry blossoms resembling a waterfall

Miharu waterfall cherry blossoms The Miharu waterfall cherry blossom tree is a Benishidare cherry blossom tree characterized by its deep-pink petals. It is known as "waterfall cherry blossoms" as the flowers that bloom on its drooping branches resemble a waterfall. The tree is over a thousand years old and is one of the three main cherry blossom trees in Japan. Its magnificence when its flowers are in full bloom is so grand that it is often employed as a motif in Japanese arts such as Japanese paintings and ink drawings.
Miharu waterfall cherry blossoms
Address:Aza-Sakurakubo, Oaza-Taki, Miharu-machi, Tamura-gun, Fukushima
Access:About 20 mins. by special Takizakura bus leaving JR Miharu Station (only during the cherry blossom season)

Peak:Mid- to late April

Japan's most popular cherry blossom spot

The cherry blossoms of Hirosaki Castle This is Japan's most popular cherry blossom spot, which attracts over two million visitors a year. The over fifty types of cherry blossoms including the Somei Yoshino and Yae cherry blossoms compete with each other in beauty with the keep tower of Hirosaki Castle in the background.
Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki Castle)
Address:1 Shimo-Shirogane-cho, Oaza, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori
Access:About 15 mins. by special Konan Bus leaving JR Hirosaki Station, about 1 min. by walk from the "Shiyakusho-mae Koen Iriguchi" stop

Peak:Late April to early May

A star-shaped castle in pink

The cherry blossoms of Goryokaku Park Goryokaku, which is Japan's grandest Western-style castle, is a rare star-shaped fortress. The cherry blossoms planted within and outside the moat form a pink-colored star.
Goryokaku Park
Access:Goryokaku-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (in Goryokaku Park)
Access:15 mins. by walk from the "Goryokaku Koen-mae" stop on the municipal electric railway

Peak:Early to mid-May


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