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Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom FestivalRead Later
Every year a grand cherry blossom festival is held in Fukuoka City’s Maizuru Park, where around 1000 cherry trees bloom beautifully in the spring.
Fukuoka Castle, with a history of over 400 years, also stands in the park’s grounds. (The castle is sometimes also referred to as Maizuru Castle.)
During the cherry blossom festival, the park is packed with people coming to look at the flowers, all the way into the night!
The Inabe City Agricultural Park is located in Mie Prefecture. This park is home to 4500 plum trees of 100 different varieties, and people come to see the plum blossoms in bloom every year from February through March.
Why not try visiting winter locations in Tokyo’s neighboring Saitama Prefecture’s Chichibu? This area is 3 hours away from Ikebukuro by bus or the Seibu Line. I’ve come to visit the back-country areas of Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. First off, I stopped to appreciate the artful ice formations!
Mito City's Kairakuen Garden is a famous plum blossom viewing spot. And on weekends during the period of the Plum Blossom Festival you can get from Ueno Station to the temporary Kairakuen Station by special limited express trains "Hitachi" and "Tokiwa" in about an hour.
The Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival - TokyoRead Later
Every spring, gaggles of residents and tourists alike flock to Ueno Park to admire the beauty that is the cherry blossom. With over 1,200 cherry trees, Ueno Park prides itself as being one of Tokyo’s most popular spots for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing.
Expo’70 Commemorative Park, in Osaka, is a lovely place overflowing with natural beauty. No matter the season, it is a place where you can enjoy beautiful flowers and trees.
Taking a leisurely walk through the park on a clear day is one of life’s finer pleasures.
This year’s plum festival will be held on February 18th, in Expo’70 Commemorative Park’s Natural Culture Park and Japanese garden.
The Natural Culture Park features around 600 plum trees of around 120 different varieties, while the Japanese garden has around 80 plum trees of 40 varieties. In both locations, you can enjoy a variety of plum blossoms, in colors like white, pink, and red.
Various events are scheduled during the festival period.
Rikugi-en is one of Japan’s Nationally Designated Places of Scenic Beauty. This traditional Japanese garden was built by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, favored retainer of shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.
The spring event “Illumination of Weeping Cherry Blossoms and Daimyo Teien” will once again be held this year.
During the event period, the garden will stay open until 21:00 instead of the usual 17:00.
Kawazu cherry trees are a type of cherry tree found in Shizuoka Prefecture’s Kawazu. Every year, they bloom for about a month from early February to early March. They have a variety of characteristics that set them apart from the usual Yoshino cherry trees that are found all across Japan: Kawazu cherry trees have larger flowers with a darker pink color, they bloom earlier, and their period of blooming long, around a month.
Many people visit Kawazu every year to see the early-blooming cherry blossoms.
As of January 22nd 2017, the cherry blossoms have already begun to bloom, even if it’s just a few so far!