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1. Maizuru Park [Fukuoka]

Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park is a symbol of the city, and it’s also famous as one of Fukuoka’s leading places for hanami (cherry blossom viewing), but it’s often lively with visitors even outside hanami season. There are about 1,000 cherry blossom (sakura) trees, including varieties such as Yoshino cherry and weeping cherry. Also, Ohori Park is next to Maizuru Park, and there you can enjoy hanami while riding on a boat in the lake.

During hanami season, lots of stalls are set up so you can enjoy walking around the park while eating delicious food.

During the Fukuoka Castle Sakura Matsuri festival, the trees are lit up and you can enjoy a beautiful interwoven scenery of the castle walls, turrets, and sakura. You can also see it from outside the park, so it’s fun to see it from different angles.

【Peak season】Usually late March to early April

『Fukuoka Castle Sakura Matsuri』

【Lighting period】6:00PM~10:00PM between March 25th and April 3rd, 2017

HP:http://saku-hana.jp/lang/en.html

HP:http://saku-hana.jp/lang/ch.html(中文)

HP:http://saku-hana.jp/(Japanese)

 

[About Maizuru Park]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: 8 minutes from Akasaka Station or Ohori Park Station 

Address: Jouchi 1, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Google Map)

HP: www.midorimachi.jp/park/detail.php?code=302001(Japanese Only)

2. Nishi Park [Fukuoka] 

This is a popular hanami spot near Tenjin in the center of Fukuoka. There are about 1,300 trees with many variations that you can enjoy including Yoshino cherry, Oshima cherry, mountain cherry, and weeping cherry.

The park becomes full of people during hanami season and stalls are also set up. It’s nice to leisurely walk around the wide grounds. During the season, the trees are lit up between 6 and 8 PM, so you can be bewitched by the magical sight of the lit-up sakura that have a different atmosphere than during the day.

【Peak season】Usually late March to early April

 

[About Nishi Park]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: 15 minute walk from Ohori Park Station 

Address: Nishi Koen 13, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Google Map)

HP: www.nishikouen.jp/lang/en.pdf

HP:www.nishikouen.jp/lang/kan.pdf(中文)

HP: www.nishikouen.jp/(Japanese)

 

3. Katsuyama Park (Kokura Castle) [Kitakyushu] 

Katsuyama Park, the home of the popular Kitakyushu sightseeing spot Kokura Castle, is also a popular hanami spot. The sight of Kokura Castle and the sakura that can only be seen during this period creates a fleeting spectacle. There are about 300 trees and they’re lit up at night during peak season.

Even though it’s the middle of a city, you can see the beautiful Japanese white-eye, a bird that is said to be the herald of spring in Japan.

The inside of the castle is lit-up during the period too so it becomes a mystical world that you can’t experience anywhere else. Try enjoying the night sakura lit up by gentle lanterns.

【Peak season】Usually late March to late April

 

[About Katsuyama Park (Kokura Castle)]

Opening Hours: The plaza in front of the main castle is open from 6:00AM~6:30PM but it’s lit up until 10:00 PM

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: 10 minutes from Kokura Station 

Address: Jouchi 2-1, Kokura Kita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka  (Google Map)

HP: www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/kensetu/file_0203.html(Japanese Only)

4. Akizuki Sugi no Baba [Akizuki]

Asakura is a city almost smack-dab in the middle of Fukuoka, and it takes about an hour from the center of the city of Fukuoka to get there by train. Akizuki is an area called “Kyushu’s little Kyoto,” and it’s famous for being an area with a great traditional look. During hanami season, the 500m Baba-doori street is surrounded on both sides by around 200 blooming trees, so you can enjoy a tunnel of sakura connecting above your head.

Since the traditional castle town atmosphere remains in this area, it’s particularly lovely to take a leisurely walk down Baba-doori.

There are many shops in the area that have the traditional Japanese atmosphere. During the blooming season, the sakura are lit by naked light bulbs so it becomes an even more enchanting sight.

