Spring in Japan is represented by the awe-inspiring view of blooming sakura(cherry blossoms), especially if you’re standing right beneath them! The peak of the sakura blooming season is from the end of March to early April in most of Japan. But it extends to early May if you’re planning to visit the north of Japan, such as Hokkaido, Tohoku or the rest of her northern prefectures. The spectacular views in these regions are certain to give you a different but memorable experience of Japan’s springtime!
Well known for its Shibazakura (Pink Moss Phlox) Festival when spring arrives, the whole area is carpeted in pink once the cherry blossoms bloom! This view is unique to this park and cannot be seen elsewhere!
Welcome to Takinoue Park!
Takinoue Park is one of the most famous places in Japan for Shibazakura.
While you’re here, enjoy the beautiful landscape of tulip blooms in another area of this park.
There are snacks and souvenir stores nearby.
Blooming Time: Early May – Mid Jun
Location: Mombetsu, Hokkaido
Transportation: 2-hour bus ride from JR Ashikawa Station.
Tiket: Entrance fees – ¥500 (adults) and ¥250 (children). Entrance fee is only collected during Shibazakura Festival.
In this vast park, there are close to 150 species among the 10,000 sakura trees planted here. Visitors can enjoy the scenery by taking the boat ride along Kitakami River. For those who prefer a land based tour, there are horse carriage rides to admire the timeless beauty of the sakura pathway.
See the scenic view of sakura blooming along the road!
Blooming Time: Mid April – Late April
Location:Shibata-cho, Shibata-gun, Miyagi
Transportation: Exit at JR Funaoka Station and walk about 15 minutes.
In spring, the Japanese people love to go for hanami or sakura viewing picnics. Hanami bento (lunchboxes) are conveniently sold in supermarkets and stalls near popular hanami spots for visitors to enjoy. You may also bring along your own packed food. Kindly be mindful and observe the following etiquette rules while you visit these beautiful blooming spots.
Most viewing spots aren’t equipped with sufficient rubbish bins. Please keep the place clean and do not throw rubbish everywhere. If there are no rubbish bins around, please take your rubbish away with you and throw it away later in a proper bin.
Not every viewing spot allows hanami. Please check if you wish to do so before visiting the viewing spot.
The weather is still cold in spring time, especially during late evening. Bring a jacket with you or use disposable heat packs to keep warm.
Do not touch, pull, or break the sakura tree branches, or step on the tree’s roots at any time. Do not pluck sakura flowers or their petals as they’re short-lived as it is. Please leave them so others can enjoy their beautiful blooms.
Look out for more interesting sakura spots in JAPAN WALKER™ Vol 01!