Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots in Chugoku and Shikoku Region

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Cherry blossoms are known familiarly as a symbol of spring in Japan, and it’s a typical seasonal feature to announce the arrival of the spring throughout Japan. Cherry blossoms gloriously bloom and fall in an instant. For this reason, Japanese people are eagerly waiting for the blooming of cherry blossoms and attracted by its momentary beauty. Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots is chosen by Japan Cherry Blossom Association in 1990. This time we introduce 14 spots in Chugoku and Shikoku region out of those.

Tottori Castle & Kyusho Park / Totori

20150218-287-77photo by Tottori Prefecture

Kyusho Park(久松公園), located at the foot of Mt.Kyusho, is a historic park established at the site of Tottori Castle Ruins, and there are now remains of castle tower and Nihomaru, castle gate, and stone walls constructed from medieval to early modern ages. It will be really gorgeous to see Someiyoshino trees blooming around Nihomaru and moats. Roughly 400 cherry trees are illuminated with paper lanterns in the evening, and many cherry blossom views will be fascinated by its beauty.

Spot Information

Name Tottori Castle & Kyusho Park(鳥取城跡&久松公園)
Best Viewing Late March – Early April
Address 2-chome, Higashi-machi, Tottori City, Tottori, Japan
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Utsubuki Park / Totori

20150218-287-78photo by Tottori Prefecture

Utsubuki Park(打吹公園) is located at the base of Mt.Utsubuki, a symbol of Kurayoshi, in the northern west of Tottori. It is well known as one of the best spots of cherry tree viewing in Sanin Region, and the park will be brilliantly filled with about 4000 cherry trees all around in full bloom. Cherry treess are illuminated with paper lanterns at night and the cherry blossoms reflecting in the Hagoromo pond is really impressive!

Spot Information

Name Utsubuki Park(打吹公園)
Best Viewing Late March – Early April
Address Nakano-cho, Kurayoshi City, Tottori, Japan
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Matsuejozan Park / Shimane

20150218-287-79photo by Shimane Prefecture Tourism Association

Matsue Castle(松江城), built by Yoshiharu Horio in 1611, is one of Japan’s three premier castles along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle and it is one of 12 existing castle towers in Japan and only one in the Sanin region. The area around the Matsue Castle has established as a Matsuejozan Park and about 220 cherry trees such as Someiyoshino, Yae-zakura, and Shidare-zakura are planted in the park. In full bloom, the castle tower and the cherry trees at night will seemingly float in the darkness of the night, creating the magical atmosphere all around.

Spot Information

Name Matsuejozan Park(松江城山公園)
Best Viewing Late March – Early April
Address 1-5 Tono-machi, Matsue City, Shimane, Japan
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Hiikawa Riverbank / Shimane

20150218-287-80photo by Shimane Prefecture Tourism Association

At the bank of Hii river is one of the best spots of cherry blossom viewing in Chugoku Region. A long row of cherry trees is lined up over 2km along Hii river, where roughly 800 cherry trees will create the tunnel of cherry blossoms in spring. Cherry blossoms are illuminated with paper lanterns in the evening and a festival is held during the flowering season.

Spot Information

Name Hiikawa Riverbank(斐伊川堤防)
Best Viewing Late March – Mid-April
Address Kisuki, Kisuki-cho, Unnan City, Shimane, Japan
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Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park) / Okayama

20150218-287-81photo by Okayama Prefecture

Kakuzan Park(鶴山公園) is a park established at the site of Tsuyama Castle Ruins and it is known as the best spot of cherry blossom viewing in the Western Japan. There are about 1000 cherry trees such as Someiyoshino, Oyama-zakura, and Yae-zakura planted in the park. Seen from the Honmaru of the castle, a carpet of cherry trees seemingly stretches as far as the eye can see. At night, the cherry trees are illuminated during the flowering season and many visitors will be attracted by the beauty of cherry blossoms well matched with the stone walls.

Spot Information

Name Tsuyama Castle [Kakuzan Park] ( 津山城 [鶴山公園])
Best Viewing Early April – Mid-April
Address 135 Sange, Tsuyama City, Okayama, Japan
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Senkoji Park / Hiroshima

20150218-287-82photo by Hiroshima Prefecture

Senkoji Park(千光寺公園) is situated from the top to the middle of the Mt.Senkoji, which is one of a popular tourist attractions in Onomichi of Hiroshima. Mt.Senkoji will be entirely covered with roughly 1500 cherry trees in full bloom and tunned cherry pink all around. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of Seto Inland Sea from observation deck at the mountaintop, and it will be highly impressive to see the cherry blossoms against the backdrop of the blue sea.

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