Sakura or cherry blossom season is now underway and travelers from around the world are rushing to Japan to get a glimpse of these beautiful flowers. Since the flowers don't bloom all at once, the Japan Weather Association is now forecasting the time and place where people could catch these short but stunning natural event. Here are five best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan this season.
According to CNN, this active volcano is one of Japan's most famous natural attractions. It's surrounded by five different lakes which make the area a perfect spot for viewing cherry blossoms. It can become crowded especially this cherry blossom season but there are still a couple of nice locations given the vast area of Mt. Fuji.
Kanazawa may not be your typical Japanese destination but it does have a lot to offer. It's a magnificent historic city that has a little geisha community and a samurai district. But what this city is most famous for is its Kenrokuen Gardens, one of Japan's top three gardens, so there are definitely a lot of opportunities to view sakura here.
There are more than 1,500 sakura trees in Nara Park alone so but there are other places in Nara where you can see the flowers. According to Japan Guide, you can also view them in Heijo Palace, Koriyama Castle Ruins and Wakakusayama in the first weeks of April.
Compared to other sakura destinations, Kyoto is a more popular one because of its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It also has more than 1,600 temples which can make the whole sakura experience a whole lot better. You'll find a picturesque view of cherry blossoms edging the banks of the peaceful Kamogawa River.
Ueno Park, Tokyo
Even in the busy streets of Tokyo, there are still ways to catch these gorgeous blossoms and you can do that in Ueno Park. There are thousands of sakura trees in this park and during sakura season, the lanterns would even make the whole experience more surreal.