Kumamoto Castle (Kagoshima Prefecture ・Kumamoto City)
Kumamoto Castle is one of three very famous castles in Japan. The cherry blossoms can be viewed here roughly in the last week or so of March until around the tenth of April.
Kintaikyou (Yamaguchi Prefecture ・Iwakuni City)
Also appearing on the calendar as a famous place is the blooming cherry blossoms on the banks of the Nishiki River and Kintaikyou. The cherry blossoms can be viewed roughly around the beginning of April.
Nara Park (Nara City, Nara Prefecture)
In Nara Park, various kinds of cherry blossoms, such as Nara Yae-zakura (double cherry), Kokonoe-zakura (ninefold cherry), Japanese cherry and Yoshino cherry, paint spring with their early or late-blooming flowers one after another. The best time to see cherry blossoms here is from the end of March to the end of April.
Kenroku-en (Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture)
Takato Joshi Park
Some people say that cherry blossoms around the Takato Castle, “Takato Kohigan-zakura”, are the best in Japan. The best time is from about the beginning to the middle of April.
Koganei Park (Koganei City, Tokyo)
Located in the suburb of Tokyo, Koganei Park is a place famous for its cherry blossoms. Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is in the Park.Cherry blossoms are in full bloom around early April.
Hirosaki castle (Hirosaki-city, Aomori)
It is possible to say that the cherry blossoms at the Hirosaki castle symbolize spring in Tohoku. Twenty-six thousand trees of 50 species bloom all at once. You can see the full-bloom around late April to early May.
Matsumae castle (Matsumae-cho, Hokkaido)
The Matsumae castle probably is the most noted for its cherry blossoms in Japan, and has been given a title as “Sakura-no-sato” (cherry blossom village) by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association. Ten thousand trees of 250 species are waiting to bloom. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom around late April to late May.