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Top 10 Breathtaking Cherry Blossom Spots to See in Japan

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Top 10 Breathtaking Cherry Blossom Spots to See in Japan

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Nothing trumps the glory of mother nature’s beauty. Every spring season, people bit adieu to winter and say hello to new beginnings. Cherry blossom trees are so popular not only because of its delicate blooms of varying shades, but ultimately an annual Hanami makes us appreciate living a life full of harvest.

The Japan Weather Association has recently released their annual Sakura forecast for the year 2016. Generally, here are the predicted schedules of Japan’s cherry blossoms this 2016:

Tokyo – Starting March 25, 2016
Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara) – Starting March 28, 2016 – March 31, 2016
Northern regions of Kanto, Tohoku – Starting April 5, 2016 – April 15, 2016
Aomori region – Starting April 20, 2016 – April 25, 2016
Hokkaido – Starting May 5, 2016 – May 15, 2016

When you see the first blooms of Somei Yoshino, the five-petaled pale cherry blossom species, this signals the start of the cherry blossom season.

These 10 breathtaking cherry blossom spots all over Japan should be #1 on your bucket list. Where should you start your Hanami?

1. KAMOGAWA | Oyama Senmaida Rice Terraces

Official Website: www.senmaida.com
How to get there: From Tokyo by car through the Tokyo Bay Aqualine underwater tunnel

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2. TOKYO | Shinjuku Gyoen Garden 新宿御苑

Official Website: www.env.go.jp/garden/shinjukugyoen/english/
Dates: March 25, 2016 – April 4, 2016
How to get there: 5 minute walk from Shinjukugyoenmae Station on Marunouchi subway line

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3. KYOTO | Kiyomizudera Temple

Official Website: www.kiyomizudera.or.jp
Dates: March 28 – April 12, 2016 (Night illumination at 6-9pm)
How to get there: Take the Route 100 bus towards Kiyomizudera Gion/Ginkakuji

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4. YAMANASHI | Akarakuyama Sengen Park

Official Website: www.arakurasengen.com
Dates: Late March to early April
How to get there: 5 minute walk from Shimo-Yoshida Station on the Fujikyu Railway Line

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5. TOKYO | Inokashira Onshi Park 井の頭恩賜公園

Dates: March 25, 2016 – April 4, 2016
How to get there: Kichioji Station

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6. HOKKAIDO | Lawn Cherry Takinoue Park Shibazakura Festival

Dates: Mid-May – Early June
How to get there: JR Sekihoku Main Line Kamikawa Station

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7. MIYAGI | Sakura Tunnel, Ogawara Park

Dates: Late March to Early April
How to get there: 9 minutes away from Ogawara Station

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8. NARA | Mount Yoshino 吉野山

Official Website: www.town.yoshino.nara.jp
Dates: March 28, 2016 – May 6, 2016
How to get there: Take the shuttle bus that operates between Yoshino Station and the Naka Senbon area

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9. AOMORI | Hirosaki Castle Park

Official Website: www.hirosaki-kanko.or.jp
Dates: Late April to Late May
How to get there: 1 minute walk from bus stop Shiyakusho-mae-koen-iriguchi via Konan Bus

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10. ONOMICHI | Senko-ji Temple

Official Website: www.ononavi.com
How to get there: JR Onomichi Station, View from the ropeway is 10 minutes away

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