Below is a list of Nara'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.
Starts a five minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station Admission: Free
About 1700 cherry trees are planted across spacious Nara Park, outnumbering the deer by around 500. One of the most pleasant hanami spots in the park is a large lawn encircled by cherry trees, a short walk southeast of Todaiji's main hall.
15 minute walk from Yamato Saidaiji Station Admission: Free
Quite a few cherry trees are planted on the large grounds of the former Heijo Palace, making for some pleasant picnic opportunities. Because the trees are quite exposed to the weather, they follow a blooming schedule which is typically a couple of days behind that of the trees in nearby Nara Park.
Koriyama Castle Ruins•
Ten minute walk from Kintetsu Koriyama Station Admission: Free
Koriyama Castle is mostly ruins now, but the walls and moat of the castle make an attractive setting for viewing the cherry blossoms. The castle is located approximately two kilometers south of Yakushiji Temple, just outside the border of Nara City.
30-40 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station 150 yen, 9:00 to 17:00
Wakakusayama is the grass covered hill behind Nara Park that gets lit on fire every January in the spectacular Yamayaki festival. Cherry trees are planted besides the hiking trail along the edge of Wakakusayama's main slope, allowing for some nice photos of cherry blossoms in combination with the city behind.
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