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Below is a list of some of Japan's most popular cherry blossom spots with the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings:

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Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen•••

Early April
See our Shinjuku Gyoen page for access, hours and fees

Ueno Park••

Early April
A few steps from Ueno Station, admission free

Chidorigafuchi••

Early April
Kudanshita Station, admission free

Sumida Park

Early April
A few steps from Asakusa Station, admission free

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Yokohama

Sankeien Garden

Early April
See our Sankeien page for access, hours and fees

Mitsuike Park (Mitsuike Koen)

Early April
Mitsuike Koen Kitamon bus stop (city bus number 104 from Shin-Yokohama or Tsurumi Stations). Admission: Free

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Kamakura

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Late March to early April
The cherry tree lined approach starts a short walk northeast of Kamakura Station
Admission: Free

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Izu Peninsula

Kawazu

Late February to early March
Festival area starts outside Kawazu Station

Fuji Five Lakes

Northern Shores of Kawaguchiko••

Mid April
15-25 minutes by retro bus from Kawaguchiko Station

Chureito Pagoda••

Mid April
15-20 minute walk from Shimo-Yoshida Station
Admission: Free

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Gunma Prefecture

Akagi Senbonzakura

Mid April
Temporary buses operate from nearby stations during the blooming season. See more details.

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Nagano Prefecture

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Niigata Prefecture

Takada Castle

Mid April
20 minute walk from Takada Station or bus ride from Joetsu Myoko Station
Admission: Free (except interior of turret)

Kanazawa

Kenrokuen••

Mid April
See our Kenrokuen page for access, hours and fees

Nagoya

Yamazakigawa Riverside••

Early April
10 minute walk from Mizuho-Undojo-Higashi Station
Admission: Free

Nagoya Castle

Early April
See our Nagoya Castle page for access, hours and fees

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Hikone

Hikone Castle

Mid April
See our Hikone Castle page for access, hours and fees

Kyoto

Maruyama Park••

Early April
Next to Yasaka Shrine, admission free

Arashiyama••

Early April
Northwest of central Kyoto, admission free

Heian Shrine••

Mid April
See our Heian Shrine page for access, hours and fees

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Osaka

Kema Sakuranomiya Park•••

Early April
Sakuranomiya Station (JR Loop Line)
No admission fee

Osaka Castle••

Early April
Osaka Castle Park
No admission fee (except Nishinomaru Garden)

Osaka Mint Bureau••

Mid April
10 minute walk from Temmabashi Station
Admission: Free

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Nara

Nara Park

Early April
Starts a five minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station

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Yoshino

Mount Yoshinoyama•••

Early to mid April
Nara Prefecture

Himeji

Himeji Castle•••

Early April
See our Himeji Castle page for access, hours and fees

Okayama

Handayama Botanical Garden••

Early April
15 minute walk from JR Hokaiin Station
See our Okayama hanami page for hours and fees

Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle

Early April
See our pages on Korakuen and Okayama Castle for access, hours and fees

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Tottori

Tottori Castle Ruins

Early to mid April
10 minute bus ride or 30 minute walk from Tottori Station

Inaba Senbonzakura

Early to mid April
15 minutes by bus or 10 minutes by taxi from Tottori Station

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Park

Early April
Next to Genbaku Domu Mae tram stop
No admission fee

Miyajima••

Early April
45 minutes by train and ferry from Hiroshima Station

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Takamatsu

Megijima Island••

Early April
20 minute ferry ride from Takamatsu Port

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama Castle••

Early April
See our Matsuyama Castle page for access, hours and fees

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka Castle (Maizuru Park)

Late March to early April
5-10 minute walk south of Ohori Koen Station

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto Castle••

Late March to early April
10 minute tram ride from Kumamoto Station

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Sendai

Mikamine Park

Mid to late April
30 minute walk from Nagamachi Minami Subway Station

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Fukushima

Miharu Takizakura••

Mid to late April
Miharu Town near Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture

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Rest of Tohoku

Kitakami••

Late April to early May
Iwate Prefecture

Kakunodate••

Late April to early May
Akita Prefecture

Hirosaki Castle•••

Late April to early May
Aomori Prefecture

Hokkaido

Matsumae Park••

Early to mid May
Matsumae Town

Goryokaku Fort••

Early to mid May
Hakodate City

Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Shrine

Early to Mid May
5 minute walk from the Maruyama Koen Station on the Tozai Subway Line

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