Spring Flowers in Japan - Japan Sakura Bloom 2018 Map Guide

February 22, 2018

Many people would visit Japan during spring season because they want to see the beautiful sakura that has become the iconic flower of Japan, and I was one of them. I have visited Japan for Sakura season around 2-3 times and still love the season so much despite the tourist crowd all over Japan (both local and international)


Spring has good weather, pretty flowers, cute limited edition items of sakura from many brands, as well as colorful scenery everywhere! However catching sakura is pretty difficult and I would recommend 1-2 weeks stay in certain period to catch the full bloom. To help you planning the dates to visit Japan, here's the map as given by JNTO!




Stay from the last week of March to first week of April to catch Sakura in Tokyo or Osaka. But if you cant come during the time, or want to avoid tourist crowd or high surcharge price during high season, I suggest you come a little bit later and enjoy Sakura in Tohoku, Kanazawa, or Hokkaido Area (upper part of Japan)

Basic geography for sakura hunting is, the souther it is, the faster it blooms, and the norther it is, it is colder hence the flowers bloom later. This doesnt apply to high areas such as mountains that's practically colder than city or beach areas (Kyoto included)

But spring in Japan is not only about Sakura. In fact, there are other mindblowing flowers in Japan that you should catch! 



Kanto

The Great Wisteria Festival
Place : Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture
Period : April 18th to May 20th
 Ashikaga Flower Park is located in Tochigi Prefecture, about 90 minutes by car or 2 hours by train from the center of Tokyo.
In the garden area, various flowers bloom through the four seasons, especially in the Spring Garden where wisteria flower is overwhelmingly beautiful. Great wisteria and a tunnel of white wisteria are the symbols of the park. A great wisteria is almost 150 years old, and beautiful flowers bloom on branches spreading to 900 square meters. This is really worth to watch!

For more information, click here
 
Freesia Festival in Hachijojima Island
Place : Hachijojima Island, Tokyo
Period : Late March to Early April
Hachijojima Island is located 1 hour by airplane from Tokyo (Haneda) Airport. “Hachijojima Freesia Festival” is held every spring and very popular as an event that offers a breathtaking view. In that place, there are about 350 thousand freesia that can be picked for free.
Many other spring events will be held during the festival period. Come, experience and don’t miss the arrival of spring on a beautiful island filled with rustic charm!

For more information, click here
Chubu

Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Place : Minamitsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture
Period : April 14th to May 27th
The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is an event of moss phlox to be held at Fuji Motosu Lake Resort in Yamanashi Prefecture. The event is the largest scale in the suburbs of Tokyo. The spectacular scenery where colorful flowers bloom all over the ground with Mt. Fuji behind will surely create an unforgettable memories

For more information, click here
Chugoku

Hiroshima Flower Festival
Place : Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Period : May 3rd to 5th
“Hiroshima Flower Festival” is held for 3 days in early May, during a cluster of holidays known as the Golden Week in Japan, with Peace Boulevard and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima City as its main venue.
With over 1.6 million visitors, it is one of the biggest events among Japanese festivals in the Golden Week. During the festival period, the town is decorated with various flowers, and the Peace Boulevard is lined with food and drink stalls. Markets and concerts are also held.

For more information, click here
Serakogen Farm Tulip Festival
Place : Sera, Hiroshima Prefecture
Period : April 14th to May 13th, 2018
At Serakogen Farm in Hiroshima, a tulip festival is held every spring. 750,000 tulips are planted in a field of 65,000 square meters, which is the largest area in Japan as a tulip field.
The design of the field using colorful tulips is changed every year. In fact, the theme of the design for 2018 is [花鳥風月ーKachoufugetsu], that means 【Japanese Beauties of Nature】.
The best time to see flowers will be around 20th April ~ 10th May.
You will surely be overwhelmed by its breathtaking scenery!

For more information, click here
Kyushu

Kawachi Fujien
Place : Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
Period : Mid April to Mid May
The best attraction here is the "Wisteria Flower Tunnel" that you can firstly see when you enter the park. The tunnel was colored with a scale of a delicate watercolor painting and has an exceptional beauty. There are two tunnels; an 80 meters and 110 meters, both of which consists of the same spectacular view. You will surely not be able to move forward from the entrance once you’ll see the wonderful sight of flowers with various colors blooming.

For more information, click here
The Huis Ten Bosch Tulip Festival
Place : Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
Period : February 10th to April 15th, 2018
Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture in Kyushu is a huge theme park with a European-style garden. Between February and April every year, a tulip festival will be held with 700 kinds of tulips. These various varieties of tulips bloom on a massive scale simultaneously during the special period from March 17th to April 9th. It looks like a carpet of flowers.
In Huis Ten Bosch, there are various ways to enjoy such as enjoying tulips that is lighting up at night.

For more information, click here

Hopefully you can enjoy Spring and dont forget to tag or mention me if you do! Because I would be the happiest when you enjoy your Japan trip the most, more than anymore else, because I truly believe Japan is beautiful ^^

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