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1 : On The Hillside Path Where The Cherry Bloss...


This park was the site of the 1970 World Exhibition. It is now home to more than 5,000 cherry trees, one of the highest concentrations in Japan. The trees line paths that meander through the public park. Using your JR Pass, take the Osaka Monorail to Banpaku Kinen Koen Station.




1 : On The Hillside Path Where The Cherry Bloss...



Arashiyama, a suburb of Kyoto is also a top choice to visit during cherry blossom season. Not only for the temples, gardens and parks but the hillside is covered in wild cherry trees in bloom. You can take a trip up the river on a traditional style riverboat with a backdrop of sakura or take in the view from the Sagano scenic railway. After a day walking around soak your weary feet in the foot onsen at the station before heading back into the city.


Public parks, rivers, and other attractions where cherry trees are found will fill up with the smell of barbecue, food stalls, and the sound of celebrations during the season. So popular are the seasonal festivities, it can be hard to find a space in some of the more popular viewing locations.


Hot Tip: Once you know where to see the cherry trees blossom and when to get there, keep in mind that hanami can get very competitive as everyone wants to ensure that they get the best spot. Wherever you are headed, be sure to get there early!


Be careful how much fun you have during your hanami celebrations, as the cherry trees are sensitive to cuts and bruises. Cuts to the bark or roots of the tree can lead to rot that spreads across the whole tree, causing it to die. Be careful where you lay your picnic blanket and treat the trees with the respect they deserve.


During the middle of April, the Osaka branch of the national mint offers over 500 meters of cherry-tree-lined paths located within the grounds of this prestigious building. With some 350 trees in full bloom, these late-blooming, double-petal varieties are some of the rarest in the city, making a visit to this unusual location very worthwhile.


As the most famous spot in the city to enjoy hanami, Maizuru Park was built around the ruins of Fukuoka Castle. During late March through to early April, the cherry blossoms reach full bloom, creating a beautiful sea of pink blossoms contrasted against the blue of the ocean where the castle grounds jut out to meet the water.


Running about 7 kilometers long and 36 meters wide, the road is very straight and is lined with some 3,000 sakura trees. Considered to be the longest row of cherry trees anywhere in Japan, a drive along this stretch of the Nijukken Road is like driving through a tunnel of cherry blossoms.


As home to the last blooming cherry trees in Japan, the Buddhist temple of Seiryu-Ji can be found in the easternmost city of Nemuro. It is also where some of the oldest cherry trees in Japan can be found and features around 30 Chishima-zakura trees, one of which is said to be an impressive 150 years old.


No country knows how to enjoy and celebrate the natural phenomenon of the cherry blossom season better than Japan. An amazing country, where stark modern cities sit side by side with ancient landmarks, the hanami festival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be enjoyed by everyone visiting Japan during the spring.


a) Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine: This is an important shrine in the geographical center of the city of Kamakura, Japan and also a lot of trail gates along the way. Flanking the main approach to the shire are two ponds, both representing two different clans. The pedestrian path in the center of Wakamiya Oji street is lined with several hundred cherry trees. Enry is free but a museum visit costs around 200 yen.


Takada Castle: This beautiful spot has over 4000 cherry blossoms and it is illuminated at night with lanterns. The Sakura Road is a path lined with cherry blossoms and during the Cherry Blossom season, the entire road is lit up with a variety of events being held.


c) Nishi Park: Amongst the top 100 best cherry blossom spots in Japan, with over a thousand cherry trees on the hillside park, this place is well known for the Terumo Shrine. The park provides a lush green space for picnics. The few plum trees interspersed between the cherry trees bloom slightly earlier but no less spectacularly.


c) Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park: This is a mountain side park in Matsushima and the 260 cherry trees planted on the hillside here usually bloom several days later than those around Sendai. The panoramic overlook of the Bay makes this one of the best places to see cherry blossoms. This park also has a cafe with beautiful views.


Edohigan: A hybrid type of cherry blossoms, it has small, pale-pink petals which blooms from early to mid-April. This is one of the earliest bloomers for cherry blossoms in Japan wherein the white petals are stunning and the color of the petals are so light that they look white when clustered together.


Formally a dairy farm, the park located in northwest Toronto is home to the second largest collection of cherry blossoms. For the dreamiest views of the blooming trees, take the pathway along Rathburn Road at the northeast of the Centennial Park Conservatory just west of Elmcrest Road.


