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Top Cherry Blossom Viewing Destinations in Japan 2019
- Japan is renowned for its cherry blossoms, with destinations throughout the country igniting in soft pinks and whites when spring rolls around. But have you ever wondered which are the top-visited ohanami sites? In this article, we’ll share with you the destinations that ranked highest in terms of official visitor numbers, as well as a few popular spots whose numbers are not disclosed. In addition, please see the following sites for details of cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto and Tokyo.-Cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto-Cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo 1. Ueno Imperial Gift Park (Tokyo) 1. Ueno Imperial Gift Park (Tokyo) One of Japan’s oldest public parks, Ueno Park is home to around 1,200 cherry blossom trees and is the top cherry blossom viewing spot in the country. People come to lay out mats beneath the trees, enjoy a picnic and drink sake while admiring the stunning blooms. It’s easily accessed from Ueno Station and situated just across the street from the Park Exit. Best time to visit: around late MarchAnnual turnout: approximately 4 million people 2. Hirosaki Park (Aomori) 2. Hirosaki Park (Aomori) While Hirosaki Park is famed for its Edo-built Castle Tower, it’s also home to around 2,600 cherry blossom trees in 50 different varieties. Understandably, it’s an incredibly popular ohanami destination, with highlights including the Sakura Tunnel on the west moat and seeing the trees illuminated at night. Hirosaki Park is a 15-minute bus ride from Hirosaki Station along the Dotemachi Loop Bus.Best time to visit: around April 19Annual turnout: approximately 2 million people 3. Kakunodate (Akita) 3. Kakunodate (Akita) During the Edo Period, numerous weeping cherry trees were transplanted from Kyoto to Kakunodate and today it’s one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in the Tohoku region. Kakunodate’s Cherry Blossom Festival takes place around the Golden Week holidays and sees more than a million people flock to the historic samurai district and the Hinokinai River where they picnic beneath the blossoms. It all takes place a 20-minute walk from Kakunodate StationBest time to visit: late April - early MayAnnual turnout: approximately 1.3 million people 4. Chidorigafuchi (Tokyo) 4. Chidorigafuchi (Tokyo) Chidorigafuchi is a moat outside the Imperial Palace that’s ignited by a 700-meter-long tunnel of cherry blossom trees during the spring. Their pink hues beautifully reflect on the moat’s waters, making it a popular place for people to stroll during the Chiyoda Sakura Festival and magical when illuminated at night. Chidorigafuchi is a five-minute walk from either Kudanshita or Hanzomon stationsBest time to visit: late MarchAnnual turnout: approximately 1.28 million people 5. Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo) 5. Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo) Sprawling across 58 hectares, Shinjuku Gyoen is a famous garden and green oasis in the heart of Shinjuku. It’s planted with around 1,000 cherry trees in numerous varieties, meaning you can see blossoms either early or late in the season. Aside from its traditional Japanese garden, Shinjuku Gyoen is also home to a former French garden and an English landscaped garden with lawns that are ideal for picnicking. Shinjuku Gyoen is just 10 minutes’ walk from Shinjuku Station’s South Exit or five minutes from Shinjuku-Sanchome Station. Best time to visit: late March to early AprilAnnual turnout: approximately 1.2 million people 6. Takada Castle Park (Niigata) 6. Takada Castle Park (Niigata) Built in 1614 by Matsudaira Tadateru, Takada Castle is surrounded by more than 4,000 cherry trees and a 300-meter-long pedestrian walkway that’s known as “Sakura Road”. It’s renowned for its nighttime scene when the trees are magically illuminated by lanterns and hundreds of stalls selling food and drinks set up in the surrounds. The park is a 15-minute walk from Takada Station. Best time to visit: early to mid-AprilAnnual turnout: approximately 880,000 people 7. Mitsuike Park (Kanagawa) 7. Mitsuike Park (Kanagawa) Centered around three ponds and a Korean Garden, Mitsuike Park sprawls across 30 hectares in Yokohama. Its home to 1,600 cherry trees of 78 different species that break out in blossoms during the spring, with the first trees to bloom being the kanzakura. The park is a 20-minute taxi ride from Yokohama Station. Best time to visit: late March to early AprilAnnual turnout: approximately 700,000 people 8. Osaka Mint Bureau (Osaka) 8. Osaka Mint Bureau (Osaka) The Osaka Mint Bureau is famed for its yaezakura cherry trees, which blossom slightly later and with more petals than the classic somei yoshino variety. For one week each April, the bureau opens its grounds for people to enjoy Sakura Torinuke, with their cherry trees also illuminated at night. It’s just a 15-minute walk from Temmabashi Station. Best time to visit: mid-AprilAnnual turnout: approximately 700,000 people 9. Inokashira Park (Tokyo) 9. Inokashira Park (Tokyo) Situated in the Kichijoji area of western Tokyo, Inokashira Park is home to around 500 cherry trees, many of which are planted around its central pond. Some of the varieties are late blooming, with the fallen petals turning the waters a beautiful pink color. You can rent a boat and paddle across the pond or see the cherry blossoms illuminated at night. The park is a five-minute walk from Kichijoji Station. Best time to visit: late March to early AprilAnnual turnout: approximately 660,000 people ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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A photographer’s dream: five spots to visit in Yamanashi
