Most would likely associate the sakura flower with spring in Japan, but those are not the only beauties that can be appreciated during this magical season. As the temperature gets warmer, flowers of all shades of colours from pink to yellow or blue, will bloom all over the country. Here are 30 spectacular spots in Japan you definitely have to visit!
1. Kawazu Sakura Festival in Shizuoka
The Kawazu Sakura Festival is held annually in Kawazu, Shizuoka during the sakura season, and is one of the major spring attractions in the region. Held along the Kawazu River, you will be greeted by an amazing scenery of bright pink sakura trees lining the rivers during the festival. Not only is the view great in the day, the trees are also illuminated at night with different colours, making it perfect for a date spot as well!
Address: Hama, Kawazu, Shizuoka
Access: 2h 30 min from Shizuoka Station via Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen and JR Ito Line
2. Izu Shikinohana Park in Shizuoka - Jogasaki Sakura Festival
Sakura festivals are held all over Japan during the spring, and the Jogasaki Sakura Festival is another that cannot be missed. Held annually at Izu Shikinohana Park, also in Shizuoka, the huge park will have over 100 sakura trees and 20,000 canola flowers blooming. There are also greenhouses at Izu Shikinohana Park where unique flowers from all over the world, such as tropical flowers from America, can be appreciated as well.
Izu Shikinohana Park
Address: 841-1 Futo, Ito, Shizuoka
Access: 15 minutes walk from Izu-Kyoko Line Jogasaki-Kaigan Station
3. Enjoy onsen and sakura flowers at Minami no Sakura to Nanohana Matsuri in Shizuoka
Minami no Sakura to Nanohana Matsuri is held at Shimokamo Onsen, also located in Shizuoka. It is famous for its beautiful, bright pink Kawazu sakura that can be appreciated while enjoying the hot spring onsen – a delightful combination that can rarely be experienced. Visitors can walk around the area at night as well because the sakura trees will be illuminated during the festival.
Minami no Sakura to Nanohana Matsuri
Address: Minamiizu, Kamo District, Shizuoka
Access: 3.5 hours from Tokyo station
4. Enjoy a wide array of flowers at Nakagawa Tei no Sakura Namiki in Shizuoka
Nakagawa Tei no Sakura Namiki offers a fantastic collaboration of the river and flowers. Located in Matzusaki, Shizuoka, the picturesque rural landscape is decorated with flower gardens and sakura trees, creating a harmony of colours. There are also free foot bath hot springs available.
Nakagawa Tei no Sakura Namiki
Address: Matsuzaki, Kamo District, Shizuoka
Access: 4 hours by local train from Tokyo Station to Line (from Atami to Rendaiji), followed by 40 minute bus to Matsuzaki City
5. The Natural Monument in Shizuoka: Kariyado no Geba Zakura
Kariyado no Geba Zakura is located in Shizuoka as well and what makes this sakura tree special is that it is known as one of the “top 5 sakura trees” in Japan. It is also designated as a Natural Monument. A good view of the all-famous Mount Fuji can also be appreciated from Kariyado no Geba Zakura, allowing visitors to snap a brag-worthy photo of the beautiful tree with Japan’s most iconic mountain!
Kariyado no Geba Zakura
Address: 98-2 Kariyado, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
Access: 20 minute drive from Fujinomiya Station
6. Enjoy flower watching and bird watching simultaneously at Kasai Seaside Park!
Kasai Seaside Park, located in Tokyo, is one of the well-known parks amongst birdwatchers and is known to be an important habitat for birds, some of which are in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Thousands of birds gather there during the winter. As the season turns to spring, the flowers will start blooming as well. Not only are there sakura flowers, but also many different flowers at the gardens there that can be appreciated together with the cute feathery birds!
Kasai Seaside Park
Address: 6-2 Rinkaicho, Edogawa Ward, Tokyo
Access: 1 minute walk from JR Kasairinkaikoen Station
7. An oasis in the city: Hamarikyu Gardens
Hamarikyu Gardens is located right in the middle of the city in Tokyo, existing almost like an oasis in the urban environment. During spring, the canola flowers will be in full bloom, creating an unbelievable scenery of over 30,000 bright yellow flowers in the concrete jungle. If you happen to drop by the hectic Tokyo City, drop by Hamarikyu Gardens for a cathartic time!
Address: 1-1, Hamarikyuteien, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm
entrance fee: 300 JPY (2.7 USD) for adult and 150 JPY (1.3 USD) for children
Access: 7 minutes walk from Oedo line Shiodome station or 12 minutes walk from JR Shinbashi Station
8. Enjoy the seasons of Koganei Park, Tokyo
Koganei Park is located in Koganei, Tokyo, and is one of the places selected as the “Top 100 Sakura spots in Japan”. The history of Koganei Park dates back to the Edo era in 1737 where many sakura trees were planted in the compound. With almost 300 years of history, the park has been loved by the Japanese people every year, especially during spring. When the sakura are in full bloom, the Koganei Sakura Festival will also be held, allowing visitors to enjoy flower watching together with great food and traditional performances! There is always some kind of plants blossoming even beyond Sakura season.
