Below is a list of Nagoya'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.

Yamazakigawa Riverside••

Early April
10 minute walk from Mizuho-Undojo-Higashi Station
Admission: Free
The Shikinomichi ("Path of Four Seasons") along Nagoya's Yamazaki River is justifiably designated as one of Japan's 100 best cherry blossom spots. The river is lined by hundreds of cherry trees for nearly a kilometer.

Nagoya Castle

Early April
Short walk from Shiyakusho Station
500 yen, 9:00 to 16:30
Many somei yoshino trees, several weeping cherry trees and small numbers of less commonly seen cherry tree varieties are planted around the pleasant park and along the moats of Nagoya Castle.

Tsuruma Park (Tsuruma Koen)

Early April
Tsurumai Subway Station
Admission: Free
Tsuruma Park is probably Nagoya's most popular city park for cherry blossom viewing. The public park in central Nagoya offers many food stands and space for cherry blossom viewing parties under the trees.

Nagoya Peace Park (Nagoya Heiwa Koen)

Early April
20-25 minute walk from Higashiyama Koen Station
Admission: Free
A small forest of cherry trees and two ponds provide pleasant space for cherry blossom viewing picnics in the Cherry Orchard (Sakura no En) section of Nagoya Peace Park.

Inuyama Castle

Early April
45 minutes north of Nagoya
550 yen, 9:00 to 17:00
The celebrated Inuyama Castle outside of Nagoya is surrounded by hundreds of cherry trees. Trees are found both around the castle keep on top of the hill, and around the base of the hill and Urakuen Garden, another of Inuyama's sightseeing spots.

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

Getting there and around

Hotels around Nagoya

Recommended Hotels
Hotel Route Inn Nagoya Sakae
Reliable business hotel in the central Sakae district.
Nagoya Marriott Associa
Excellent hotel in one of the two towers that rise above JR Nagoya Station.
Nagoya Tokyu Hotel
Good value hotel in the central Sakae district.
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