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Best Places to Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) in Japan Spring 2024


It’s that time of the year again – the fleeting sakura trees are about to bloom in just a few weeks in Japan. Most parts of the country will be covered in pastel pink blossoms, and the hanabi festival will once again revive the festive spirit in the streets of Japan.

You may be wondering “Where is the best place to see the cherry blossoms in Japan?” For starters, cherry blossoms are present in many parts of Japan, whether in the streets, at parks or even in the crowded areas of Tokyo or Osaka. Hence, anyone can witness the blooming of the cherry blossom trees.

If you are someone who wishes to see cherry blossom trees in Japan, where you can have a picnic or have memorable moments with your friends or family members, read this article. We have crafted a list of some of the best spots in Japan to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

Nakameguro in Tokyo


One of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Tokyo is located in the long stretch of the Nakameguro canal. People from all over the world crowd the streets of Nakameguro to witness the beautiful scenery of cherry blossoms that cover the area. In the evening, illuminated lanterns are hung up on the trees to give them a more glowing and attractive look.

Visitors can also enjoy strolling in Nakameguro as it houses various stylish cafes, including the biggest Starbucks Reserve in Japan.

You might also want to check out these restaurants and cafes in Nakameguro that offer the best cherry blossom views:

Lake Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi


If you wish to see the majestic Mt. Fuji, while also being able to enjoy the sight of cherry blossoms around, then we recommend that you go to Lake Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi. It is part of the Fuji Five Lakes and it is considered to be the most accessible because it has direct access to trains and buses to Tokyo.

While in this area, you can also enjoy dipping in an onsen with a view of cherry blossoms hovering over the view of Mt. Fuji.

Gongendo Tsutsumi in Saitama


During Spring in Japan, visitors from different prefectures, and even from other countries, flock to Gongendo Tsutsumi in Saitama. Not only does it display a long line of cherry blossoms but it also has a lush floral field.

You can do various activities in this area, such as camping, playing some sports, or just taking a stroll or going on a short run. Please be aware that you might need to pay a small fee to be able to use some of their facilities.

Mt. Yoshinoyama in Nara


Mt. Yoshinoyama houses centuries-old cherry blossom trees in Japan. It is believed that the first trees were planted in the area more than 1,300 years ago. Today, there are over 30,000 cherry blossom trees throughout the area that enhance the view for its visitors to appreciate.

From the mountain’s peak, you can see the bright cherry blossom trees covering a large part of the town below. However, because it is well-known, expect that it can get crowded, especially during the peak season.

Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto


Similar to the cherry blossom trees lining the Nakameguro canal, the Philosopher’s Path boasts an Instagram-worthy stretch of cherry blossom trees alongside a canal, which is about two kilometers long. It is derived from one of Japan’s most famous philosophers – Nishida Kitaro. The Path became part of his routine to walk along this area to practice meditation.

In addition to enjoying the beauty of cherry blossom trees along the Philosopher’s Path, you can also take a coffee break at some of Kyoto’s trendy cafes in the area.

There are many more beautiful areas in Japan to enjoy viewing the cherry blossom trees. As we mentioned previously, for picturesque views, we recommend strolling through Nakameguro in Tokyo, going on a short run at Gongendo Tsutsumi in Saitama, or hiking at Mt. Yoshinoyama in Nara. Additionally, you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing at historical and sacred sites like the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto and Lake Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi.

Whether you’re by yourself or with friends and family members, we hope you will appreciate the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms that appear only a few weeks every year.

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