Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots in Kansai Region


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 20 spots in Kansa region out of those.

1. Kaizu Osaki / Shiga

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Kaizu-osaki(海津大崎) is a shore reef area putting out into Lake Biwa located in Takashima City of Shiga and it is one of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa known as “Rock reef of Kaizu Osaki in the fog at the dawn”. It’s a famous cherry blossom viewing spot as well as a popular scenic area, where the tunnel of roughly 800 cherry trees streches about 4km at their best. Many visitors are fascinated by a row of beautiful cherry trees against a backdrop of the deep blue water of the Lake Biwa.

Spot Information

Name Kaizu Osaki(海津大崎)
Best Viewing Early April – Mid-April
Address Kaizu, Makino-cho, Takashima City, Shiga, Japan
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2. Ho Park / Shiga

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Ho Park(豊公園) has established at the site of the Nagahama Castle, and the castle tower restored in 1983 is currently operated as a Nagahama Castle Historical Museum. There are about 800 Someiyoshino cherry trees planted in the park, which will brilliantly bloom surrounding the castle tower in their best. The paper lanterns are lit up at night, creating a magical atmosphere with cherry blossoms against the castle tower.

Spot Information

Name Ho Park(豊公園)
Best Viewing Early April – Mid-April
Address Koen-cho, Nagahama City, Shiga, Japan
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3. Arashiyama / Kyoto

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Arashiyama(嵐山) is representative scenic spot in Kyoto through all seasons and will be gorgeously covered with 1500 Yama-zakura and Someiyoshino cherry trees in spring. It’s highly impressive to see cherry-pink tinted mountains over Togetsu-kyo Bridge! It’s known as the sight of cherry blossoms at night as well and illuminated cherry trees are breathtakingly beautiful.

Spot Information

Name Arashiyama(嵐山)
Best Viewing Mid-March – Early April
Address Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
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4. Ninna-ji Temple / Kyoto

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Ninna-ji Temple(仁和寺), located in the northwest of Kyoto City, was called “Omurogosho” (Omuro Imperial Palace) because it had a deep connection to the Imperial family. It is designed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994 and there are many national treasures and important cultural properties such as vermilion‐lacquered central gate and five-story tower. A total of 200 Omurozakura which is last-blooming cherry tree in Kyoto is planted in the west area passing through the central gate. Omurozakura is characterized of roughly 2m of tree height and deeper and larger petals, and it’s designed as National Scenic Beauty.

Spot Information

Name Ninna-ji Temple(仁和寺)
Best Viewing Mid-April
Address Omuro-dairi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
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5. Daigoji Temple / Kyoto

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Daigoji(醍醐寺) Temple is located on the Mt.Daigo in the the southeast of Kyoto City and its large estate covers more than 661 hectare. It’s a famous place where Hideyoshi Toyotomi, governed the whole country in the late 16th century, held the largest scale of hanami (cherry blossm viewing) known as “Blossom-viewing in Daigo” his last years. Daigoji Temple is entirely covered with the various cherry trees such as Sidarezakura, Someiyoshino, Yaezakura in spring, fascinating visitors all over the world every year.

Spot Information

Name Daigoji Temple(醍醐寺)
Best Viewing Mid-March – Mid-April
Address 22 Higashioji-cho, Daigo, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
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6. Kasagiyama Natural Park / Kyoto

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Mt.Kasagiyama is 289m above sea level located in the southern part of Kyoto, and giant rocks are exposed throughout the mountain because it had been a site of megalithic religion since ancient times. There are about 3000 cherry trees at the river bed of Kizu river flowing at the base of Mt.Kasagiyama, creating an admirable row of cherry trees. It’s amaing to see a train passing throught the tunnel of cherry trees near the Kasagi Station!

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