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1. Motomachi Park [Yamate]

Hanami is a Japanese tradition in which a group of people get together to view sakura (cherry blossom) and generally to have fun (usually involves a lot of drinking).

Motomachi Park is a quite, nice park in Motomachi, Yokohama. Around 80 sakura trees are planted in this neatly organized park. It’s located pretty close from the central part of Yokohama, so you can come and take a casual walk here on your way back from shopping.

There are some old western buildings from Meiji period around this park, which often make you forget what country you are at. A lighthouse-like telephone booth is a famous spot for photo shoots among the locals. 

Standing right next to the park, Christ Church is a historic protestant church that was built in the mid 20th century. It is open to the public every Saturday and holds services everyday but Mondays, so you may want to check it out before/after the hanami.

【Best Time to Visit】 late March – early April

 

[About Motomachi Park]

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Closed: N/A

Price/fee: Free

Access: 8 min walk from Motomachi・Chukagai Station on Minato Mirai Line

Address: 1-77-4 Motomach, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: www.hama-midorinokyokai.or.jp/park/motomachi/ (Japanese Only)

2. Mitsuike Park [Tsurumi]

Mitsuike Park is listed on “Japan’s Top 100 Sakura Viewing Sites”. In the park, around 1600 Sakura trees of 78 different kinds can be seen. Because of this high diversity, the season for Hanami in this park lasts longer than 2 months, despite the average Hanami season being about 2 week-long.

70% of Sakura you see in Mitsuike is Someiyoshino (Prunus yedoensis) which is the most common sakura species in Japan. But you may come across other kinds of sakura with more flowers or richer colors, etc.

There are 3 ponds in the park, and the common way of enjoying the sakura is viewing it while walking around the ponds. There is also a cottage by the ponds so you can relax and have a little break while enjoying the view.

【Best Time to visit】 mid February – late April

 

[About Mitsuike Park]

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Closed: N/A

Price/fee: Free

Access: 15 min on a city bus (Shin-Yokohama Station bond) from JR Keihin Tohoku Line, Tsurumi Station, get off at Mitsuike Kouen Kitamon

Address: 1-1 Mitsuike Kouen, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: www.kanagawaparks.com/mitsuike/(Japanese Only)

3. Sankei-en [Motomachi・Chukagai]

Sankei-en is a traditional Japanese garden park with a total area of 17,5000㎡. It is located in Yokohama but it feels like you are in Kyoto. The park features about 300 sakura trees that decorate the three-storied pagoda standing in the center of the park.

Other than the tower, you can also see many beautiful architectures. Some of them are designated as the national important cultural properties, and they match the sakura in the park. This is a place for the authentic Japanese beauty.

In Japan, there is a tradition called “Yozakura”, which literally translates to “Night Cherry Blossom”. In Sankei-en, when the season comes for sakura, the park opens a bit longer than usual and things are lighted up. You don’t want to miss the majestic view of sakura at night.

【Best Time to Visit】 late March – early April

 

[About Sankei-en]

Opening Hours: 9:00AM〜5:00PM( enter before 4:30PM)、late March – early April(*2017/3/25~4/2)9:00AM~9:00PM(enter before 8:30PM)

Closed: 12/29〜31

Price/fee: above age 13: 500 JPY、below age 12: 200 JPY

Access: 15 min on a city bus (8・148 line) from Minato Mirai Line, Motomachi・Chukagai Station , get off at 三溪園入口 (Sankei-en entrance) and walk 5 min

Address: 58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: www.sankeien.or.jp/en-about/index.html

HP: www.sankeien.or.jp(Japanese Only)

4. Yokohama Negishi Forest Park [Negishi]

Yokohama Negishi Forest Park is a huge park located on top of a hill. About 350 sakura trees are planted around the grass field. People sit under these trees and enjoy their time with some fun conversation and drinks. It is a family-friendly park and filled with kids playing with family and friends.

The park used to be a horse racing track, and some of the old faculty are still there. These buildings are not open to the public but you can still enjoy the sakura planted around them.

The park also has a lot of other flowers such as roses and water lilies. Canola flowers, in particular, bloom around the same time as sakura, so it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to see them also.

【Best Time to Visit】 late March – early April

 

[About Yokohama Negishi Forest Park]

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Closed: N/A

Price/fee: Free

Access: 15 min walk from Negishi Station/Yamate Station on JR Negishi line

Address: Negishidai, Kana-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: negishi-shinrin.jp(Japanese Only)

5. Ooka River [Hinode-cho]

Along the river, around 500 sakura trees are planted over a length of 3km. The blooming season is relatively short but the view when they are in full bloom is simply stunning.

Japanese people have loved sakura not only when they bloom but also when they fall afterwards. The view of a boat cruising through the river full of fallen sakura petals is very touching, and the boat cruising is definitely worth a try.

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., they light up the trees. There will also be a street market along the river, so enjoy the sakura at night while trying Japanese festive foods.

【Best Time to Visit】 late March – early April

 

[About Ooka River]

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Closed: N/A

Price/fee: Free

Access: 4 min walk from Hinodecho Station on Keikyu Main Line

Address: 1-22 Hinode-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: river-sakura.com(Japanese Only)

6. Yamashita Park [Motomachi・Chukagai]

Yamashita Park is a park by the sea that attracts a lot of tourist attention throughout a year. The park only has 25 sakura trees but the sight of sakura with the sea in the back is something that is unique to Yokohama.