- Yamanashi is a photographer’s dream: towering peakings, including Fuji, verdant lowlands, densely forested foothills, and charming villages and townscapes. If you point your camera anywhere in Yamanashi, you’re bound to find something worth snapping the shutter on. But just in case, here are five of the best photo spots in the prefecture. Wade into the Sea of Trees at Aokigahara Wade into the Sea of Trees at Aokigahara Running up the highlands that border the mighty peak of Fuji, the Aokigahara Forest is a stretch of virtually untouched woodland thick with sugi, cypress, red pine, hemlock, and, at higher elevations, kometsuga and Veitch's fir. The dense forest, soundtracked by birdsong, is popular with hikers on daytrips from Tokyo, who make their way down marked trails or over to Fugaku Wind Cave and the Narusawa Ice Cave, both photogenic spots in their own right. The trail out from Saiko Bat Cave also offers some great views of Mount Fuji. Nature photographers are treated to a fascinating ecosystem of small mammals and birds. Putting aside the warmed-over pop culture depictions of the place, it’s a good idea—and this goes for any place in the country—to read up on the history of the forest, and be respectful of the place. Counterfeit a 1000 yen view at Lake Motosu Counterfeit a 1000 yen view at Lake Motosu If you’ve ever idly wondered about the etching on the reverse side of a 1000 yen note… Okada Koyo snapped the original photo, now embellished with cherry blossoms, from the shores of Lake Motosu. One of the bodies of water that make up the Fuji Five Lakes, a group of lakes at the base of Mt. Fuji, Motosu is a surrounded by hiking trails heading out to spots with great views of the surrounding landscape. After snapping your own shots, pay tribute to the man himself at the Koyo Okada Photo Art Museum near Oshino Hakkai, and check out the large format rig that captured the shot on the back of the 1000 yen bill. Step back in time at Oshino Hakkai Step back in time at Oshino Hakkai If you do stop by Okada’s museum, Oshino Hakkai is worth checking out (or vice-versa). The eight seas (hakkai) in the name refer to the eight ponds fed by underground springs. An open-air museum has been put up around the largest of the ponds, with thatched-roof huts done up in a traditional style. The views from Oshino Hakkai of Mount Fuji are impressive, especially with the olde tyme cottages in the foreground—weather permitting, of course. Step back in time at Oshino Hakkai Lake Kawaguchi Lake Kawaguchi Set within the boundaries of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Lake Kawaguchi has been popular with photographers in particular since the late-1800s when early daguerreotype equipment was dragged out to Yamanashi to snap pictures of the sacred mountain. Apart from the views of Fuji, the shoreline of the lake offers up plenty of other views. With each season a new face is revealed: area’s desolate beauty is only enhanced by the coming of midwinter snow, the green of the surrounding hills and the shade of the forest in the summer, and many will say that autumn is the time to come, when the hills are lit red with autumn foliage and clear skies give the best views of Mount Fuji and the surrounding landscape. Chureito Pagoda Chureito Pagoda Part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine, the Chureito Pagoda is a steep climb up from the main complex, making it the perfect model to pose in the foreground of Fuji shots. In the autumn, when the leaves turn and Tokyoites make the pilgrimage out to the Fuji Five Lakes to see the foliage, the area teems with visitors. But make your way there midweek, a bit later in the season, and things will be almost peaceful. Take a classic shot of Chureito Pagoda, the valley below and the majestic Mount Fuji towering over all. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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Yamanashi Main Areas
Yamanashi prefecture is the proud home of one of Japan’s most celebrated icons: Mount Fuji. Although the mountain straddles both Yamanashi and Shizuoka, the most breathtaking views of Fuji-san can be seen from the Fuji Five Lakes north of the mountain in Yamanashi prefecture. The plethora of outdoor activities in and around the lakes all have the benefit of the country’s highest mountain as their backdrop, and we can assure you that it is an unforgettable sight.
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