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List of all must-visit hanami spots in Tokyo!

The cherry trees in Tokyo are expected to be in full bloom on April 3rd of 2018. The 1 to 2 weeks since then will see the most exquisite beauty of cherry blossoms. The must-visit hamami (“cherry blossom viewing”) spots in Tokyo are listed here for your reference. We wish you a pleasant hanami tour ♡

Aomori Prefecture – Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

Even as the cherry blossoms fade in places like Tokyo and Kyoto, there’s still time left!
Aomori Prefecture is located on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Japan’s main island. There, cherry blossoms bloom a few weeks later than places like Tokyo.
Hirosaki Park is one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing locations. It is one of the so-called top three cherry blossom locations in Japan, along with Nara Prefecture’s Yoshino Mountain and Nara Prefecture’s Takatojoshi Park. Visitors can enjoy over 2600 cherry trees in bloom of over 50 different varieties.
There are over 300 Yoshino cherry trees in Hirosaki Park that are over 100 years old, and each of them continues to produce spectacular blossoms.
As 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the park’s cherry blossom festival, the celebration period has been extended longer than usual, and a large number of stalls and vendors will open as well!

Toyama Prefecture – Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Yuki no Otani Walk

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a 40-kilometer sightseeing route on the border between Toyama Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture. The course passes through six mountains up to 3000 meters tall.
The highest point of the Alpine Route is “Murodo,” at 2450 meters, and it is an area that receives some of the heaviest snowfall in the entire world. The snow drifts accumulate particularly heavily in the area “Otani,” located a five-minute walk from Murodo Terminal.
An enormous wall of snow, called “Yuki no Otani,” covers this part of the Alpine Route, and it takes a month to clear the path from the snow that closes it down in the winter. From mid-April through mid-June, just after the Alpine Route has reopened after the winter, an approximately 500-meter section is opened, and visitors can walk “Yuki no Otani.”
Large numbers of tourists from around the world every year come to see this unique, one-of-a-kind enormous wall of snow.

Come check out Gunma Prefecture’s Carp Streamer Village Festival!

Although May 5th is now called Children’s Day in Japan, it was traditionally a festival for boys. So in keeping with tradition, families with boys still fly large carp-shaped streamers, called koinobori, from their houses to pray for the health and happiness of their children. Tatebayashi City starts flying their impressive collection of over 5,000 streamers at the end of March, so that residents and visitors can enjoy the view of the streamers alongside the cherry blossoms.

Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom Festival

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!

Osaka, Koinobori Festa 1000

In the Koinobori Festa, around 1000 carp-shaped streamers are hung as wishes for children’s health and for protection of the Akuta River, a symbol of Takatsuki City.
A huge number of colorful carp streamers “swim” in the sky as they hang from ropes strung across the Akuta River.
The streamers used in this festival are donated by local residents or handmade by the children at local kindergartens.