[Breaking news] 2019 Cherry blooming forecast and 24 cherry blossoms spots throughout Japan!

[Breaking news] 2019 Cherry blooming forecast and 24 cherry blossoms spots throughout Japan!
▲ Cherry blooming forecast for 2019 (as of March 10, 2019) * published by Qnews
Cherry blooming forecast for 2019 has already been published! Please plan your cherry blossoms viewing from now, referring to the forecast if you wish to go to Japan for cherry blossoms viewing in this year for sure.
Now, I will introduce you to the superb view spots of cherry blossoms throughout Japan where you surely like to visit in 2019.

Kyushu Area

1. Shirakimine Plateau|Nagasaki

Shirakimine Plateau
  • Shirakimine Plateau
  • Shirakimine Plateau

|Hills rich in colors spreading in background of the nature representing Nagasaki

“Shirakimine Plateau” is located around on the elevation of 330 meter. On the hill of as wide as 10,000 square meter, about 100,000 yellow canola flowers dye up the slopes in spring. The hill dyed by yellow flowers creates overwhelming colorful beauty putting accents with pink colored cherry blossoms, drawing a center of attention, together with the blue sky.
You can overlook landscapes that represent Nagasaki such as Isahaya Heiya Plain, the land reclamation in Isahaya Wan Bay, and Mt. Unzen Fugen Dake, etc., and the landscape harmonize with colorful flowers. Many tourists visit there every year, for shooting such expansive landscapes.
【The forecasted day in Nagasaki】March 28 (average on 24 March)
【Best time】Late March through early April

2.Cherry Blossom Tree at Asai|Fukuoka

Cherry Blossom Tree at Asai
  • Cherry Blossom Tree at Asai
  • Cherry Blossom Tree at Asai

|A more than 100 years old wild cherry tree dyes even water surface in bright pink color

The age of the tree is about 100 years old. “Cherry Blossom Tree at Asai” is with the girth of 4.3 meter long, and with the height of 18 meter tall, and the shape of tree is spreading as wide as 23 meter. The flowers of the tree are so dense that the tree emits bright pink color, dyeing up the reservoir in bright pink color with a reflection, harmonizing excellently with greens around!
The best time in average year is in early April, and it blooms about 1 week later than the usual cherry blossoms. So, it also appeals that you can enjoy viewing consecutively after a viewing of Somei Yoshino cherry.
【The forecasted day in Fukuoka】March 28 (average on 23 March)
【Best time】Early April

3.Ishingyou cherry|Kumamoto

  • Ishingyou cherry
  • Ishingyou cherry

|A collaboration of the large cherry tree of 400 years old with canola flowers

Once upon a time, a wife and vassals have planted the large cherry tree at Isshingyo for mourning the warlord who died in a war. It is said that they named it because they prayed single-mindedly when they planted the young plant. (Isshingyo means praying single-mindedly.) The posture of the extremely overwhelming wild cherry with the height of about 14 meter, the girth of about 7 meter and the shape expanding more than 20 meter long, standing stately alone in the carpet of canola flowers, is definitely a superb view of spring!
【The forecasted day in Kumamoto】March 27 (average on 23 March)
【Best time】Late March through early April

Shikoku Area

4. Hirakiyama Park|Ehime

Hirakiyama Park
  • Hirakiyama Park
  • Hirakiyama Park

|A famous spot for cherry blossoms in Shimanami Kaido Expressway, overlooking the Seto Inland Sea

Shimanami Kaido Expressway, linking Honshu and Shikoku, is popular among cyclists as a sacred place. Hirakiyama Park is located on the elevation of 149 meter in the north west part of Hakata Jima Island, along the cycling road. You can overlook the Seto Inland Seas from the park, and you can also enjoy about 1,000 cherry blossom trees. It is a perfect cherry blossom viewing spot.
【The forecasted day in Matsuyama】March 25 (average on 25 March)
【Best time】Early April through the middle of April

5. Kotohira Shrine|Kagawa

Kotohira Shrine
  • Kotohira Shrine
  • Kotohira Shrine

|Climbing up on 365 steps, you will reach to the overwhelming arch of pale pink!

