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 15 spots in Hokkaido and Tohoku region out of those.
- Nijukken Road / Hokkaido
- Matsumae Park / Hokkaido
- Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki Castle) / Aomori
- Ashino Park / Aomori
- Takamatsu Park / Iwate
- Kitakami Tenshochi / Iwate
- Shiroishigawa Riverbank & Funaoka Castle Park / Miyagi
- Hinokinaigawa Riverbank & Bukeyashiki / Akita
- Senshu Park / Akita
- Mato Park / Akita
- Tsuruoka Park / Yamagata
- Eboshiyama Park / Yamagata
- Miharu Takizakura / Fukushima
- Kasumigajo Park / Fukushima
- Tsurugajo Park / Fukushima
Nijukken Road / Hokkaido
photo by Shinhidaka Town
Nijyukken road(二十間道路) is located in the southeast of Sapporo in Hokkaido, and it came to be called “Nijyukken” as the width of the road is 36m. Japan’s longest row of cherry trees is spectacularly lined over 7km on the both sides of the road along Nijukken road, where roughly 3000 cherry trees will create the superb tunnel of cherry blossoms in spring. This grand prospect is particular to Hokkaido in Japan and fascinate visitors all over the world.
|Best Viewing||Early May – Mid-May|
|Address||Shizunai-tahara – Shizunai-misono, Shinhidaka-cho, Hidaka-gun, Hokkaido, Japan|
Matsumae Park / Hokkaido
Matsumae Park(松前公園) is known familiar as a popular view spot for cherry blossoms as well as a historical site. There are about 250 kinds and more than 10,000 cherry trees planted in the park, so that visitors can enjoy various kinds of cherry blossoms over one month. It’s great to see the original kinds of cherry trees only seen here.
|Best Viewing||Mid-April – Late May|
|Address||Matsushiro, Matsumae-cho, Matsumae-gun, Hokkaido, Japan|
Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki Castle) / Aomori
photo by Hirosaki Tourism And Convention Bureau
Hirosaki Park(弘前公園) is well known as one of the most popular view spot for cherry blossoms, and the park will be beautifully covered with 2600 cherry trees in late-April. It’s highly impressive to see the cherry pink tunnel of cherry trees created on the west side of outer moat. Illuminated cherry blossoms at night are also amazing different from the daytime.
|Name||Hirosaki Park [Hirosaki Castle] (弘前公園 [弘前城])|
|Best Viewing||Late April – Early May|
|Address||1 Shimoshirogane-cho, Hirosaki City, Aomori, Japan|
Ashino Park / Aomori
photo by Aomori Prefecture
Ashino Park(芦野公園) covering about 800,000 ha is known familiar as recreation place with big playground, small zoo, and camping site, where it’s popular to see the trains of Tsugaru railway running through the park. It’s the best sights for cherry blossom viewing in the Tsugaru Peninsula and it will be covered with 2000 cherry trees in full bloom. Ashino lake surrounded by 1500 cherry trees and 1800 pine trees will be a lovely view in spring.
|Best Viewing||Late April – Early May|
|Address||Ashino, Kanagi-cho, Gosyogawara City, Aomori, Japan|
Takamatsu Park / Iwate
There are various kinds of 800 cherry trees planted over 2km around the Takamatsu pond, and visitors will enjoy a spectacular view in full bloom mirroring the cherry trees on the surface of the water. During the cherry blossom festival, cherry blossoms will be illuminated with paper lanterns, creating a magical atmosphere all around the park.
|Best Viewing||Mid-April – Late April|
|Address||1-26-1 Takamatsu, Morioka City, Iwate, Japan|
Kitakami Tenshochi / Iwate
photo by Iwate Prefecture
Kitakami Tenshochi(北上展勝地) is one of three major spots for cherry blossom viewing in Tohoku region and there are about 10,000 cherry trees planted in the vast site of 293ha. A long row of cherry trees lined over 2km along Kitakami river is highly impressive! The cherry blossom festival is yearly held during the flowering season, and it will be crowded with a lot of Hanami viewers all day.