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Cherry Blossom listings for 2020

The Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo is one of many opportunities this season to celebrate the blossoms. The festival runs March 20-April 12.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 25, 2020

Japan

TOKYO

MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2020: March 20-April 19; 150 cherry trees are in bloom and can be viewed at an open-air terrace of Tokyo Midtown Garden; 9-7-1 Akasaka Minato-ku; 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station or Nogizaka Station; 03-3475-3100; Online: tokyo-midtown.com/en
CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING AT THE TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM: March 10-April 5, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., open until 9 p.m. on Fri. and Sat.; featuring many cherry blossom-inspired artworks on display in the galleries; 620 yen for adults, 410 yen for college students, 10-minute walk from Ueno Station; 03-5777-8600; Online: www.tnm.jp
CHIDORIGAFUCHI: March-April; at the northwest canal of the Imperial Palace; one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan. The trees are illuminated 6-10 p.m.; Kudan minami 2chome Chiyo-ku, 5-minute walk from Kudan Shita Station; 
03-3556-0391. Online: visit-chiyoda.tokyo
UENO CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March 20-April 12, 5 a.m-11 p.m.; A popular cherry blossom area since the Edo era. More than 800 cherry trees around Shinobazu pond, Ueno zoo and The Tokyo National Museum; Trees are illuminated 5-8 p.m.; two-minute walk from Ueno Station. 03-3833-0030; Online: ueno.or.jp
TOSHIMAEN CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March 20-April 7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; close on March 17 and 18; Trees are illuminated dusk-8 p.m.; 500 yen for after 3 p.m., 3-25-1 Mukouyama, Nerima-ku; Toshimaen Station; 03-3990-8800; Online: toshimaen.co.jp/index.html
JINDAI BOTANICAL GARDEN CAMELLIA & CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March 10-April 12, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays; 620 camellias and 720 cherry trees bloom starting in mid-March; 500 yen for adults, 250 yen for age under 15; 5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu-shi; Bus from Mitaka Station or Chofu Station; 0424-83-2300; Online: www.tokyo-park.or.jp/jindai
RIKUGI-EN GARDEN: March 20-April 2, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Rikugi-en, a garden built in Edo Period, is famous for the drooping cherry trees; Trees are illuminated dusk-9 p.m.; 300 yen for adults; 6 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku; 7-minute walk from Komagome Station; 03-3941-2222. Online: www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index031.html
SUMIDA RIVER CHERRY FESTIVAL: March 20- April 10; a row of cherry blossom trees continues about 1 km on both banks on the river. Trees are illuminated 6:30-9 p.m.; five-minute walk from Asakusa Station. 03-5608-6951. Online: visit-sumida.jp
SHINJUKU GYOEN: March 25-April 24, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 144-acre park in Shinjuku, famous viewing spot of 1,000 cherry trees; alcohol prohibited; 250 yen for seniors and under 15; 500 yen for 18 and older; 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station; 03-3350-0151. Online: env.go.jp/garden/shinjukugyoen
INOKASHIRA PARK: March-April; 500 cherry trees around the pond at Inogashira Park, illuminated 6-10 p.m.; Gotenyama 1chome, Murashino-shi; 10-minute walk from Kichijoji Station; 0422-47-6900. 
FUSSA CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March 28-April 5; 500 cherry trees along the banks of the Tama River, illuminated 5-9 p.m.; Free parking available on weekends; 1-12-1 Minamidenen Fussa-shi, 10-minute walk from JR Kumagawa Station; 042-551-1740. Online: www.city.fussa.tokyo.jp/sightseeing/osusumeevent/sakura/1009352.html

KANAGAWA 

ODAWARA CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March 25-April 6; about 320 cherry blossom trees at Odawara Castle Park; illuminated 6-9 p.m.;10-minute walk from Odawara Station; 3-30 Shiroyama, Odawara;  Tourist Association 0465-33-1521. Online: odawaracastle.com
TSUKAYAMA PARK CHERRY BLOSSOM: March-April; about 1,000 cherry blossom trees on the hill with a view of Yokosuka Port; Nishiihemicho 3-chome Yokosuka-shi; 25-minute walk from Itsumi or Anjinzuka Station; 046-822-2575. Online: kanagawa-park.or.jp/tsukayama/access.html
SANKEIEN GARDEN: March-April, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; seasonal flowers and historic buildings in the garden; 700 yen for adult; 58-1 Sannotani Honmoku Naka-ku Yokohama; 10-minute bus ride from Negishi Station; 045-621-0634. Online: sankeien.or.jp

