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  • Spring is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Japan

  • with visitors from all over the globe flocking to experience the enchanting beauty

  • of Japan's iconic cherry blossoms orsakuraThere are countless spots nationwide to view

  • the blossoms so to make planning your perfect, petal-filled

  • trip a little easier here is a countdown of our top ten sakura

  • spots in Japan:

  • Number 10 Miyajima

  • A short ferry ride across the water from the city of Hiroshima is the island of Miyajima

  • famous for Itsukushima shrine the large floating gate

  • deer-inhabited hills and charming shopping streets

  • To the delight of visitors, each spring the island becomes beautifully decorated by cherry

  • blossoms making Miyajima even more picturesque than

  • normal and well worth a visit during sakura season

  • Number 9 Goryokaku Fort

  • This unique Western-style citadel in Hokkaido has hundreds of trees planted along its fortifications

  • and moat that provide a flurry of pink petals each springtime

  • Also don't miss the bird's eye view of this hanami haven

  • which can be enjoyed from the adjacent Goryokaku Tower

  • Number 8 Yoshinoyama

  • For centuries Yoshinoyama has been considered by many

  • to be the most spectacular hanami spot in all of Japan

  • With tens of thousands of cherry trees spread out across a range of elevations

  • sakura can usually be enjoyed in Yoshinoyama from early through mid April

  • with flowers higher up the mountain blooming later than those at the base

  • Number 7 Kakunodate

  • In springtime, the former samurai district in the town of Kakunodate

  • becomes beautifully decorated by weeping cherry trees

  • On top of this, the hundreds of sakura which line the riverbank

  • are an ideal place to have a picnic All in all Kakunodate provides visitors with

  • a downright pleasant cherry blossom atmosphere that echoes of centuries past

  • Number 6 Himeji Castle

  • With its grand white exterior, Himeji is widely considered

  • to be Japan's most spectacular castles Also designated as a world heritage site

  • this national treasure can be photographed with a beautiful sakura frame around early

  • April

  • Number 5 The Fuji Five Lakes region

  • Due to its higher elevation, the cherry blossoms in the area just north of Mt. Fuji

  • called the Fuji Five Lakes region usually bloom in mid to later April

  • which is a few weeks later than nearby Tokyo or Yokohama

  • In the Fuji Five Lakes region, two of the most breathtaking places

  • to view the mountain and cherry blossoms together are from the Chureito Pagoda

  • and also from the the northern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko

  • Number 4 Osaka

  • The sheer number of cherry trees make Kansai's largest metropolis, Osaka

  • a stellar hanami destination which could easily be placed even higher

  • on this list depending on personal preference One of the city's primary hanami areas

  • is the riverside Kema Sakuranomiya Park that stretches for multiple kilometers and

  • connects to the equally cherry-tree-abundant Osaka Castle Park

  • Within the castle grounds, a particularly nice place for a picnic is Nishinomaru Park

  • in the castle's western citadel which has wide lawns

  • views of the castle tower and light up in the evening

  • Finally, the walking paths and wide lawns of the Expo 70 Commemorative Park

  • in northern Osaka boast an additional few thousand

  • trees for blossom chasers to enjoy and also have light-up events at night

  • Number 3 Kyoto

  • The ancient capital of japan is where cherry blossoms meet cultural heritage

  • with an array of the city's historical buildings and gardens

  • becoming awash with pink and white each spring A few specific spots to enjoy the sakura season

  • in Kyoto are the Philosopher's path

  • Maruyama Park which also has night illuminations and the hills of the Arashiyama district in

  • the west which has an abundance of trees near the Togetsukyo

  • Bridge in Nakanoshima Park

  • and along the main shopping street

  • Number 2 Tokyo

  • The nation's capital is home to more hanami spots than anywhere else

  • Boasting a large number of cherry trees in a plethora of its parks, gardens, city streets,

  • and riverbanks Tokyo has an ideal sakura spot to please everyone

  • In particular, a few of the more noteworthy spots are

  • The sidewalks and river scenes found in Chidorigafuchi which also have nightly illuminations

  • The extensive scenic gardens in family-friendly Shinjuku Gyoen

  • which by the way does not allow alcohol inside the park

  • Ueno Park both along the central walking path in the

  • upper section of the park which has more of a lively hanami atmosphere

  • and also in the lower section around Shinobazu Pond

  • And finally Number 1

  • Hirosaki Castle This amazing castle park in the northern prefecture

  • of Aomori feels like multiple outstanding hanami spots

  • all combined into one This Spring wonderland has everything a cherry

  • blossom fans could wish for In addition to the castle, which is surrounded

  • by numerous varieties of cherry trees there are food stands

  • a boating pond and the country's oldest and broadest Somei

  • Yoshino variety of cherry tree There is plenty of space to picnic amongst

  • the blossoms and the park is subject to pleasant petal

  • blizzards that leave the castle moat completely pink

  • towards the season's end making Hirosaki Castle Park the number one

  • cherry blossom location in the entire country in our opinion

  • So there you have it, our top ten cherry blossom spots in Japan

  • Hopefully this video helps you to plan your perfect petal-filled trip

  • More in-depth information on the cherry blossoms can be found in the dedicated section of our

  • website including this year's forecast lists of the best sakura spots

  • tree varieties and during sakura season daily cherry blossom

  • reports from around the country For more information or to watch another video

  • click the links on the screen below now or head to japan-guide.com

  • your comprehensive up-to-date travel guide first hand from Japan

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  • Happy travels

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    Kana kawai posted on 2018/03/12
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