Well-known and beloved as Kompirasan is “Kotohira Shrine”. About 3,500 Somei Yoshino cherries and other cherries gloriously bloom in the ground. Especially among them, “Sakura no Baba (horse track of cherry blossoms)” is the most famous spot, overwhelmingly shaping an arch like of pale pink along the cobble stone path of 150 meter long from the big gate.
You have to climb up on as many as 785 steps to reach Honguu (the main shrine) in the Kotohiraguu shrine, and “Sakura no Baba” is located in the middle at the 365th step. You would need the endurance to reach there. However, such beautiful landscape is waiting for you after such hardship!
【The forecasted day in Takamatsu】March 28 (average on 28 March)
【Best time】Late March through early April

Chugoku Area

6. Daigo Zakura(cherry) |Okayama

Daigo Zakura(cherry)
  • Daigo Zakura(cherry)
  • Daigo Zakura(cherry)

|People who viewed have been deeply moved by the lonesome single cherry tree for as old as several hundred years

It is said that the lonesome single cherry tree has been named because the Emperor Godaigo applauded the cherry tree in 1332. The age of the tree is estimated as 700 years or 1,000 years old. With the girth of 9.2 meter, the height of 18 meter, and the shape expanding 20 meters to cardinal directions, the old tree overwhelmingly stands out in a quiet mountain village
When in full bloom, there visit many tourists, and some information tell that all the parkings will be almost full even in the early morning of weekdays. However, as the surroundings are open and flat, you can view the tree even from a bit far feeling its power fully.
【The forecasted day in Okayama】March 29 (average on 29 March)
【Best time】 Early April through the middle of April

7.Senkoji Park|Hiroshima

Senkoji Park
  • Senkoji Park
  • Senkoji Park

|For a goal of Onomichi walk. A cherry blossom viewing spot with healing beauty of archipelago in Seto.

Slopes are stretching around the town, and many temples and unique shops are crowded along the slopes. Onomichi is a town of slopes. Senkoji Park is located on the highest point of Onomichi. About 1,500 weeping cherries, double cherry blossoms, Somei Yoshino cherries and others bloom gloriously in the park. From the observation point on the peak, you can overlook the superb view, created by crowded flowers and many islands on the Seto Inland Seas. It is a cherry blossom viewing spot as a perfect climax of walk in Onomichi, where is called as Little Kyoto in west.
【The forecasted day in Hiroshima】March 27 (average on 27 March)
【Best time】Early April

Kansai Area

8. Yodogawa Riverside Park, Sewaritei District|Kyoto

Yodogawa Riverside Park, Sewaritei District
  • Yodogawa Riverside Park, Sewaritei District
  • Yodogawa Riverside Park, Sewaritei District

|A tunnel in pink as long as 1.4km long where some 400,000 tourists visit every year

Sewaritei is an embankment built at the confluence of Katsuragawa river, Kizugawa river, and Ujigawa river, where is the starting point of Yodogawa river, and there is a tunnel formed by the lined cherry trees of about 250 Somei Yoshino cherries for as long as 1.4km. More than 400,000 tourists visit there every year, and the spot is popular across Japan.
In 2017, “Sakura Deai Kan (The hall of cherry blossoms and meetings)” has opened, with an observation tower of about 25 meter height, from where you can look down the lined cherry trees. When in the tunnel, looking up, when from the observation tower,looking down, you can enjoy cherry blossoms from various angles.
【The forecasted day in Kyoto】March 26 (average on 28 March)
【Best time】Early April

9. Mii Temple|Shiga

Mii Temple
  • Mii Temple
  • Mii Temple

|One of the oldest temple in Shiga prefecture has been colored by cherry blossoms since the period of Manyo! (during Nara and Heian period about between AD 700 to 800)