The backdrop of the CN Tower through the ethereal vision of blooming pink trees offers what might be the most Toronto view of the cherry blossoms. Be sure to take the path from Trinity Circle to the corner of Gore Vale Avenue and Queen Street West for the best sighting!


There are many places in Japan where one can enjoy the cherry blossom season and each celebrates the festival in its own unique way. Below we have included some of our favorite spots for experiencing hanami.


Today, Ueno Park is one of Tokyo's most lively cherry blossom spots with more than 1,000 cherry trees lining its central pathway. The cherry blossoms are usually in bloom during late March and early April and attract very many hanami parties.


The Philosopher's Path is a stone path through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district. It runs parallel to a canal that is lined with hundreds of cherry trees. Usually, in early April these trees explode with color, making this a great place for enjoying the cherry blossoms while taking a peaceful walk.


Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage, jutting out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. This stage affords visitors a beautiful view of the countless cherry and maple trees below, that bloom in a sea of color in spring and fall.


From Asakusa station it is about a 30-minute train ride and a 10-minute walk to Ueno Park, where you can enjoy watching 1,400 cherry blossom trees. At the site of the park, there are temples, shrines, museums and the zoo. Ueno Zoo is perfect for a family trip to get up close to friendly animals, including popular giant pandas!


Nara is home to world-famous ancient temples and shrines, including Todaiji Temple and Kofukuji Temple.Nara Park is a perfect spot to enjoy watching beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom and feeding friendly wild deer roaming around the peaceful park.Mt. Yoshino is the most popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Nara which boasts about 200 different types of cherry blossoms spreading out across the hillside of the symbolic mountain.


This huge park encompasses a number of ancient ruins, highlighting the past of Matsumae Castle. There are a number of walking paths enticing you for a leisurely stroll from which you can enjoy the cherry blossom trees of the area.


Witnessing the cherry blossoms in Japan is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. In this guide, we breakdown when and where the best places celebrate the cherry blossom festival in Japan.


Luckily, because this season has become a worldwide phenomenon, there are cherry blossom forecasts and tracking apps that predict peak dates with very high accuracy. Using these apps, you can get a pretty good idea of when and where you need to be for the best blooms around the country.


I ventured to the nearby cemetery, where a line of cherry trees ascends to the top of a rise. But these trees had already shed their blooms; there were no pink-and-white petals to spy. I remembered two glorious trees on a nearby hillside. I found the hill and the trees, but they were ablaze with burgundy leaves.


I remembered the precise spot where I had been standing, in the middle of the bridge with the sunlight glinting off the canal. I remembered the blossoming branches that had arced over the water on both sides, the breeze that had stirred the boughs, and the faint perfume of the petals that had descended from the sky. A young woman in a white blouse and pink vest smiled behind a street cart selling cherry blossom gelato, and a path-side coffeeshop advertised cherry blossom cheesecake. A trio of schoolgirls in pink and blue kimonos giggled by. And all along the path, dozens of walkers from at least a dozen countries oohed and aahed at the blooms, and Instagram addicts preened as they waited in a queue.


Thank you, dear Don, for those comforting and inspiring lines. Here, in Tel aviv, we are not blessed with cherry trees. But when quarantine seems unbearable I gaze at the three small pebbles I brought back from the Iya valley and pretend that somewhere, not far away, twelve other hidden rocks complete the scene and this helps bring me inner peace.


Once we arrived at our destination in Nago, we were greeted with a row of trees blooming with cherry blossoms that lined the road to the parking lot. We were also greeted with construction on the road that led further up the hill side to what we presumed to be parking for the castle. Unfortunately, even the walking pathways up the hill were blocked and we were left to meander at the bottom of the hill with only a few sakura to admire near the parking lot.


Christmas trees are probably the first conifers that come to mind, or possibly a scenic pine forest with a needle-strewn floor. The Gotelli Conifer Collection is proof of just how much more is out there: See a stunning seafoam-green atlas cedar that resembles a spiky mop of a weeping willow, a dwarf blue spruce the size and shape of a small boulder, and trees whose needles are icy blue, sunset gold or electric lime green. The contrasts in shape, texture and color are most striking when you can take a step back to compare, so take a moment to pause in an attractive hillside pagoda or at one of the wooden benches along the grassy paths. 041b061a72


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