Turing back to the port, you will find Yokohama Marine Tower over sakura trees. The pinkish color of this former lighthouse matches well with sakura as well as the blue sky. It is also quite nice when the tower is lighted up at night.

The big ship you’ll see from the port is called “Hikawa-maru” and used to be a cargo passenger ship. It is now a museum and when it gets lighted up with sakura, it makes such a photogenic view.

【Best Time to Visit】 late March – early April

 

[About Yamashita Park]

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Closed: N/A

Price/fee: Free

Access: 3 min walk from Motomachi・Chukagai Station on Minato Mirai Line

Address: 279 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/yamashita-park/

HP: www.welcome.city.yokohama.jp/ja/tourism/courses/course.php?mid=m003(簡体字)

HP: www.welcome.city.yokohama.jp/ja/tourism/spot/details.php?bbid=190(Japanese Only)

7. Kishamish Promenade [Sakuragi-cho]

Kishamichi Promenade is rare promenade that goes across the sea. It is a short cut from a train station to the shopping mole, Yokohama World Porters. Sakura is planted along the road, so it is a popular site where you can enjoy both sakura and shopping.

At night, you can also enjoy the view of sakura together with skyscrapers. It is a place to be for sophisticated metropolitan people.

Just Across the sea, you will find some iconic buildings of Yokohama such as Ferris Wheel of the theme park, Cosmo World, and the sail-shaped hotel. Enjoy the night walk around the city of Yokohama.

 

【Best Time to Visit】 late March – early April

 

[About Kishamichi Promenade]

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Closed: N/A

Price/fee: Free

Access: 6 min walk from Sakuragi-cho Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line

Address: 2 Shinkou, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/kishamichi/

HP: www.welcomeyokohama.com/tc/jingdian_nr.php?id=989(繁体字)

HP: www.welcome.city.yokohama.jp/ja/tourism/spot/details.php?bbid=738(Japanese Only)

8. Kamonyama Park [Sakuragi-cho]

Kamonyama Park is known as a spot for sakura viewing with more than 200 sakura trees. The park is on a hill and you can see the central part of Yokohama from there.

In the center of the park, there is a statue of Naosuke Ii, who was a prominent daimyo (feudal lord) in 19th century Japan and promoted the opening and modernization of Japan. The statue was built when the Ii family bought the land, and its hight is over 11m. The statue with beautiful sakura will be a great view for a picture.

Although, the park is a renown place for sakura viewing, it is relatively less crowded, so you can enjoy the sakura in a relaxed mood. You are allowed to drink in the park, so it would be a good place to sit down and enjoy this unique Japanese tradition.

【Best Time to Visit】 late March – mid April

 

[About Kamonyama Park]

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Closed: N/A

Price/fee: Free

Access: 15 min walk from Sakuragi-cho Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line, Negishi Line, Yokohama Line

Address: 57 Momijigaoka, Nisi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/nishi/miryoku/kouen/kamonyamakoen.html(Japanese Only)

9. Shomyoji-Temple [Kanazawa Bunko]

If you like Japanese culture or tradition, temples are your place to be for sakura viewing. Shomyoji-Temple was built in the 13th century, and has a Jodo style garden, a garden intended to replicate the Buddhist heaven, Gokuraku Jodo. The whole place is filled with a warm and calm atmosphere.

In the temple, there are about 70 sakura trees. Particularly, the ones in the main approach is overwhelmingly beautiful. The branches grow over the approach, so when they are in full bloom, they become a tunnel made of sakura.

The temple has one very rare species of flower. “Genpei Shidare Peach” that bloom at the same time of a year as sakura, has both white and red flowers from the same tree. They are planted close to the gate, so make sure you don’t miss it.

【Best Time to Visit】 late March – early April

 

[About Shomyoji-Temple]

Opening Hours: 8:30AM〜4:30PM

Closed: N/A

Price/fee: Free

Access: 12 min walk from Kanazawa Bunko Station on Keikyu Main Line

Address: 12 Kanazawa-cho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: www.yokohama-kanazawakanko.com/spot/institution/tera/tera001.html(Japanese Only)

10. Mitsuzawa Park [Kami-cho]

Mitsuzawa Park is a athletic park that has a track and soccer field. The park is known as an orthodox sports faculty that hosts J League (Japanese professional soccer league), but it also has another face as a spot for sakura viewing. In a hill that is at the north side of the park has over 1370 sakura trees.

The hill is called “Sakura mountain” by the locals, and is filled with sakura viewing people when the season comes. The grass field that sakura is planted is vast so maybe you can still get a good spot for sakura viewing even when you casually drop by without a plan.

Sakura petals are pretty fragile and easily fallen when exposed to wind or rain. But even they are on the ground, they are still beautiful. If you walk around the park around mid April, you will see the pink carpets running through the park.

【Best Time to Visit】 late March – early April 

 

[About Mitsuzawa Park]

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Closed: N/A

Price/fee: Free

Access: 15 min walk from Mitsuzawa Kami-cho Station on the City Metro

Address: 3-1 Mitsuzawanishi-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)

HP: www.hama-midorinokyokai.or.jp/park/mitsuzawa/(Japanese Only)

 

Yokohama has both traditional and modern spots for sakura viewing. It is an attractive city with a lot of touristic spots. Take a little break from Tokyo and enjoy the great sakura views in Yokohama.

Bonus: A map of Japan’s cherry blossom forecast

Please check Japan’s cherry blossom forecast (as of March 15th) here!

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