SAITAMA

GONGENDO PARK CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March 25-April 9; known as one of the best sites for cherry blossoms in Japan, it has 1,000 cherry trees along a roughly half-mile-long dike; 30-minute walk from Satte Station. Shuttle bus service is available. 20-minute drive from Kuki IC on Tohoku Express; 0480-44-0873 or 0480-43-1111. Online: satte-k.com/event/sakura/index.html

GUNMA

TAKASAKI CASTLE RUIN: March-April; 300 cherry trees along the Takasaki Castle Ruin’s moat. Jyoshi Kouen Takamatsu-machi, Takasaki-shi; 15-minute walk from Takasaki Station or 15-minute ride from Takasaki I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 027-321-1257. Online: www.city.takasaki.gunma.jp/kankou/history/
IWAI SHINSUI PARK NARCISSUS FESTIVAL AND CHERRY BLOSSOM: April 1-21, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; More than 300,000 narcissuses to bloom on a farm next to Iwai Shinsui Park, next to a .63-mile avenue lined with cherry trees; 10-minute bus ride from JR Gunma Haramachi Station or 40-minute ride from Shibukawa I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 0279-70-2110. Online: www.gunlabo.net/event/event.shtml?id=1174

SHIZUKOKA

IZU KOGEN CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March-April; cherry trees along the streets near Izu Kogen Station in bloom, along with live performance show, food booth, and more; 500 yen for parking. 0577-37-6105. Online: www.izukyu.co.jp/index.php
MOUNT OMURO CHERRY BLOSSOM: March-April; 3,000 cherry blossom trees in 40 varieties bloom at Sakura-no Sato of Mount Omuro; 1317-4 Futo Itou-shi. 23-minute bus ride from Ito Station; 0557-37-6105. Online: itospa.com/spot/detail_54006.html

YAMANASHI

YAMATAKA JINDAI CHERRY BLOSSOM: Month of April; Jindai cherry tree in the precincts of Jissouji Temple is one of Japan’s three giant trees, believed to be 1,800-2,000 years old; 2763 Yamataka, Mukawa-cho, Hokuto-shi. 15-minute ride from Hinoharu Station or 15-minute ride from Sudama I.C. on Chuo Express, 500 yen for parking; 0551-42-1351. Online: www.hokuto-kanko.jp

KYOTO

TOJI TEMPLE CHERRY BLOSSOM NIGHT ILLUMINATION: March 14-April 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; enjoy colorful “Fuji Zakura” from Tokoku district contrasted with Nijo Temple’s five-story pagoda; 1,000 yen for adult, 500 yen for under age 15; 15-minute walk from Kyoto Station; 075-691-3325. Online: toji.or.jp
NIJO CASTLE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March 20-April 12, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.; cherry trees in 50 varieties to bloom, 620 yen for 18 and older; 3-minute walk from Nijo-jo mae Station; 075-841-0096. Online: nijo-jocastle.city.kyoto.lg.jp/?lang=en
KIYOMIZUDERA CHERRY BLOSSOM NIGHT ILLUMINATION: March 27-April 5, 6-9 p.m.; 1,000 cherry trees in blossom illuminated at Kiyomizudera; 1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi; 25-minute walk from Shimizu Gojo Station or 10-minute walk from Shimizu-michi bus stop; 075-551-1234. Online: kiyomizudera.or.jp/en
KYOTO IMPERIAL PALACE CHERRY BLOSSOM: March-April; Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed on Mondays; enjoy 1,000 cherry trees in bloom at the Imperial Palace gardens; free; 15-minute walk from Maruta machi Station; 075-211-6348. Online: env.go.jp/garden/kyotogyoen/english/index.html