It is said that “Mii Temple” has been famous place for cherry blossoms since the period of Manyo. The temple is officially called as “Onjo-ji Temple”. More than 1,000 Somei Yoshino cherries, wild cherries and others bloom truly in glorious in the ground of as wide as 350,000 tsubo (about 1.2 hectare). The lined cherry trees along the approach is recommended. The trees are illuminated during the night, and the place becomes mystical, changed from the landscape during the day.
The other view point is the three-storied pagoda, which is known for movie shooting of ”Rurouni Kenshin”. It is a superb view point where you will fully enjoy the spring in the old temple with collaboration by cherry blossoms.
【The forecasted day in Hikone】March 30 (average on April 2)
【Best time】Early April through the middle of April

10. Kema Sakuranomiya Park|Osaka

Kema Sakuranomiya Park
  • Kema Sakuranomiya Park
  • Kema Sakuranomiya Park

|Viewable even on a boat! Superb lined cherry trees in a city of waterways for more than 4km

“Kema Sakuranomiya Park” is a river-side park along Ookawa river, representing Osaka, a city of waterways, for as long as about 4.2km. As many as about 4,800 cherry trees such as Somei Yoshino cherry are planted, and the river-side will be completely colored in pink during the best time in late March through early April. In this famous viewing spot, it is recommended not only walking under the lined cherry trees, but also viewing from a river cruise boat.
As “Osakajo Castle Kouen Park” and “The pathways lined with cherry trees in the site of the Osaka Mint Bureau”, well known as famous spots for cherry blossoms are nearby, why not enjoy cherry blossoms hopping?
【The forecasted day in Osaka】March 30 (average on March 28)
【Best time】Late March through early April

11. Fujiwara Ancient Palace Ruins|Nara

Fujiwara Ancient Palace Ruins
  • Fujiwara Ancient Palace Ruins
  • Fujiwara Ancient Palace Ruins

| A collaboration of 2.5 million canola flowers with Somei Yoshino cherries

Fujiwara Ancient Palace Ruins is a site of Fujiwarakyuu, the first Capital of Japan. There are many beautiful plants, such as cosmoses and lotus flowers by seasons, in this site of the ancient Capital, and the most beautiful season is when canola flowers and cherry blossoms are collaborating. Somei Yoshino cherries pour on the carpet of 2.5 million canola flowers, the beautiful collaboration of pink and yellow colors emerges.
There are historical museums around, and it is also recommended to explore the superb view together with the history.
【The forecasted day in Nara】March 27 (average on March 29)
【Best time】Late March through early April

Chubu Area

12. Gojo River|Aichi

Gojo River
  • Gojo River
  • Gojo River

|Let us enjoy the lined cherry trees coloring along the river side and the washing nonbori (carp streamers) in the river, a tradition of Iwakura

About 1,400 cherry trees are making a beautiful pink colored tunnel for about 7.6km along the sides of Gojo River. Not only the beauty of lined cherry trees, but “Nonbori arai (washing carp streamers)” during the period of “Iwakura Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival” is also a must-see traditional event. In Iwakura city where Gojo River flows, there still remains “Nonbori ya (a house of carp streamers)” where artisans handcraft carp streamers. This “Nonbori arai” is to wash off starch on carp streamers. The landscape of colorful carp streamers floating on the river under the cherry trees in full bloom is the feature of spring in Iwakura.
【The forecasted day in Nagoya】March 23 (average on March 26)
【Best time】Late March through early April

