The top 5 places to see cherry blossoms in Japan

By Staff writer
April 28, 2023

1. Meguro River, Tokyo

Meguro River is a popular spot where about 800 Somei Yoshino cherry trees (the most numerous cherry tree type in Japan, often used as an ornamental plant because of its size) line the 3.8 km stretch along both banks of the Meguro River.

Every year when the trees bloom, the river is lined with stalls selling fashionable cocktails, often using strawberries, making it a great place to eat and drink while viewing the cherry blossoms.
A large cherry tree branch covered in blossoms

2. Osaka Castle, Osaka Prefecture

Osaka Castle, with approximately 300 cherry trees planted around it, is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Osaka when they are in full bloom, and has been selected as one of the 100 best viewing spots in Japan. The Nishinomaru Garden is said to offer a beautiful view of the trees together with the castle tower.

3. Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen is planted with some 65 varieties of cherry trees, including Somei Yoshino, and visitors can enjoy viewing the blossoms for as long as two months. Visitors can enjoy the contrast of the cherry blossoms planted on the vast grounds against the towering skyscrapers.

4. Himeji Castle, Hyogo Prefecture

The beauty of the combination of the whiteness of Himeji Castle, registered as a National Treasure and World Heritage Site, and the light red cherry blossoms has been selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.

5. Daigoji Temple, Kyoto

Daigoji Temple has about 1,000 trees of many different varieties, such as weeping cherry, Yoshino cherry, mountain cherry, and double cherry, allowing visitors to enjoy the blossoms over a long period of time.
Close up of cherry blossoms against blue sky
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