Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Journey to see cherry blossoms in Nagano, Kyoto, Osaka

Nagano, Kyoto, Osaka ... are all familiar destinations on the golden route to see cherry blossoms in the annual Japan travel itinerary attracting a large number of international visitors. This article will introduce to everyone the places to see cherry blossoms in beautiful Nagano, Kyoto, and Osaka.

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Cherry blossom viewing spot in Nagano

There are many beautiful spots to enjoy them here in Nagano prefecture, where the mountains add beautiful white color to the spring landscape. Who knew you could see sakura and snow at the same time?

Garyu Park

Garyu Park has been selected into the top 100 most popular Japanese cherry blossom viewing spots. Here planted 600 cherry trees with 14 different types such as Edo Kohigan, Shidare-zakura, ... but still popular is Yoshino sakura. Of which 160 cherry trees planted around the shores of Ryugaike Lake give very beautiful reflection images when in full bloom. Cherry blossom festival held every year in Garyu Park attracts many locals and Nagano tourists to see the flowers.
During the festival, many food stalls are set up to serve specialties such as takoyaki, yaki soba, Dark Dark Oden, fried chicken, ... There are also activities such as night lightings, boat service to admire flowers. Garyu Park is not only a cherry blossom viewing spot in Nagano but also an ideal picnic place for families with Suzaka Zoo.

Takato Castle Park

Takato Castle Park in Nagano also named itself in the list of top 100 places to see Japanese cherry blossoms. Located on a hill of Ina city, Takato castle has a history of more than 700 years as Nagano's famous sightseeing landscape. The natural landscape is diverse: the cherry blossoms are dyed in the spring, the leaves are green in the summer, the fall is warm with the reddish-yellow color from the maple leaves.
About 1,500 unique pink Kohigan-like cherry blossoms bloom, creating a romantic sky every spring. The ancient cherry tree roots believed to be planted in 1875 are nearly 150 years old with broad canopy, luxuriant foliage. The Hanami Enjoy Festival held annually welcomes nearly half a million visitors.

Komoro Castle park

As one of the top 100 places to see Japanese cherry blossoms, the ruins of Komoro Castle are a must-visit attraction in Nagano. Over time most of the works were destroyed, leaving only gates and stone walls that are an important national cultural asset. This cherry blossom viewing spot in Nagano has about 400 cherry trees with different types and blooming times.
Komoro Castle park is like a fairy maze where there are not only flowers but also a small zoo, museum, children's play area, ... During the cherry blossom festival, the lights help Nagano tourists enjoy walking and watching flowers at night. It is also extremely brilliant every occasion of autumn when the maple leaves change color.

Cherry blossom viewing spot in Kyoto


Arashiyama is the second most important tourist attraction of Kyoto, stretching and dividing into 3 areas including Rinsenji, Nakanoshimau and Kameyama. Arashiyama becomes the most attractive and bustling around early April and late November when the cherry blossom season and the time of maple leaves change color.
This is considered a cherry blossom viewing spot in Kyoto giving visitors many interesting things such as renting a car strolling around the rural residential areas, fields, temples, famous bamboo forests, etc. Kameyama and Nakanoshimau are the ideal places for enjoying Sakura, azalea flowers.

Ninnaji Temple

Ninnaji Temple was established in 888 as a cultural heritage of the ancient capital of Kyoto and a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple is especially famous for Omuro cherry trees - the latest cherry blossom varieties in Kyoto. If you visit Kyoto around mid-April at the end of the cherry blossom season, Ninnaji Temple is the best.

Daigoji Temple

Daigo-ji Temple is located on the mountain of Daigo-san, also known by the nickname "Flower Temple". Here planted about 1,000 cherry trees of many different species create a beautiful mountain picture. The most outstanding is the giant droopy cherry tree with thousands of blooming flowers.
Every year on the second Sunday in April, an event will be held to commemorate the first flower feast in 1598 by the lord at that time. This cherry blossom viewing spot in Kyoto also makes you flutter when autumn comes with rows of maple trees in turning color.

Kasagiyama Natural Park

The other in the top 100 places to see Japanese cherry blossoms is Kasagiyama Natural Park - A park located between Kasagiyama and Kizugawa gorge. It is covered with many different green trees, of which more than 3,000 cherry trees.

Cherry blossom viewing spot in Osaka

Osaka Castle Park

Osaka Castle Park opened in 1931 and covers an area of 106.7 hectares which is one of Osaka's most famous hanami spots during the cherry blossom season.

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