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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Best Spots for Cherry Blossoms in Gifu / Aichi

We are lucky here in the Gifu and Aichi area of Japan to have many great spots for viewing the beautiful cherry blossoms. This year they are expected to start blooming earlier than usual and the estimated start date of the bloom is around March 21 in both Gifu and Nagoya. The peak is estimated for around March 29-30.

Below are some of my favourite spots for cherry blossom viewing in the area.

Nagoya-jo Castle – featuring 10 different types and 1600 cherry trees around the park and along the moat of the castle. This is one of the best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan. Best from late March to early April.

Tsuruma Koen – located in Tsurumai, Nagoya, it features 1000 cherry trees. It is a popular hanami spot with many food stands and plenty of space for hanami parties under the trees. Best from late March to early April.

Inuyama-jo Castle – located in Inuyama City, just outside of Nagoya, it features 400 cherry trees set around the grounds of the famous castle. Best from late March to early April.

Sunomata-jo Castle – located just outside of Ogaki City, Gifu on the banks of the Sai and Nagara Rivers, it features 1000 cherry trees. The castle is a replica of the famous original, which is said to have been built in one night. The area around the castle is illuminated at night and is very spectacular. Best from late March to early April.

Gifu Koen – featuring 480 cherry trees in the area around Gifu park from the foot of Mount Kinka to the Japan-China Friendship Garden, it is one of the best spots for cherry blossom viewing in Gifu. This spot can be enjoyed during both the daytime and the evening/night. Best from late March to early April.

Shinsakai River - located in Kagamigahara City near the Shimin Koen Park this is one of the best spots in Gifu and features in Japan's top 100 best sakura locations. The banks of the river have around 1200 cherry trees and there are many food vendors making this a fantastic hanami location. Best from late March to early April.

Usuzumi Sakura – located in Motosu City, Gifu, it is one of the oldest cherry trees in Japan and considered one of Japan's Three Great Sakura. This unique cherry blossom initially sprouts pale pink flowers, which become white in full bloom. Usuzumi Park features around 50 cherry trees. Best from early April to late April.

Take a look at the Cherry Blossom Forecast 2013 from Japan Travel Advice

Where are you planning to see the Cherry Blossoms this year?

8 comments:

  1. I wish I can see them. *pout*

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    1. Thanks Lina, Maybe next year. I hope you can enjoy our pictures and that inspires you to visit again in spring :)

      John

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  2. I'm planning a few walks next to the rivers and the canals in the shitamachi. I hope you're planning on publishing many photos! :)

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    1. Thanks Ru, Looking forward to your pictures. The cherry blossoms should have started this weekend, so hope to get out and see them in Gifu. Currently in Okayama and they aren't due to a bit later.

      John

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  3. Forgot one of the best! Okazaki Castle. Best time is the 2nd weekend in April when everything is in full bloom and there is the Okazaki Gyoretsu.

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    1. Hi Justin, Okazaki Castle is one of the best spots in Aichi for cherry blossom viewing and was not forgotten. It was on the original list, but decided to go with places close to home here in Gifu City. Hopefully in the near future I can expand the list and pay this amazing place a visit.

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