[MHN Tokyo] If you’re excited about spring, it’s time to go enjoy cherry blossoms. Planning on a cherry blossom tour? How about Tokyo or Osaka for a fully loaded Cherry Blossom trip?
Japan’s touring ministry announced that Tokyo’s cherry blossoms will fully bloom from between March 22nd to April 1st. How about searching up those flight tickets to get ready for a cherry blossom tour in Japan?
Shinjuku is usually known for shopping. But let’s visit it this time for the cherry blossoms. Shinjuku Park is only a ten minute walk away from Shinjuku station. The beauty of Shinjuku Park’s cherry blossoms was famous since the Meiji era back in the late 19th century. It’s a special site where you can see the round shaped double-petal cherry blossoms. So don’t forget to fully charge your cell phones and cameras if you’re planning to visit. Cherry blossoms aren’t the only beauty you will find here. The gardens that are designed in a Japanese, English and French style will also keep you busy flashing the camera lights.
- Near metro station: Shinjuku Kyoenmae Station, Sendagaya Station
- Entrance fee: Adult 200 Yen, Elementary, Middle School Students 50 Yen, Underage free / Off Mondays
Have you ever walked around a weeping cherry tree that is hanging over almost as if it would touch the ground? The richer aroma of cherry blossoms will enlighten your heart as well as the pink petals. Go to Likugien for such experience, where gorgeous weeping cherry trees are awaiting. It’s beautiful in the day but the lights at night create another mood. It’s also famous for its fall leaves in autumn
- Near metro station: Goma-gomae Station or Sengoku Station
- Entrance Fee: Adult 300 Yen, Over 65 150 Yen, Under elementary Free
- Late-night open season: 2017 March 16th ~ April 2nd, open until 21PM. / Entrance closed 30 minutes to closing.
Ya-es Cherry Blossom Street
If you’re wondering what Tokyo’s city cherry blossoms would be like, try Ya-es’ cherry blossom street. It’s very close to Tokyo station so it’s a hassle-free stop to check out in a short time if you’re around the airport. Not only is it filled with tourists but also with people who just got out of work. If you’re getting hungry after the walk, try out Tokyo’s Ramen Street where the most delicious Ramens are being served.
- Near metro station: Tokyo Station
Osaka’s castle is a hotspot for cherry blossoms too, but Kemasakuranomiya Park is also one of the most beloved hotspot for cherry blossoms. Troll along the stream of Okawa, where cherry trees are lined up 4.2km long. It’s also close to Osaka’s first Western architecture, Senpukan, the Osaka Mint Bureau, and the Fujita Art Museum, guaranteeing more to sight see.
- Near metro station: Osakajokitatsmae Station, Sakuranomiya Station
The Osaka Mint Bureau
There is a total of 350 cherry trees of 134 different breeds planted at the Osaka Mint Bureau. What a collection of different cherry trees! The blooming season for the trees differs from breeds so a colorful vibe is created every time you visit. How about checking out the various shapes and colors of cherry blossoms? It’s also special in its way of opening to the public only once a year for a week when it’s blooming season. The Mint Bureau picked “Woocon” as this year’s cherry blossom, a cherry tree with a slight yellow shade so let’s go to see it for real.
- Near metro station: Denmanbashi Station, Osakatenmangu Station, Osakajyokitatsmae Station
- Open Season: 2017, April 11th ~ April 17th, From 10AM ~ 21PM in weekdays, 9AM ~ 21PM in weekends. Entrance closed 30 minutes prior to closing.
- Entrance Fee: Free
How’s a cherry blossom hike instead of a walk? You’ll be able to experience the priceless view of more than thirty-thousand cherry trees covering Yoshino Mountain. To be precise, it’s a mountain in Nara Hyun which is an hour and a half train ride from Osaka but the breathtaking view will be worth it. Plus, they run an express train during the cherry blossom season. Cherry blossoms on Yoshino Mountain bloom up from the start of April to the end of the month, which is why you should visit if you missed out Osaka. If you’re afraid of hiking don’t worry, there are cable cars and buses as well.
- Directions : Take the Yoshino line train at Osaka’s Abenobashi Station, or take the Kintenz train from Yoshinoguchi Station