13. Kuon-ji Temple (Minobu-san)|Yamanashi

Kuon-ji Temple (Minobu-san)
  • Kuon-ji Temple (Minobu-san)
  • Kuon-ji Temple (Minobu-san)

|A collaboration of temples with 400 years old weeping cherries

Two weeping cherries bloom together gloriously and show the elegant landscape in Kuon-ji Temple (Minobu-san). Especially, the 400 years old weeping cherry, which is selected as the one of top ten weeping cherries in Japan, is outstanding. There visit many tourists for shooting the collaboration of Ho-on-Kaku (Return Goodness) House with the overwhelming weeping cherry drooping down to the ground, when in full bloom. Taking a ropeway at the back of Kuonji temple, climbing up to the peak of Mt. Minobusan, and it is also recommended to enjoy a weeping cherry in Minobusan Nishidani.
【The forecasted day in Kofu】March 23 (average on March 27)
【Best time】Late March through early April

14. The Cherry Blossom of Komatsunagi|Nagano

The Cherry Blossom of Komatsunagi
  • The Cherry Blossom of Komatsunagi
  • The Cherry Blossom of Komatsunagi

|A single cherry tree of 400 years old blooms gloriously as if spreading a fan

Once, it is said that Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a warlord, tied a horse (koma) to the tree, and the tree was named after so. (Koma Tsunagi means tying a horse.) A large 400 years old edohigan (a double weeping rosebud cherry) with about 20 meters height overwhelmingly blooms gloriously as if spreading a fan. As rice fields at the sides of the tree filled with water during the period of full-bloom, the cherry blossoms are reflected on the surface of water. It adds more beauty in the landscape.
【The forecasted day in Nagano】April 8 (average on April 13)
【Best time】Early April through the middle of April

15. Muramatsu Park|Niigata

Muramatsu Park
  • Muramatsu Park
  • Muramatsu Park

|Various species of 3,000 cherry trees, including not only well-known Somei Yoshino cherry but also rare species, are gloriously blooming together!

“Muramatsu Park” in Gosen city has been built for the memorial of the Russo-Japanese War in 1906. The park is the famous cherry blossom viewing spot, selected as “one of Japan’s top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites” and as “one of Niigata’s top 100 Viewing Sites”. During the middle of April, the best season of the park, about 3,000 cherry trees of various species, such as Somei Yoshino cherry, Yoko of deep pink color, Hozaki higan yaezakura of a rare species, a weeping cherry, bloom gloriously together, and these flowers dye up the park in various colors of pink.
During “Muramatsu Park cherry blossom festival” held in early through late April every year, the cherry trees are illuminated and you will be fascinated by mystical cherry blossoms at night.
【The forecasted day in Niigata】April 4 (average on April 9)
【Best time】the middle of April

Kanto Area

16. Zojo-ji Temple |Tokyo

Zojo-ji Temple
  • Zojo-ji Temple
  • Zojo-ji Temple

| The largest main temple in the Metro Tokyo, Tokyo tower, and the masterpiece, weeping cherries

Zojo-ji Temple in Minato-ku, Tokyo, is known as Tokugawa’s family temple and has a long history. When entered in the ground, you will find outstanding weeping cherries in the background of the largest in the Metro Tokyo and majestic main temple together with Tokyo tower, and about 200 Somei Yoshino cherries gloriously bloom in the ground.
The best period is from late March through early April. Other famous spots around the temple, such as “Shiba Kouen Park” and “Hamarikyu Gardens”, have also the same best period. You will fully enjoy the cherry blossoms in Tokyo if you hopping around such spots.
【The forecasted day in Tokyo】March 21 (average on March 26)
【Best time】Late March through early April

17. Sankei-en Garden|Kanagawa

 Sankei-en Garden
  •  Sankei-en Garden
  • Sankei-en Garden

|Mystical illumination of cherry blossoms with historical buildings

“Sankei-en Garden” is located in Naka-ku, Yokohama city, and is the Japanese garden of 4 times as wide as Tokyo dome stadium (about 180,000 hectare), has many historical buildings originated from Kyoto and Kamakura, scattered around in the ground. In the gardens are about some 300 cherry trees planted and a tunnel of cherry blossoms that continues for 500 meter long.
The best time is from late March through early April. “Cherry blossoms viewing night” is held during the best period every year (scheduled from March 22 (Fri) through March 31 (Sun) in 2019), and the trees are illuminated. “Tomyoji temple former three story pagoda”, the national important cultural property, and the illuminated cherry blossoms are reflected on the big pond, and such landscape is indeed mystical.
【The forecasted day in Yokohama】March 24 (average on March 26)
【Best time】Late March through early April

