SAKURA FLOWER(CHERRY BLOSSOMS)Flower Festival

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SAKURA (CHERRY BLOSSOMS) Flower Festival

The cherry blossom, or sakura, is Japan's unofficial national flower and there are many dozens of different cherry tree varieties in Japan. However, the cherry blossom season is relatively short and most varieties of cherry tree only blossom for a few weeks at most in spring. From late March to early April, sakura go into full bloom all over Japan. The blossom forecast ("sakurazensen") is announced each year by the Japanese Meteorological Agency .As the full-bloom period is short, the announcements are waited on by the media and all eager party planners.LinkIconSakura Tours

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1.Kikko Park Iwakuni, Yamaguchi

The brightest period is between the end of March and the beginning of April.

The five fabulous arches of Kintaikyo Bridge, known to be the symbol of castle town Iwakuni for nearly 300 years, has been built without a single nail and is referred to as one of the Three Amazing Bridges of Japan. 3,000 cherry trees are planted around the bridge and the magnificent blossoms are lit up at night.

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2.Senkoji Park Onomichi city, Hiroshima

The brightest period is between the end of March and the middle of April.

The five fabulous arches of Kintaikyo Bridge, known to be the symbol of castle town Iwakuni for nearly 300 years, has been built without a single nail and is referred to as one of the Three Amazing Bridges of Japan. 3,000 cherry trees are planted around the bridge and the magnificent blossoms are lit up at night.

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3.Kimidera Temple Wakayama city, Wakayama

The brightest period is between the end of March and the beginning of April.

Kimiidera Temple is located half-way up Mt. Nagusa. It is famous for having the earliest blooming cherry blossoms in the Kansai Region.

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4.Mt.Yoshino Yoshino-gun, Nara

The brightest period is between the end of March and the beginning of April.

Mt. Yoshino, of the Omine mountain range, is covered by about 30,000 cherry trees and is famous for its picturesque cherry blossoms in the spring. Deep v-shaped valleys, formed by currents from the Kumano river, make a spectacular view.

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5.Himeji castle Himeji city, Hyogo

The brightest period is between the end of March and the beginning of April.

The white walls of a famous castle and cherry blossoms are the very things that you will see here. Cherry blossoms in full bloom are set off by the white walls of "World Cultural Heritage" Himeji Castle.There couldn't be a more perfect combination. In Himeji Castle Park (San no Maru Hiroba) the cherry trees number close to 2000.

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6.Zoheikyoku (mint) Osaka city, Osaka

The brightest period is between the end of March and the beginning of April.

There are various kinds about 370 sakura trees in the grounds of Japan Mint Osaka Head office. The cherry blossom lane from the north gate to the south gate is open to the public for a week when the flowers are in full bloom. The event is called "zoheikyoku sakura notorinuke" and is the most popular cherry blossom viewing in osaka.

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7.Daigoji Temple Kyoto city, Kyoto

The brightest period is between the end of March and the beginning of April.

Daigoji Temple is well known for cherry blossoms. In 1598, Hideyoshi Toyotomi held a hana-mi party here. It is remembered as the most luxurious one.

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8.Neodani / Usuzumi Park Motosu city, Gifu

The brightest period is between the beginning of April and the middle of April.

The height of this tree is 12m, the circumference is 11m,and the kind of cherry tree is "Edohigan". It is specified as the natural monument of the country.

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9.Suzakura Shrine Nagano city, Nagano

The brightest period is between the middle of April and the end of April.

The height of this tree is 12m, the circumference is 11m,and the kind of cherry tree is "Edohigan". It is specified as the natural monument of the country.

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10.Yamataka Jindai Jisshoji Temple Kitakoma-gun, Yamanashi

The brightest period is between the beginning of April and the end of April

This is the oldest Cherry Tree in Japan (about 1,800 years old) and one of the three most famous Cherry Trees in Japan. Its reaches to 11 meters around the bottom of the trunk. In 1921, this Cherry Tree was reserved as National Natural Monument.

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11.Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa city, Kanazawa.

The brightest period is between the beginning of April and the end of April

This large stroll-type landscape garden covering about 100,000 square meters (24.7 acres) has Kasumigaike Pond at its center, and various hills, streams, smaller ponds and falls around it provide great variety. Stone lanterns and stone bridges grace the garden. 400 cherry trees of 40 species come into full bloom in April.

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12.Kakunodate, Senboku city, Akita

The brightest period is between the beginning of April and the end of April

The view of the big weeping cherry trees all standing in a line on both side of the road is just a grand sight.
Moreover, the row of cherry trees on the Hinokinai- River' banks are also worthy of a look.

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13.Shinjuku gyoen Shinjuku,Tokyo

The brightest period is between the end of March and the middle of April.

In Shinjuku Gyoen, we can enjoy cherry blossoms from the middle of February to the end of April every year.
The blooming period depends on the species, we can enjoy various kinds of cherry blossoms for quite long term.

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14.Hirosaki Park Hirosaki, city, Aomori

The brightest period is between the end of April and the beginning of May.

There are about 5000 cherry trees of many different kinds, such as various weeping cherry trees. The cherry blossoms are especially beautiful at night,so it's better to stay there for at least a night.

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