The sight of the cherry blossoms is exquisite! 5 Recommended Hanami Spots in Nagoya
Hanami is one of the pleasures of Japanese spring. Hanami literally means to look at the flowers, and at the peak of the cherry blossoms blooming, parks nationwide become filled with people. Here are 5 recommended spots in Nagoya to enjoy hanami during your trip!
1. Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle is one of Nagoya's most popular sightseeing areas, and on the grounds there are around 1,000 cherry blossom trees. There are around ten types of cherry blossom trees, centering around the best-known Yoshino cherry tree and the weeping shidare cherry tree, and the entire grounds becomes covered in blossoms. The sight of the castle tower behind the cherry blossoms is a must-see scenery only available in the spring. Every year they hold a Sakura Matsuri, a festival celebrating the cherry blossoms, and you can also enjoy the mystical sight of the trees lit up at night.
Entrance fee: 500 JPY for adults
Cherry blossoms season is between late March and early April
2. The Museum Meiji-Mura
The Museum Meiji-Mura preserves and displays buildings from the Meiji era (1868 - 1912), the era which laid down the foundations for modern day Japan. Within the wide grounds are more than 60 culturally important buildings, including nationally-designated important cultural properties, that you can tour. In the spring, about 800 cherry blossom trees bloom. Depending on the type of cherry blossom, their peak season ranges: in late March, the shidare cherry blossom trees bloom, in early April the Yoshino cherry blossom trees bloom, and mid-April is the season for yaezakura (a type of tree with multilayered blossoms).
Entrance fee: 1,700 JPY for adults
Season is from late March to mid-April
3. Tsurumai Park
Tsurumai Park has been beloved by locals as a rest area for more than 100 years. It's a spot that was chosen as one of Japan's top 100 areas for cherry blossoms, and there are around 750 trees on the grounds, mostly Yoshino cherry. Within the park are also a western-style garden, a Japanese garden, a row of deodar cedar trees, and a water fountain tower, so there are plenty of sights to enjoy along with the cherry blossoms. From late March to mid-June they hold the Tsurumai Park Flower Festival to match with the various seasons for spring flowers. During the cherry blossom season especially many stalls are set up and it's very festive! At night paper lanterns are lit up around the trees for a beautiful sight you should try to see.
Season is from late March to early April
4. Yamazakigawa Shiki no Michi
Yamazakigawa is a river that runs through the Mizuho area and it's a famous spot also chosen as one of Japan's top 100 areas for cherry blossoms. Around 2.8km of riverbank on both sides are studded with around 600 Yoshino cherry trees, so you can enjoy a leisurely hanami while walking down the pedestrian road built on the riverside called Shiki no Michi ("road of he four seasons"). A particularly recommended path is starting from the southern side from the Ishikawa Oohashi bridge. From that angle, you can enjoy a beautiful sight of the branches stretching towards the surface of the river. Also, the 100m stretch between the Kanaehashi bridge and the Kanae-Kohashi bridge is lit up at night. The mystical sight of the cherry blossoms trees lit up to look like they're floating is a must-see!
Season is between late March and early April
5. Tougokusan Fruits Park
This spot is at the foot of Tougokusan, a mountain in the northeastern part of Nagoya. This is a fruit theme park with various facilities like an orchard where you can pick about 15 kinds of fruit and a tropical fruit greenhouse where you can see about 100 types of rare fruit. Within the park are around 1,000 shidare cherry blossom trees, and in early April they hold the Shidarezakura Matsuri festival. Being able to see this rare type of cherry blossom is great. It's also famous for yaebeni shidare cherry blossoms, which have a lovely pink color.
Season is from early to mid-April
If you're in Nagoya during the cherry blossom season, all of these spots are places you should check out. Please enjoy Japanese spring while being surrounded by beautiful blossoms.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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