NARA

MOUNT YOSHINO CHERRY BLOSSOM: Month of April; Mount Yoshino is known as one of the best cherry blossom sites in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It features 30,000 cherry blossom trees in 200 varieties; Trees are illuminated 6-10 p.m.; 75-minute ride from Nagoya Station 100-minute ride from Kyoto Station; 0746-32-0190. Online: www.visitnara.jp/venues/E02027

HIROSHIMA

MIYAJIMA CHERRY BLOSSOM: March-April; 17,000 cherry trees in bloom, near the O-torii gate, which stands in the sea, and five-storied pagoda of Itsukushima Shrine; 10-minute ferry ride from Miyajimaguchi pier, 0829-44-2011. Online: www.miyajima.or.jp/english/index.html

FUKUSHIMA

TSURUGAJO CASTLE NIGHT ILLUMINATION: April 6-May 10; 1,000 cherry trees to start blooming at Tsurugajo Castle; illuminated sunset-9:30 p.m.; 1-1 Ottemachi Aizu Wakamatsu-shi. 15-minute walk from Tsurugajo iriguchi (Tsuruga Castle entrance) bus from JR Aizu Wakamatsu Station; 0242-27-4005. Online: aizukanko.com/event/102
MIHARU TAKIZAKURA CHERRY BLOSSOMS: Month of April; Miharu Takizakura is one of Japan’s three giant cherry trees and is believed to be more than 1,000 years old, illuminated 6-9 p.m.; 300 yen; shuttle bus is available from Miharu Station; 20-minute ride from Miharu Station or 20-minute ride from Funahiki Miharu I.C.; 0247-62-3690. Online: miharukoma.com/experience/183

NAGANO

MATSUMOTO CASTLE CHERRY BLOSSOMS: April; koto and gagaku (traditional Japanese music instruments) and flute performance along with open-air tea services and free admission to the castle; 15-minute walk from Matsumoto Station or 15-minute ride from Matsumoto I.C.; 0263-32-2902. Online: matsumoto-castle.jp/lang 
TAKATO CASTLE RUINS PARK CHERRY BLOSSOMS: April 1-30; Approximately 1,500 trees, some more than 140 years old; 15-minute walk from Iida station; 500 yen for adult, 250 yen for age under 15; 0265-94-2556. Online: www.inacity.jp/shisetsu/koenshisetsu/takatojoshikoen.html

MIYAGI

AOBAYAMA PARK CHERRY BLOSSOMS: Month of April; 200 cherry trees to blossom; Open 24 hours. Aobayama Park is in the Sendai Castle Ruins; 10-minute drive from Sendai Miyagi IC or 8-minute bus ride from Sendai Station; 022-225-7211. Online: city.sendai.jp/ryokuchihozen/mesho100sen/
SHIROISHI RIVER CHERRY BLOSSOM ILLUMINATION: April 3-18; 1,200 cherry trees along Shiroishi River dike; Illumination 6-10 p.m.; 3-minute walk from  Ogawara Station; 0224-53-2141. Online: www.town.ogawara.miyagi.jp
SHIROISHI CASTLE CHERRY BLOSSOM ILLUMINATION: April; About 200 cherry trees will bloom at Masuoka Koen, Shiroishi night illumination around the castle by 350 paper-lantern and LED lights sunset-10 p.m.; 400 yen for adults, 200 yen for children; 10-minute walk from JR Shiroishi Station or 10-minute ride from Shiroishi I.C. on Tohoku Express; free parking; 0224-24-3030. Online: shiro-f.jp/shiroishijo

AOMORI

TOWADA CITY CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: April 20-May 5; 156 cherry trees along the Koma Highway to bloom, illuminated 6-10 p.m.; 34-minute bus ride from Shichinohe Towada Station. 30-minutes from Shimoda Momoi IC. 0176-58-6707. Online: artstowada.com
HIROSAKI PARK CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: April 23-May 6; about 2,500 trees around the castle and moat bloom and are illuminated sunset-11 p.m. No drones allowed in the park; 20-minute bus ride from Hirosaki Station; 320 yen for adult, 100 yen for children; 0172-35-3131. Online: hirosaki-kanko.or.jp/en/edit.html?id=cherry_blossom_festival

