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Sakura in Japan, Don’t Miss it!

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Japan’s enchantment is Cherry blossoms (Sakura).

When we say Japan, one sight that springs up is that of delightful cherry blossoms. These pinkish blossoms are a treat to witness and add oodles of scenic element to wherever they are. Visitors to Japan swear by the beauty of cherry blossoms if they are lucky enough to see them as the bloom time is from February into early May. This is the time when the country’s iconic Sakura (cherry blossoms) capture the attention of visitors. The entire country gets covered in a blanket of beautiful pink flowers adding colourful splendor to Japan.

Japan’s cherry blossoms hub
We have shortlisted popular places visited for getting a glimpse of cherry blossoms in their full bloom.

Sakura in full Bloom

Goryokaku Fort Park at Hokkaido: If you want to see both (sakura) cherry trees and plum trees bloom together then visit Hokkaido. Goryokaku fort is Japan’s largest ever constructed fort and has witnessed a lot of war action. The fort is in the shape of a star and currently is a park full of cherry trees. It gives a stunning view when the two tree varieties are in full bloom.
Where to stay: There are various options to choose from depending on your budget. La Vista Hakodate Bay can be booked for Rs 5487 per room and Four Points by Sheraton is for Rs 6359 per room.

Hirosaki City, Aomori: When in the Tohuku region, Hirosaki Castle Park is your best bet for viewing Sakura. What makes the experience more enjoyable is the bright red Shunyo Bridge, pale pink cherry blossoms and snow-capped Mt. Iwaki. It is beautiful and is a sight to behold.

Where to stay: Art Hotel Hirosaki City charges about Rs 3815 and up for a night during the cherry blossoms blooming period. Richmond Hotel Aomori is another good option and comes for Rs 6248 per night for a room.

Kakunodate, Akita: This place is known for the 152 trees that are nation’s natural monument. They look stunning against the background of black walls of the Samurai residences. People throng this area for a stroll through the tunnel of flowering Sakura trees lining the Hinokinai River.

Where to stay: Hotel Route Inn Oomagari Ekimae charges Rs 5803 per night and Hotel Folkloro Kakunodate gives a room for Rs 9193 per night.


Ueno Park & Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Tokyo: Featuring over a 1,000 trees along the street leading towards the National Museum and around Shinobazu Pond, this place is one of the most frequented ones. People have parties here under cherry blossoms during the bloom season. Shinjuku Gyoen Garden also enjoys being a hub for cherry blossom trees amidst the busy streets of Tokyo.

Where to stay: A room at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is yours for Rs 13,495 and a room at Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel can be booked for Rs 3893 per night.

Mt. Yoshino, Nara: Mt. Yoshino is said to be one of the best locations for viewing  (sakura) cherry blossoms. During spring time, about 30,000 cherry trees come alive giving a stunning panorama of flowers.

Where to stay: Asuka Guest House offers a room for Rs 3331. There are some star hotels available in the radius of 20 kms.

(c) Anjali Singh Deswal

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