【Peak season】Usually late March to early April

『Akizuki Haru Matsuri』Scheduled for April 1st, 2017 (*held the first Sunday of April annually) 

 

[About Akizuki Sugi no Baba]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: None

Price/fee: Free

Access: 19 minutes by bus after alighting at Amagi Station, right by the Kyodokan 

Address: Akizukinotori, Asakura-shi, Fukuoka (Google Map)

HP: www.city.asakura.lg.jp/www/contents/1297662798695/(Japanese Only)

5. Miyajidake Jinja [Fukutsu]】

Fukutsu is in the northern part of Fukuoka and takes about 25 minutes by express train from JR Hakata Station. Miyajidake Jinja is a shrine that’s famous as one of Fukuoka’s leading hanami spots. About 2,000 trees bloom around the grounds in the spring. They have many varieties including Yoshino cherry and Taiwan cherry, so you can enjoy hanami for a long period of time.

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Miyajidake Jinja is a popular spot because the enshrined deity offers blessings for good business, but it’s especially lively during hanami season, when around 100,000 people visit. Check out their annual Sakura Matsuri.

On the right side of the main shrine is a tree called the “lucky sakura,” and it blooms the earliest of all the trees in Miyajidake Jinja. The season is from mid-January to early March.

【Peak season】Usually late March to mid-April

『Sakura Matsuri』Scheduled for March 25th to April 9th, 2017

 

[About Miyajidake Jinja]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: 6 minutes by bus from Fukuma Station’s Miyaji exit then a 3 minute walk from Miyajidake Jinja-mae bus stop 

Address: Miyaji Motomachi 7-1, Fukutsu-shi, Fukuoka (Google Map)

HP: www.miyajidake.or.jp/images/en/booklet.pdf

HP: www.miyajidake.or.jp/(Japanese)

6. Asai no Ipponzakura [Kurume]

Kurume is in the center of Fukuoka, and is about 30 minutes away by train from the city of Fukuoka. The 100 year old sakura tree in Asai is a particularly recommended sight. It’s a magnificent mountain cherry tree that’s 18m tall with a 4.3m diameter trunk. The beauty of the tree will make you fall in love at first sight.

The Asai Ipponzakura looks different if you look at it in the morning, afternoon, and evening. The sight of the sakura reflected in the lake is magical. Because it’s just a single tree, its beauty will blow you away.

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It’s lit up between 7 and 9 PM, so you can enjoy it looking different from during the day. You’ll understand why so many people visit it yearly even though it’s a single tree.

【Peak season】Usually early to mid-April 

 

[About Asai no Ipponzakura]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: 5 minutes by taxi or a 30 minute walk from Zendoji Station 

Address: Mino 1151, Yamamoto-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka (Google Map)

HP: www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/en/event/?mode=detail&id=402036000083&isSpot=1

HP: www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/tw/event/?mode=detail&id=402036000083&isSpot=1(中文)

HP: www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/event/?mode=detail&id=402036000083&isSpot=1(Japanese)

7. Kurume Hyakunen Park [Kurume] 

This park is also in Kurume, and it’s a park that’s usually full of people. There is a line of about 200 cherry blossoms along the banks of Kyushu’s only large river, the Chikugo River. You can enjoy hanami while gazing out at the flowing river surface. 

If you go in the early morning, you can enjoy the sight of the trees by yourself. Of course, when the sakura are in full bloom is when it’s the most popular season, but going when they first begin to bloom or after they start to fall have their own beauty, so you can fully experience the season.

If you look up from below the trees, you can see the pink flowers against the blue sky. Also, there are also sakura at the Nakahiide Park on the east side of the nearby shopping center Yume Town, so why not head in that direction while walking along the river?

【Peak season】Usually late March to early April

 

[About Kurume Hyakunen Park]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: 40 minutes via bus from Kurume Station, right by Hyakunen Koen-mae bus stop 

Address: Hyakunen Koen 2432-1, Kurume-shi, Fukuoma (Google Map)

HP: www.city.kurume.fukuoka.jp.e.ax.hp.transer.com/

HP: www.city.kurume.fukuoka.jp.t.ax.hp.transer.com/(繁体字)

HP: www.city.kurume.fukuoka.jp/1050kurashi/2120dourokasen/3030kouen/2009-0618-1017-221.html(Japanese)

8. Habu Park [Nakama]

Nakama is in the northern part of the prefecture, just an hour away from the city of Fukuoka. The biggest park in the city is Habu Park, and 1,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in the spring so it becomes filled with people.

Inside the park is a large lake, and a red bridge over it that connects to the grounds of Habu Shrine. You can also ride a boat (300 yen for 30 minutes) and enjoy the sight of the sakura from the water.

