Throughout Japan, spring is the time for a custom known as hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, which involves passing the time under or near cherry blossom trees to appreciate their beauty while picnicking and enjoying sake. The mild temperatures just after winter has given way to spring make this the most comfortable season of the year. In Japan, there are a huge number of choice locations all around the country where hanami can be enjoyed.
In the south, cherry blossom trees begin to bloom in late March, the flowering moving northward through the beginning of May. In the Tohoku Region (northeastern Japan), the colors of the cherry blossoms are more intense, and there is an even greater number of places famed for hanami than in most other regions. The season for viewing cherry blossoms in eastern (including northern) Japan is from the start of April until early May.
We invite you to use the JR East Shinkansen and limited express trains when traveling.
In this section of the Website, we showcase some of the best locations to view cherry blossom trees, along with viewing dates and how to get there.
Peak viewing dates vary somewhat according to the local weather conditions.
Ride the 100 yen city bus from Hirosaki Station for about 15 minutes to Shiyakusho-mae, and then walk for about 1 minute
Tenshochi in Kitakami Municipal Park
Walk about 15 minutes from Kitakami Station
Samurai Mansions in Kakunodate
Walk about 20 minutes from Kakunodate Station
1,000 Cherry Blossom Trees in a Single View
Walk about 3 minutes from Ōgawara Station
Okitama Cherry Blossom Corridor
Enjoy the sights by taxi, rental bicycle, or local trains from Yonezawa or Akayu stations
Go 15 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes by bus from Miharu Station
Walk about 20 minutes from Takada Station
Takato Joshi Park
From Inashi Station, ride a local bus for about 25 minutes to JR Bus Takato Station, and then walk for about 15 minutes
As of March 2018.