Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Japan among the cherry blossoms in a Japanese garden

Stroll under the sprawling foliage of cherry blossoms at Okayama Korakuen Garden, right across from Okayama Castle. (Okayama)

Okayama Korakuen Garden is one of Japan’s top three gardens. It was built in the Edo period by the feudal lord of Okayama. Laid out among the extensive and interconnecting paths in the garden are the feudal lord’s sitting room, Noh stage and other historic buildings that are nestled between expansive grassy areas, as well as a minituare man-made hill and tea house set in the centre of the garden’s pond. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Japan while strolling through Korakuen, which is especially beautiful and awash in color during the cherry blossom season. You will find breathtaking and picturesque scenery throughout Korakuen with its backdrop of the majestic Okayama Castle, which is also called the raven castle (ujou) for its jet black walls. Nearby is the popular cherry blossom viewing (hanami) spot, Asahikawa Sakura-Michi.

The Yaesu red weeping cherry trees are forecast to be in full bloom from early-to-mid April.

Okayama Korakuen Garden
Address
1-5 Korakuen, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama [Map]
Open
7:30-18:00
Closed
None
Price
Adults aged 15-64 years: 400 yen, Aged 65 years and over: 140 yen, High school students and younger: Free (until March 31, 2019)
Credit card
Accepted
Cherry blossom
Approx. 280 trees
Full bloom
From late March to early April
Light up
None
Parking
250
Access
Take the direct bus from JR Okayama Station and get off at the Korakuen-mae stop; it’s right near the bus stop.
Contact
Okayama Korakuen Garden
TEL
+81-86-272-1148
URL
Website

MAP

Enjoy elegantly blooming cherry blossoms silhouetted against the Taikobashi bridges (arched bridges) at Utsubuki Park (Tottori)

Set at the foot of the 204-meter-tall Utsubuki mountain is Utsubuki Park, the symbol of Kurayoshi City in Tottori Prefecture. Among the virgin forest where the Itajii evergreen trees and other vegetation thrive are around 2000 cherry blossom trees, which when in bloom are such a splendid scenery that they have earned the park a place in Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom scenic spots. The cherry blossoms blooming in abundance around the Taikobashi bridges crossing the park’s pond are particularly breathtaking, especially their elegant silloutte when illuminted at night by the paper lanterns on the bridge. Utsubuki Park also has a musuem and a Friendly Square where visitors can interact with small animals, as well as a viewing deck and other facilities to leisurely enjoy. Be sure to sample the famous local delicacy Utsubuki Park Dumpling, priced from 520 yen for one serving.

Utsubuki Park
Address
Nakano-cho, Kurayoshi City, Tottori [Map]
Open
Open to the public
Closed
None
Price
None
Cherry blossom
Approx. 2000 trees
Full bloom
From late March to early April
Light up
From late March to early May, 18:00 to 22:00 (scheduled)
Parking
Approx. 400 cars *Surrounding tourist car park areas can be used
Access
Approx. 15 minutes on the city bus Shiyakusho-Keiyu Bus from Jr Kurayoshi Station. Get off at Shiyakusho Utsubuki Koen Iriguchi Bus Stop; the park is right there.
Contact
Kurayoshi White Wall Warehouse Tourism Center
TEL
+81-858-22-1200
URL
Website

MAP

Experience the exquisite hues of pine trees and cherry blossoms reflected in the lake surface at Ritsurin Garden (Kagawa)

Dubbed a national treasure of gardens, Ritsurin Garden is a designated place of exceptional beauty. Landscaped in the path-around-a-pond style of the gardens of feudal lords that flourished in the Edo period, the path that circles around the hilly banks of the pond provides visitors with an enthralling “different scenery for every step” view of the garden that continually changes as you follow it. In spring you can enjoy a symphony of colors as the cherry blossoms and pine trees are reflected on the water’s surface, creating an exquisite combination of light pink hues with shades of verdant green. You can also rent a multilingual audio guide “Ritsurin Talk” (200 yen per use and 1000 yen deposit) at the ticket sales counter at the park entrance.

Ritsurin Garden
Address
1-20-16 Ritsurin-cho, Takamatsu City, Kagawa [Map]
Open
March: 6:30-18:00 April: 5:30-18:30
Closed
None
Price
Adult: 410 yen, Elementary/Junior high school student: 170 yen Preschool children and younger: free
Credit card
Not accepted
Cherry blossom
Approx. 320 trees
Full bloom
From late March to early April
Light up
From late March to early April, 18:00-21:00 (Last entrance 20:30)
Parking
62 cars (100 yen/25 minutes)
Access
Around a 3-minute walk from JR Ritsurin Koen Kitaguchi Station
Contact
Ritsurin Garden Tourism Office
TEL
+81-87-833-7411
URL
Website

MAP

(This information is as of March 2018)

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