Spring is the most beautiful time in Japan. Japanese people come out from under the winter blanket and celebrate with Hanami, the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom’s are known as Sakura in Japanese.
This wonderful celebration starts in late March and runs through early May. Sakura start blooming in Kyushu earlier than other regions and then the bloom moves northward. The blossoms last for one week after their peak bloom. The Cherry Blossoms can be seen in places like Gyoen Park in Shinjuku, Asakusa or Arashiyama in Kyoto. The Japanese come out with their picnic baskets and blankets to really enjoy the beauty of spring. But as you travel around this wonderful country you can see the Cherry Blossoms everywhere you visit.
D-Travel Team make a great choice to experience the stunning beauty of Sakura in Japan.
One of Japan’s most crowded, noisy and popular spots for cherry blossom parties, Ueno Park features more than 1000 trees along the street leading towards the National Museum and around Shinobazu Pond. Ueno Park is a good hanami destination if you visit Tokyo early in the season, as the blossoms there follow a slightly faster schedule than the blossoms in other spots in the city.
- Maruyama Park (Kyoto Prefecture) mid- to late April
Maruyama Park next to Yasaka Shrine is Kyoto’s most popular public park for cherry blossom parties. Its centerpiece is a large weeping cherry tree that gets lit up in the evenings. Many food stands and temporarily constructed restaurants with tables under the trees are available.
- Matsumoto Castle (Nagano Prefecture) mid- to late April
Matsumoto Castle is one of the most beautiful of Japan’s original castles. There are about 300 cherry trees planted around the castle moats and inside the paid inner grounds of the castle.
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