18.Cherry Blossoms at Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi|Saitama

Cherry Blossoms at Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi
  • Cherry Blossoms at Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi
  • Cherry

|A collaboration of canola flowers with cherry blossoms that tell people the coming of Spring since Edo period

About some 500 Somei Yoshino cherries are planted on “Cherry Blossoms at Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi” for about 2km along Arakawa river. Known as famous spots for cherry blossoms since Edo period, it has been selected as “the one of top 100 Cherry Blossoms Famous Spots”.
As canola flowers are also planted on the embankment nearby lined cherry trees, contrast among pink of cherry blossoms, yellow of canola flowers, and green of the lawn is bright. During late March through early April, the best time for view, “Kumagaya Cherry Blossoms Festival” is held. A cherry blossoms tunnel is illuminated at night with full of romantic moods.
【The forecasted day in Kumagaya】March 26 (average on March 29)
【Best time】Late March through early April

19. Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura (Cherry Blossoms at Akagi)|Gunma

Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura (Cherry Blossoms at Akagi)
  • Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura (Cherry Blossoms at Akagi)
  • Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura (Cherry Blossoms at Akagi)

|The cherry blossoms tunnel in bright pink color continues on for about 1.3km

“Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura (Cherry Blossoms at Akagi)” in Maebashi city, Gunma prefecture, is the cherry blossom tunnel of about 1,000 Somei Yoshino trees, blooming in full glory on the sides of a city road that continues on for about 1.3km. It is selected as “the one of top 100 famous cherry blossom spots”. “Akagi Nanmen Senbon Zakura Festival” is held every year from early through the middle of April, the best period for flowers. Events, such as markets of local products and folk performances, are in the festival.
In “Miyagi Senbon Zakura no Mori (a thousand cherry trees in a forest of Miyagi)”, a neighboring park, about 37 species of 500 cherry trees and canola flowers are blooming together. The scenery is overwhelmingly excellent collaboration.
【The forecasted day in Maebashi】March 28 (average on March 31)
【Best time】Early April through the middle of April

Tohoku Area

20. Nicchu Railway Line Memorial Cycling Pedestrians Road*|Fukushima

Nicchu Railway Line Memorial Cycling Pedestrians Road
  • Nicchu Railway Line Memorial Cycling Pedestrians Road
  • Nicchu Railway Line Memorial Cycling Pedestrians Road

|A superb view in spring, created by weeping cherry showers and a steam locomotive

Once there was Nichuu Line of the National Railway here, linking between Kitakata station and Atsushio station, carrying many people. The promenade of 3km long has been built on the site of Nichuu Line. Along the promenade, about 1,000 weeping cherries are planted, creating a magnificent pink tunnel. A steam locomotive, that once ran on the line, is exhibited. Many tourists visit here for shooting pictures of such photogenic superb view, a black steam locomotive and pink cherry blossoms.
* Nicchuu Sen Kinen Jitensha Hokousha Dou
【The forecasted day in Fukushima】April 2 (average on April 9)
【Best time】Early April through the middle of April