During the Echizen Nakama Sakura Matsuri, you can enjoy the sight of the sakura lit up between 6 and 9 PM. Also, there are clusters of horizontal graves from the Kofun period within the grounds, so it’s definitely an interesting site.

【Peak season】Usually late March to early April 

『Echizen Nakama Sakura Matsuri』Scheduled for March 22nd to April 9th, 2017 (may change depending on the condition of the sakura) 

 

[About Habu Park]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: 5 minute walk from Chikuzen-Habu Station 

Address: Habuyatsuhiro 428, Nakama-shi, Fukuoka (Google Map)

HP: www.city.nakama.lg.jp/kurashi/kyoiku/bunka-sports/koen/(Japanese Only)

9. Kafuri Park [Itoshima]

Itoshima, which faces the Genkai Sea on the western side of Fukuoka, is about 40 minutes away by train from the city of Fukuoka. Kafuri Park is a park constructed on cliff facing the sea. It’s known for its sakura, and has about 300 trees on the grounds.

Since it’s on a slightly elevated cliff, there are ups and downs so please go in shoes that are easy to walk in. The trees stretch up to the observation deck so you can take a nice walk while admiring the flowers.

It’s a popular park since it has a great view of the ocean, and the only place you can see both Kafuri Bay and Itoshima Fuji is from here. On clear days you can even see the Genkai Sea and Orono Island. It’s a popular spot that’s surprisingly close to central Fukuoka.

【Peak season】Usually late March to early April

 

[About Kafuri Park]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: 15 minutes from Kafuri Station

Address:  Kafuri 702-1, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka (Google Map)

 

HP: www.itoshima-kanko.net/?p=2086 (Japanese only)

10. Hosshin Park【Kurume】

This park in Kurume is a popular hanami spot just 30 minutes away from the center of Fukuoka. This park is famous for having been a spot beloved by Natsume Soseki, one of Japan’s most famous authors. It was also a hanami spot for the Kurume daimyo (feudal lord), and has about 170 trees.

There are various types of trees here, including Yoshino cherry, double-flowered cherry, and mountain cherry. There are plazas throughout the park with nice views, so please search for the place you like best.

Beyond the fully blooming sakura, below your sight will be Kusano, an area full of old buildings. You might be able to understand why this area was beloved by historical daimyo and authors alike as you gaze at this sakura

【Peak season】Usually late March to early April 

 

[About Hosshin Park]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: 20 minutes from Chikugo-Kusano Station JR久大本線筑後草野駅下車、徒歩約20分

Address: Kusano 664-1, Kusano-cho, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka (Google Map)

HP: www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/en/event/?mode=detail&id=402036000081&isSpot=1&isEvent=

HP: www.kurume-hotomeki.jp.t.ax.hp.transer.com/jp/jp/event/?mode=detail&id=402036000081&isSpot=1&isEvent=(繁体字)

HP: www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/jp/jp/event/?mode=detail&id=402036000081&isSpot=1&isEvent=(Japanese)

11. Kurume Castle Ruins【Kurume】

This is another popular spot in Kurume for hanami. Kurume Castle is actually the ruins of the castle built by the daimyo Arima clan in 1620 that was in use for about 250 years. The sight of the ruins among the sakura are a charming Japanese scenery. Since it’s forbidden to have parties or gatherings on the grounds, this place is recommended for people that simply want to enjoy the flowers.

It was a famous castle called Sasahara Castle, but now only the stone walls and the facade facing the moat remain. The sight of the sakura blooming without change in the face of lost history is heart-wrenching.

The street leading to the Kurume Castle Ruins is also lined with sakura, so you can enjoy the beautiful sight of petals falling from your car window.

【Peak season】Usually late March to early April

 

[About Kurume Castle Ruins]

Opening Hours: None

Closed: Never

Price/fee: Free

Access: A 3 minute walk from Daigaku Byoin bus stop, which is 7 minutes from Kurume Station

Address: 福岡県久留米市篠山町444 (Google Map)

HP: www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/en/event/?mode=detail&isSpot=1&id=402036000001

HP: www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/tw/event/?mode=detail&isSpot=1&id=402036000001(繁体字)

HP: www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/event/?mode=detail&isSpot=1&id=402036000001(Japanese)

 

There are many hanami spots around Fukuoka, so you can enjoy the sakura from the very start of the blooms. If you buy food from stalls or bring in a bento from your favorite restaurant, it will definitely be even more delicious because of the beauty of the flowers!

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