AKITA

SENSYU PARK CHERRY BLOSSOM: Month of April; about 700 cherry trees. Illuminated 6-10 p.m.; 15-minuts walk from Akita station: 018-888-5753. Online: city.akita.lg.jp/kurashi/doro-koen/1003685/1007159/index.html
KAKUNODATE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: April 20-May 5; 162 weeping cherry trees around the samurai district in Kakunodate; 394-2 Kamisugasawa, Kakunodate, Senboku-shi; 20-minute walk from Kakunodate Station. 0187-54-2700. Online: www.city.semboku.akita.jp

IWATE

KITAKAMI TENSHOCHI CHERRY BLOSSOM: Month of April; a cherry tree tunnel extends for more than 2 km along the Kitakami River from Sango Bridge; 20-minute walk from Kitakami station. 0197-65-3033. Online: kitakami-kanko.jp/
MORIOKA CASTLE RUINS CHERRY BLOSSOM: April; Morioka has 18 varieties of cherry trees; 1-37 Uchimaru Morioka-shi; 20-minute walk or 6-minute bus ride from Morioka station; 019-604-3305. Online: odette.or.jp

YAMAGATA

EBOSHIYAMA PARK CHERRY BLOSSOM: April; more than 1,000 cherry trees in 25 varieties to bloom gloriously on the mountain at Eboshiyama Koen near Akayu Onsen; 20-minute walk from JR Akayu Station; 0238-40-2002. Online: nanyoshi-kanko.jp
KAJO PARK CHERRY BLOSSOM: Month of April; 1,500 cherry trees along the Yamagata Castle’s moat to bloom; 10-minute walk from Yamagata Station; 023-641-1212. Online: city.yamagata-yamagata.lg.jp/top_kanko

HOKKAIDO

GORYOKAKU PARK CHERRY BLOSSOMS: April-May; 1,600 cherry trees; 15-minute walk from Goryokaku Koen station; 44 Goryokaku machi, Hakodate-shi; 0318-57-7210. Online: hakodate.travel/en
MARUYAMA KOEN CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: April-May; 150 cherry trees are to bloom at Maruyama Koen; 5-minute walk from Maruyama Koen Station; 011-621-0453. Online: maruyamapark.jp/?page_id=13868

 

South Korea

SEOUL

YEONGDEUNGPO YEOUIDO SPRINT FLOWER FESTIVAL: Month of April; the festival is located along the Han River, one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Seoul. Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do; walking distance from Yeouido, Yeoinaru and National Assembly Station. Online: matzuri.com/yeouido-spring-flower-festival
GYEONGBUKGUNG PALACE: Month of April: Gyeongbokgung Station. Online: 

JEJU ISLAND

JEJU CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: April 4-6; King Cherry Tree blossoms can be seen all over Seogwipo’s downtown area and the Jeju Sports Complex; Jeju National University Bus Stop (Bus No. 6, 7, 10, 11, 37, 46, 55, 97, 500, 502); 064-728-2753. Online: korea.net/Events/Festivals/view?articleId=5426 

BUSAN

NAMCHOEON-DONG: Late March; Namcheon-dong in Busan is more famously known as the Cherry Blossom Road in Samik Beach town; 10-minute walk from Geumnyeonsangan subway station. Online: klook.com/blog/en-ph/cherry-blossom-forecast-korea-2020

GANGWON-DO

NAMI ISLAND CHERRY BLOSSOM: Early April; Nami Island is a popular day trip from Seoul; one-hour metro from Sangbong to Gapyeong; Online: skyscanner.com.my/news/inspiration/when-and-where-to-see-cherry-blossoms-in-korea-during-sakura-season

YEONGNAM

JINHAE GUNHANGJE FESTIVAL: April 1-10; The Naval Port Festival in Jinhae, located in South Gyeongsang Province, is held once a year when the cherry blossoms reach peak bloom. The celebrators indicate the patriotism of the Korean navy admiral Lee Sun-Shin; take an inter-city bus from Seoul Bus Terminal to Jinhae; +82-55-1330; Online: skyscanner.com.my/news/inspiration/when-and-where-to-see-cherry-blossoms-in-korea-during-sakura-season