21. Row of cherry blossom trees of Hinokinai riverr |Akita

Row of cherry blossom trees of Hinokinai river
  •  Row of cherry blossom trees of Hinokinai river
  • Row of cherry blossom trees of Hinokinai river

|The cherry trees tunnel, dyeing up an embankment, is perfect for a spring walk

About 400 Somei Yoshino cherries bloom elegantly in the lined cherry trees of Hinokinai river, continuing on for about 2km. The high density of cherry trees creates pale pink tunnel that is perfect for a spring walk. In 3 minutes by walk from the lined cherry trees, you also can visit to kakunodate samurai residence that has been selected as the one of three most famous cherry blossom spots in northern Tohoku and to view a weeping cherry there. It is also recommended to enjoy the two famous cherry blossom spots in Kakunodate by strolling.
【The forecasted in Akita】April 8 (average on April 18)
【Best time】The middle of April through late April

22. Hirosaki Park|Aomori

Hirosaki Park
  • Hirosaki Park
  • Hirosaki Park

|People are fascinated by viewing carpet of petals filling the moat at the one of the foremost cherry blossoms viewing spots.

The Hirosaki park surrounds the Hirosakijo Castle and the ground expands 10 times as wide as Tokyo dome stadium (about 450,000 hectare). In spring, the park becomes a perfect cherry blossoms viewing spot, with about 2,600 cherry trees of about 52 species, including a weeping cherry and double cherry blossoms, in full bloom. The illuminated cherry blossoms at night is a must-see. It was introduced in “the breathtaking sights in the world I want to see before I die” and became a topic. The pink carpet filling an outer moat also becomes in a mystical mood by the illumination.
【The forecasted day in Aomori】April 14 (average on April 24)
【Best time】Late April through early May

Hokkaido Area

23. Nijukken Road Cherry Blossom Trees|Hokkaido

Nijukken Road Cherry Blossom Trees
  • Nijukken Road Cherry Blossom Trees
  • Nijukken Road Cherry Blossom Trees

|An immense scale of the lined cherry trees continues endlessly

3,000 cherry trees are lined along Nijukken Douro that continues on for about 7km. Nijukken is named because the width of the lined trees is about 36m that is 20 ken. (Ken is a Japanese unit for measurement of length. 1 ken is about 1.82 meter long.) Such vast scale of the lined cherry trees are full of openness, a typical scenery of Hokkaido. The spot has been awarded as “Hokkaido Heritage”, as “the one of the top 100 famous cherry blossoms spots”, and others. It is indeed the one of the foremost famous cherry blossoms sites in Japan.
【The forecasted day in Sapporo】April 23 (average on May 3)
【Best time】Early May through the middle of May

24. Matsumae Park|Hokkaido

Matsumae Park
  • Matsumae Park
  • Matsumae Park

|As many as 250 species of cherry blossoms bloom gloriously for one month in the park that is also called as “a hometown of cherry blossoms”

In “Matsumae Park”, selected as “the one of top 100 famous cherry blossoms spots”, about 10,000 various cherry trees of about 250 species bloom gloriously for as long as one month from late April through early June. There are cherry trees of early-bloom and late-bloom species, as well as species bloom in-between.
“Kechimyaku zakura” of Kozenji temple, “Ezo Kasumi Zakura” of Ryuunin temple, “Meoto Zakura” of Tenjin Zaka Mon gate, and other cherry trees of old and new species have been planted in “Sakura Mihon En (Cherry trees exhibition park)”, which is located in the ground of park. Viewing such landscape of spring in full bloom, created by Matsumae jo Castle and the blue sky, you will find it easy to understand why the city of Matsumae is called as “a hometown of cherry blossoms.”
【The forecasted day in Hakodate】April 20 (average on April 30)
【Best time】Late April through early June
And, so I have introduced you to the blooming forecast and 24 superb view spots of cherry blossoms all over the Japan. The highlight of spring in Japan is indeed cherry blossoms. Please travel around Japan to see such beautiful cherry blossoms of a moment in superb views in spring of 2019.
The blooming forecast information on the pages are made based on the publication by Qnews.

Also, the forecast dates of blooming and of in full bloom of each spot show the forecast date of areas nearby each spot, not of each spot. Please note that the dates will be depended on the actual weather in the areas from now.

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