Below is a list of Matsuyama'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.

Matsuyama Castle••

Early April
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days in spring
Admission: 520 yen
Hundreds of cherry trees are planted on the grounds of Matsuyama Castle in the center of the city. The view from the castle tower over the trees and the city beyond is remarkable.

Dogo Park

Early April
Free entry; always open
Dogo Park is a pleasant public park in Dogo Onsen on the outskirts of Matsuyama. The park has many attractive spots for holding hanami parties which often involve barbecues.

Matsuyama Sogo Park

Early April
Free entry; always open
Matsuyama Sogo Park is located on a hill about one kilometer west of Matsuyama Station. The spacious park has wide lawns for picnics, a huge jungle gym playground, and many benches for people to sit around. At the top of the hill stands a multi-storied observation deck in the shape of a Western fortress with great views over the city and Matsuyama Castle in the distance. The park's several hundred cherry trees typically bloom a few days later than the ones in central Matsuyama.

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

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