Address: 1-13-1, Sekino, Koganei City, Tokyo
Access: 15 minute walk from Hanakoganei Station
9. The flowers and Mount Fuji at Azumayama Park
Azumayama Park is located in Kanagawa and is one of the famous spots amongst photographers during spring. A 360 degree panoramic view of the nature in Kanagawa can be enjoyed from the park, and over 60,000 canola flowers and other flowers such as cosmos can be appreciated there. The place is best known for the amazing view of Mount Fuji, where visitors can shoot a one-of-a-kind photos of beautiful flowers with the mountain in the backdrop!
Azumayama Park Rape Field
Address: 1093 山西 二宮町 Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Access: 5 minutes walk from JR Tokaido line Ninomiya Station
10. Flower watching from the tram in Chiba!
Trolley trains create a sense of nostalgia amongst many, and one of the famous ones in Japan is the Kominato Railway that runs through Chiba Prefecture. The Kominato Railway starts from Goi Station and travels 39 kilometres (24 mi) until Kazusanakano Station. A relaxing one hour ride can be enjoyed while appreciating the ever-changing scenery of beautiful nature and flowers along the track!
Goi Station (the beginning of tram-train)
Address: 1-1-2, Goichuohigashi, Ichihara, Chiba
Price Purchasing the reservation ticket (500 JPY (4.5 USD)) is required in advance from here, then one day free ride is 1,800 JPY (16 USD) for adult and 900 JPY (8 USD) for children.
Opening hours: Weekend first train from 7:54 am, followed by 10:53 am, 1:16 pm
Access: 17 minute from Chiba Station via Uchibo Line
11. Mother Farm: animals, flowers, food, and play
Mother Farm is located at Mount Kano, Chiba Prefecture, and is a spot recommended for families with children. Visitors can interact with many animals such as sheep, horses, rabbits and ducks in the farm. Not only that, there are various fruits and vegetables grown there such as blueberries and strawberries that can be picked and enjoyed. To add to the fun, there is also an amusement corner with a Ferris wheel, go-carts, and even roller coasters! Most importantly, of course, the 250 hectare (618 acres) garden is filled with various types of flowers all over, which will be in full bloom during spring to create marvellous scenery.
Address: 940-3, Tagura, Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture
Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm on weekends and 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays
Price: Entrance fee 1,500 JPY (13.35 USD) for adults or 1,350 JPY (12 USD) for adults with advanced purchase.
Access: 40 minute bus (700 JPY / 6.25 USD per adult, 350 JPY / 3.12 USD per child) from Uchibo Line Kimitsu Station Sounth exit. The bus schedule can be found from here
12. Enjoy marvellous flowers from the cute Moomin Train in Chiba!
The Isumi Railway runs through Chiba Prefecture from Ohara Station to Kazusanakano Station. There are a total of 14 stops along the 26.8 kilometres (17 miles) track, and the fantastic rural landscape there allows one to enjoy the serene nature of Japan. One of the main attractions of the Isumi Railway is the Moomin Train which has designs of the popular Moomin franchise.
The Kazusanakano Station, where the Isumi Railway ends, is also where you can switch over to the Kominato Railway trolley train introduced earlier, so do plan your trip such that you can enjoy the best of both worlds!
Address: Ohara, Isumi, Chiba
Access: 1 hour from Chiba Station via Sotobo Line
13. The ocean view of Shiramazu flower garden, Chiba
Shiramazu Hanabatake is located in Chiba Prefecture, and is best known for the pink and purple stock flowers in the flower garden. The flower garden is most beautiful around February and March. Located by the sea, a great view of the beautiful flowers and rich blue of the sea can be enjoyed at Shiramazu Hanabatake.
Shiramazu Hanabatake (flower garden)
Address: Hikuracho Shiramazu, Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture
Access: 15 minutes bus ride from Uchibo Line Chikura Station and get off at the Shiramazu Hanabatake stop.
14. Drive along Boso Flower Line along the coast of Chiba
Boso Flower Line is a road that runs along the seaside in Chiba Prefecture, from Tateyama City to Minamiboso City. The road is named as such because there are many flower gardens along it, and it one of the best places around the region to drive around in spring! Great seafood can be enjoyed along the way too, and a view of Mount Fuji can also be appreciated across the sea when the weather is good as well!
Boso Flower Line
Address: From Tateyama City (Chiba) to Minamiboso City (Chiba)
Access: (To Tateyama Station) 2 hour from Chiba Station via Uchibo Line
15. Canola gardens and Sakura tunnel: Gongendo Tsutsumi, Saitama
Gongendo Tsutsumi is one of the famous spring spots in Saitama Prefecture, which offers a great view of the blue sky, pink sakura, and yellow canola flowers. Over 1,000 sakura trees are planted along the 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) long road to create a marvellous sakura tunnel. Undisturbed by human activities, Gongendo Tsutsumi is one of the must visit places if you are a fan of quiet and relaxing flower watching.
Address: 887-3, Uchigouma, Satte, Saitama prefecture
Access: 13 minute bus from Tobu Nikko Line Satte Station
16. Enjoy spring from a steam locomotive at Tochigi!
The Mōka Railway is a famous spot in Tochigi Prefecture known for its perfect collaboration of steam locomotive trains, canola flowers, and sakura flowers. Amazing photographs of the three elements combined together can be taken from spots along the railway track. Furthermore, the Ichimanbon Sakura Festival (literally translating to 10,000 Sakura Festival) is held in Mooka City every year, allowing visitors to enjoy the flowers together with great food!
Address: Nakago,Mōka, Tochigi Prefecture
Access: 1 hour 20 minute from Tochigi Station via Ryomo Line (to Oyama), Mito Line (to Shimodate) and Mōka Tetsudo
17. The amazing canola flowers at Atsumihanto Nanohana Festival in Aichi
Irako Nanohana Garden is located in Irako, Aichi and is known for the Atsumihanto Nanohana Festival held every spring. The Nanohana Garden there is packed with bright yellow canola flowers. During the festival, many stalls are also set up around the area where unique food like croquettes and rice balls with canola scents can be savoured!
Irako Nanohana Garden
Address: Hamayabu Horikirichō, Tahara, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 40 minute drive from Mikawa-Tahara Station
18. Mountains, sakura, and canola: the best of Japan’s nature in spring!
Nanohana Park is located in Nagano Prefecture, and Canola Flower Festivals are held annually during spring. The quiet park, located along a slow flowing river, offers a great view of the mountains. During spring, canola, and sakura flowers will be in full bloom, allowing one to enjoy what represents spring in Japan. Furthermore, there are onsens nearby that can be accessed via bus as well, so do include Nanohana Park on your itinerary when visiting Nagano!
Address: 495-1, Mizuho, Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture
Access: 14 minute drive from Iiyama Line Shinano-Taira Station
19. Over 1,500 sakura trees at Tanka Kyo
Tanka Kyo is a famous sakura spot located in Iizuna, Nagano. Over 1,500 sakura trees are planted in the 10 hectare (25 acres) park, blooming with beautiful light pink flowers in spring. A great panoramic view of the mountains around the area, such as the Hokusingaku Mountain ranges, which are more than 2,000 metres (6,561 ft) tall, can be enjoyed as well.
Address: Hiraide, Kamiminochigun, Iizuna, Nagano Prefecture
Access: 15 minute from Kita Shinano Line Toyono Station
20. Daiichi Nagisa Park: right beside Japan’s largest lake in Shiga!
Lake Biwa is Japan’s largest lake, and located to the southeast is Daiichi Nagisa Park, famous for the huge canola flower garden there packed with over 12,000 flowers. It is one of the most popular parks amongst photographers in the region, offering a great view of the flowers and mountains around the region.
Daiichi Nagisa Park
Address: Imahamacho, Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture
Access: 10 minute bus from Kosei Line Kataka Station
21. Enjoy nature and history of Japan at Nara!
The Nara region in Japan in famous for having many National Heritage Sites; among them is the Asuka Village, with many ancient monuments in that area. During spring, the pink sakura flowers and yellow canola flowers will be in full bloom. Many rent bicycles to travel around the Nara region, and you will definitely get to enjoy beauty of the nature as well as learn the history of Japan there!
Asuka region, Nara
Address: Koshi, Asuka, Takaichi, Nara Prefecture
Access: 1 hour from Nara Station via Sakurai Line (to Unebi), Kintetsu-Kashihara Line (from Yagi-Nishiguchi Station to Kashiharajingu-mae Station) and Kintetsu-Yoshino Line
22. The secret flower watching spot in Hiroshima!
Located in Fukiyama, Hiroshima has a bus stop called the Jusanbutsu Iriguchi Bus Stop. “Jusanbutsu” literally translates to “13 Buddhas” and over there is a unique, quiet location fantastic for strolling around. Not only is there a canola garden there, but a great view of the Seto Inland Sea can also be enjoyed.
Jusanbutsu Iriguchi Bus Stop
Address: Tajiricho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
Access: 30 minute bus ride from Sanyo Shinkansen Fukuyama Station
23. Shopping and nature watching at L’espace City
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L’espace City is a shopping mall located in Toon City, Ehime Prefecture. Located conveniently just 6 minutes from Minara Station, there are theatres, onsens, and other shops inside to keep you entertained for the whole day! Right outside L’espace City is a huge canola garden named “Minara no Nanohanabatake”. The rural environment provides nice scenery of the mountains, and the sunset there is fantastic!
