Welcome to Japan in the cherry blossom season
UpdateMarch 8, 2018
ReleaseMarch 8, 2018
There are great places to view cherry blossoms in season relatively close to Tokyo. Take a short trip to one or more of such places using the JR TOKYO Wide Pass.
Arakurayama Sengen Park / Yamanashi PrefectureIn spring, this park is a perfect place to take a great photo of Mount Fuji with about 650 blooming Someiyoshino cherry trees along with a five-story pagoda, Fuji yoshida Chureito Monument. Enjoy an overwhelming view!
Peak season: mid-April to late Apri / Access: 10-min walk from Shimoyoshida Station
Komoro-joshi Kaikoen (the Komoro Castle’s ruins which are now called Kaikoen) / Nagano Prefecture
Centered mainly on the Baba area, commanding a view of the Chikuma River, about 500 cherry trees of various kinds, including Someiyoshino, Higanzakura, and Komoro-yae-benishidare, a double weeping dark-red cherry indigenous to Komoro, bloom gorgeously in season.
Peak season: mid-April to late April / Access: 3-min walk from Komoro Station
Yuzawa Central Park / Niigata PrefectureEnjoy a beautiful contrast between the pink color of cherry blossoms and the white color of remaining snow on distant mountains. The park has 90 Someiyoshino trees, 30 weeping cherry trees, and 280 Sargent’s cherry trees, and these blossoms are beautiful in the reflection in the park’s pond as well.
Peak season: mid-April to early May / Access: 5 min by car or 20-min walk from Echigo-Yuzawa Station
Nikko-Kaido Sakura Namiki / Tochigi Prefecture
One of the longest rows of cherry trees in all of Japan, it is about 16 km in length, stretching from Utsunomiya to Nikko. In the cherry blossom season, about 1,500 trees bloom, creating a tunnel of cherry blossoms.
Peak season: mid-April to late April / Access: 30 min by bus from Utsunomiya Station (bus fare applies)
Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi / Saitama Prefecture
A famous place for viewing cherry blossoms known since the Edo period. The row of cherry blossoms with about 500 Someiyoshino trees, stretching for about 2 km, attracts many visitors every year. The contrast between the yellow color of canola flowers and the pink color of cherry blossoms is just amazing.
Peak season: late March to early April / Access: 5-min walk from Kumagaya Station
Mobara Park / Chiba PrefectureAbout 2,850 cherry trees, including Someiyoshino, bloom around Lake Benten, adding vivid color to spring. There are well-maintained walking paths, allowing visitors to stroll around the lake while enjoying the beautiful blossoms.
Peak season: late March to early April / Access: 10 min by bus from Mobara Station (bus fare applies)
Lake Okutama / TokyoAbout 4,000 cherry trees of various kinds, including Someiyoshino, Yamazakura, and Oshimazakura, start blooming one after another, creating a wonderful contrast with the clear blue color of Lake Okutama.
Peak season: mid-April to early May / Access: 20 min by bus from Okutama Station (bus fare applies)
Miyagino Hayakawa Riverbank / Kanagawa PrefectureFor about 600 meters along Hayakawa River, about 120 Someiyoshino trees create a beautiful avenue colored in light pink. One of the most beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots in Hakone, it offers a perfect place to enjoy strolling while listening to the murmuring of the river.
Peak season: early April to mid-April / Access: 40 min by bus from Odawara Station (bus fare applies)
About “JR TOKYO Wide Pass” Validity: Three consecutive days / Prices: Adults 10,000 yen, Children 5,000 yen
Sales locations: JR EAST Travel Service Center (Narita Airport Terminal 1 / 2·3, Haneda Airport International Terminal, Tokyo, Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro sta., etc.) and other ticket counter
JR-EAST Train ReservationYou can reserve seats of JR East Shinkansen bullet trains and major limited express via “JR-EAST Train Reservation” website.
※The status of blooming may change due to weather. ※The information herein is as of January 2018.