Below is a list of Kagoshima'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.

Yoshino Park

Early April
25 minutes by bus from Kagoshima Chuo Station
Admission: Free
Yoshino Park is a large city park in northern Kagoshima City. There are over 800 cherry trees throughout the park, most of which are in a grove at the southern corner of the park providing the ideal spot to hold cherry blossom viewing parties.

Senganen Garden

Late January to early April
30 minutes by bus from Kagoshima Chuo Station
1000 yen, 8:30 to 17:30
Most of the cherry trees at Senganen, a beautiful landscape garden north of the city center, are of the early blooming kanhizakura variety which has dark pink blossoms that open as early as late January. But there are also several somei yoshino trees that usually are in bloom in early April.

Kotsukigawa Riverside

Early April
A short walk from Kagoshima Chuo Station
No admission fee
Just a short walk from Kagoshima Chuo Station, there are 500 cherry trees planted along the banks of the Kotsukigawa River. Space for picnics is available in small park areas.

Hirakawa Zoo

Early April
20 minute walk from JR Goino Station
500 yen, 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Hirakawa Zoo is a large zoo and amusement park located south of the city center. There are about 1000 cherry trees found here, most of them planted around a large lawn at the center of the zoo.

Sakurajima Dinosaur Park

Early April
A short walk from Sakurajima Ferry Terminal
Admission: Free
Sakurajima Dinosaur Park is located near the ferry terminal on Sakurajima, the volcanic peninsula in Kagoshima Bay. The park is geared toward children and has a number of fiberglass dinosaur play structures among several hundred cherry trees.

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