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Below is a list of Matsumoto's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

Matsumoto Castle••

Mid April
15 minute walk from Matsumoto Station
Inner grounds: 610 yen, 8:30 to 17:00
Matsumoto Castle is one of the most beautiful of Japan's original castles. There are about 300 cherry trees planted around the castle moats and inside the paid inner grounds of the castle.

Koboyama Park

Mid April
15 minute bus ride south of Matsumoto Station
Admission: Free
Koboyama Park is a unique hill (actually an ancient kofun tomb) in southern Matsumoto City that is almost entirely covered by nearly 2000 cherry trees. The top of the park has views of the Japan Alps across the valley and there many nice spots for hanami picnics.

Joyama Park

Mid April
20 minute bus ride north of Matsumoto Station
Admission: Free
Joyama Park is a medium sized park on the hills north of Matsumoto's city center with some impressive rows of cherry trees and a lawn area.

Alps Park

Mid April
20 minute bus ride north of Matsumoto Station
Admission: Free
A little bit further up on the same hill as Joyama Park (see above) is Alps Park, a spacious community park with a few groups of cherry trees and a beautiful weeping cherry tree. Views of the Japanese Alps can be enjoyed on days with good visibility.

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

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Page last updated: October 19, 2016