Cherry Blossom Season

Day Trips

Hanami

Hanami is the time of the year when locals and tourists flood landmarks to see the beauty of the sakura (cherry blossoms) blooming.  The viewing season only lasts for about one week before the sun, wind, and rains wash away the petals from the trees.

The schedule for 2016 and the best places to enjoy the flowering trees are as follows:

Tokyo – March 28 to April 5
~  Shinjuku Gyoen ~
11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
~  Shinto Shrine Yushima Tenjin ~
3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo, Tokyo
~  Ueno Park ~
Taito, Tokyo

Kyoto – March 31 to April 8
Kiyomizudera Temple ~
1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Maruyama Park ~
473 Maruyamacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Philosopher’s Path ~
Sakyo-ku between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto
Heian Shrine ~
Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Nijojo Castle ~ 
541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto

Osaka – March 31 to April 8
Kema Sakuranomiya Park ~
2 Nagarahigashi, Kita Ward, Osaka
Osaka Castle ~
1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Expo 7 Commemorative Park ~
1-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita, Osaka
Mint Bureau ~
1-1-79, Tenman, Kita-ku, Osaka

Foodicles Osaka Cherry Blossom 1
Hanami viewers in the Mint Bureau
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Admiring the blossoms on all sides
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Rain or shine
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Whites and pinks in full bloom
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Beautiful far away and close up
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Dark hues of pink
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Lighter hues of pink
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Shades of white
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And even whiter
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Fallen petals by the end of the week
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Always an opportunity for local street food

You really must try to visit Japan during Cherry Blossom Season at least once in your lifetime to witness the beauty of nature.


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