Address: 1125 Minara, Toon City, Ehime prefecture
Access: 6 minute walk from Iyotstsu Yokohawara Line Minara Station
24. The ever changing scenery of Japan’s spring
One of the railways that runs through Ehime Prefecture is the JR Yosan Line, a popular railway line especially in spring. The tracks runs along the Seto Inland Sea, providing amazing views of the deep blue sea together with beautiful canola gardens and sakura flowers. For those who love to drive, you can also drive along the Japan National Route 378, which offers equally breathe taking views!
Address: 1-14, Minamiedo, Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture
Access: JR Yosan Line is from Matsuyama Station to Izu-Oyu Station
25. Take a short island trip to Nokonoshima Island Park!
Just 10 minutes from Fukuoka is Nokonoshima, a small and quiet island floating on the Hakata Bay, saturated with nature. Nokonoshima Island Park is one of the attractions in the island, with various events held during spring. Not only are there more than 50,000 canola flowers in the flower garden, there are also many sakura trees which will be in full bloom! The sakura trees and flower gardens are illuminated at night, making it perfect for a stroll after admiring the great sunset there.
Nokonoshima Island Park
Address: Nokono Island, Nishi Ward, Fukuoka Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes ferry from Meinohama Ferry Passenger Terminal
26. The biggest Canola garden in Kyushu: Nagasakibana Resort Camp
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Nagasakbana Resort Camp is just an hour drive away from Beppu, one of the most popular spots in Kyushu, Japan, for its fantastic onsen. Nagasakibana Resort Camp has the grandest canola garden in Kyushu, with more than 20,000,000 flowers in total! The 12 hectare (30 acres) camp not only has beautiful canola gardens, but also beaches and restaurants, making it not only a great spot for flower watching but also for a family outing!
Nagasakibana Resort Camp
Address: 4060, Mime, Bungotakada, Oita Prefecture
Access: 30 minute drive from Bungotakada Station More info
27. Onsen, flowers, and a beautiful lake!
Lake Ikeda is in Ibusuki, Kagoshima. Located at the southern end of Kyushu, the climate here allows beautiful canola flowers to be appreciated from as early as December to February! Over at Lake Ikeda, not only are there marvellous onsens, but a beautiful scenery of the Lake, Canola Gardens, and Kaimondake Volcano can be appreciated all at once too!
Address: Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture
Access: (To Oyama Station) 2 hour from Kagoshima Station via Kagoshima Shinden No. 1 Line (To Minamikagoshimaekimae Station) and Ibusukimakurazaki Line
28. Harmony of yellow and pink at Kassenba no Shidarezakura
The Shidarezakura is a species of sakura that is most known for its unique looks, where the branches and flowers look as if they are hanging down from the trees. At Kassenba no Shidarezakura, located in Fukushima, a great view of this unique sakura tree can be enjoyed together with marvellous canola flowers. Popular amongst tourists and locals, the area is also illuminated at night.
Kassenba no Shidarezakura
Address: 142, Obayashi Higashiniidono, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 45 minute drive from Fukushima Station
29. Spring is not all about Canola and Sakura: Sunflower Hill, Miaygi
Located in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, is a vast hill covered in sunflowers, called Himawari no Oka, which means Sunflower Hill in Japanese. Over 420,000 sunflowers are planted in the 6 hectare (15 acres) area and in spring, the canola flowers and sakura flowers in the area will be in full bloom as well, creating a great harmony of yellow and pink colours!
Address: Magishi, Sanbongisaida, Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture
Access: 20 minute drive from Tohoku Shinkansen Furukawa Station
30. Visit the biggest canola plantation in Japan!
Takikawa is a city located in between Asahikawa and Sapporo – two very popular tourist spots in Hokkaido. It is just 40 minutes from Asahikawa and 1 hour from Sapporo by car, making it a very convenient place. Takikawa is known for having the biggest canola plantation in Japan, with an unbelievable 180 hectare (445 acres) in total. In spring, the Takikawa Canola Flower Festival is held, attracting tourists from all over the world to appreciate the beautiful flowers. Furthermore, various snacks and products made from canola are also available, which will make great souvenirs for your family and friends!
Takikawa Canola Flower Festival
Address: Ebeotsucho, Takikawa, Hokkaido
Access: 8 minute drive from Ebotsu Station
Spring in Japan is the gift of nature
These 30 spots will surely allow you to enjoy Japan’s beautiful nature all year round, but they are especially amazing in spring when the flowers and nature all come alive. This spring, do consider these location when planning your trip to Japan!
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