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

Kumamoto Castle••

Late March to early April
10 minute tram ride from Kumamoto Station
Despite the fact that its inner grounds are currently closed to the public due to repair works, Kumamoto Castle remains the city's most popular cherry blossom spot. Nearly a thousand cherry trees are planted across the castle grounds and in the adjacent public parks.

Suizenji Koen

Late March to early April
30 minute tram ride from Kumamoto Station
400 yen, 7:30 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
About 150 cherry trees stand in Suizenji Koen, a beautiful Japanese landscape garden with central pond and a grass covered, miniature replica of Mount Fuji. Picnicking is allowed in designated areas of the park.

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding