Below is a list of Fukuoka'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.

Fukuoka Castle (Maizuru Park)

Late March to early April
5-10 minute walk south of Ohori Koen Station
Admission: Free (paid during the evening cherry blossom illumination event)
The 2020 illuminations were cancelled
About a thousand cherry trees are planted in Maizuru Park among the ruins of Fukuoka Castle. The spacious park provides lots of green space for hanami parties and spectacular views from the observation platform in the former main citadel (honmaru).

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

Late March to early April
JR Uminonakamichi Station
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30
Admission: 450 yen
About 2000 cherry trees are planted around the spacious grounds of Uminonakamichi Seaside Park which lies on a long, narrow peninsula north of the city center. Because of the park's size, rental bicycles (500 yen for three hours) are the recommended means to get around.

Nishi Park (Nishi Koen)

Late March to early April
10-15 minute walk north of Ohori Koen Station
Admission: Free
Nishi Park is one of Japan's 100 best cherry blossom spots. Over a thousand cherry trees are located on the hillside park, which is also the site of Terumo Shrine, the family shrine of Fukuoka's former feudal lords. The park provides green space for picnics.

Atago Shrine

Late March to early April
10 minute walk east of Meinohama Station
Admission: Free
Fukuoka's Atago Shrine stands on a hill with spectacular views over Fukuoka and Hakata Bay. Hundreds of cherry trees decorate the shrine's steep approach and hilltop location. Trees are lit up in the evenings.

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

Getting there and around

Hotels around Fukuoka

Recommended Hotels
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Luxury hotel inside the Canal City Hakata complex.
Hotel Nikko Fukuoka
Comfortable 4-star hotel a short walk from Hakata Station.
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Hotel Route Inn Hakata Ekimae
Reliable business hotel just across Hakata Station.
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