Top 10 Japan's sakura spots of 2012

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The Japan's cherry blossom are in full-bloom in this weekend in the many area of Japan, such as Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. WalkerPlus, Japan's town magazine, has been conducting the online poll of "The cherry blossom spots that they want to visit." Check out where Japanese people love to see cherry blossom this year.

In addition to the top 10 ranking of Japan, we've added the regional rankings of Tokyo / Osaka / Nagoya areas.

Use it as a reference for your last-minutes Ohanami planning or next year!

 

* The ranking stats were taken on April 6, 2012.

* Some of Google Map links are pointing to the approximate center of the area.

Japan's Top 10

1. Tokyo / Meguro River / めぐろがわ / 目黒川

Season: April 5-

Nearby Stations:

Nakameguro Sta. (Tokyu Toyoko Line, and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)

Meguro Sta. (JR)

Google Map ]

2. Tokyo / Chidorigafuchi / ちどりがふち / 千鳥ヶ淵

Season: April 5-

Nearby Stations:

Kudanshita (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, and Toei Shinjuku Line)

Hanzomon (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)

Google Map ]

3. Tokyo / Ueno Onshi Park / うえのおんしこうえん / 上野恩賜公園

Season: April 5-

Nearby Station: Ueno Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, and Keisei)

Google Map ]

4. Tokyo / Sumida Park in Sumida Ward / すみだくすみだこうえん / 墨田区隅田公園

Season: April 5-

Nearby Stations:

Asakusa (Tobu Isesaki Line, and Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)

Honjo Azuma-bashi (Toei Asakusa Line)

Google Map ]

5. Nagoya (Iwakura) / Gojo River / ごじょうがわ / 五条川

Season: April 4-

Nearby Station: Iwakura (Meitetsu Inuyama Line)

[ Google Map ]

6. Nishinomiya (Hyogo) / Shukugawa Park / しゅくがわこうえん / 夙川公園

Season: April 10~

Nearby Stations:

Shukugawa (Hankyu Kobe Line)

Kurakuen Guchi (Hankyu Koyo Line)

Sakura Shukugawa (JR)

Koroen (Hanshin Honsen)

Google Map ]

7. Tokyo / Shinjuku Gyoen / しんじゅくぎょえん / 新宿御苑

Season: April 5~

Nearby Stations:

Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)

Sendagaya (JR)

Shinjuku (JR) - 10min walk

Google Map ]

8. Tokyo / Yoyogi Park / よよぎこうえん / 代々木公園

Season: April 5~

Nearby Stations:

Harajuku (JR)

Yoyogi Koen / Yoyogi Park (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)

Meiji Jingu Mae (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)

Yoyogi Hachiman (Odakyu Odawara Line)

Google Map ]

9. Nagoya / Nagoya Castle / なごやじょう / 名古屋城

Season: April 6~

Nearby Station: Shiyakusho / City Hall (Nagoya Subway Meijo Line)

Admission fee required

Google Map ]

10. Tokyo / Yasukuni Shrine / やすくにじんじゃ / 靖国神社

Season: April 5~

Nearby Stations:

Kudanshita (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line & Hanzomon Line, and Toei Shinjuku Line)

Iidabashi (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Nanboku Line, & Yurakucho Line)

Ichigaya (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, and Toei Shinjuku Line)

Google Map ]

 

Tokyo / Kanto's Top 10

1. Meguro / Meguro River / めぐろがわ / 目黒川 [ Google Map ]

2. Chiyoda / Chidorigafuchi / ちどりがふち / 千鳥ヶ淵 [ Google Map ]

3. Taito / Ueno Onshi Park / うえのおんしこうえん / 上野恩賜公園 [ Google Map ]

4. Sumida / Sumida Park in Sumida Ward / すみだくすみだこうえん / 墨田区隅田公園 [ Google Map ]

5. Shinjuku / Shinjuku Gyoen / しんじゅくぎょえん / 新宿御苑 [ Google Map ]

6. Harajuku / Yoyogi Park / よよぎこうえん / 代々木公園 [ Google Map ]

7. Chiyoda / Yasukuni Shrine / やすくにじんじゃ / 靖国神社 [ Google Map ]

8. Tokoy - Kita / Asukayama Park / あすかやまこうえん / 飛鳥山公園 [ Google Map ]

9. Yokohama / Mitsuike Park / みついけこうえん / 三ツ池公園 [ Google Map ]

10. Murashino / Inokashira Onshi Park / いのかしらおんしこうえん / 井の頭恩賜公園 [ Google Map ]

 

Osaka, Kyoto, Nara / Kansai's Top 10

1. Nishinomiya / Shukuwaka Park / しゅくかわこうえん / 夙川公園 [ Google Map ]

2. Osaka / Kema Sakuranomita Park / けまさくらのみやこうえん / 毛馬桜宮公園 [ Google Map ]

3. Kobe / Oji Zoo / おうじどうぶつえん / 王子動物園 [ Google Map ]

4. Hachiman, Kyoto / Yodogawa Kasen Park / よどがわかせんこうえん / 淀川河川公園 [ Google Map ]

5. Osaka / Osaka Castle Nishino-maru Garden / おおさかじょう にしのまる ていえん / 大阪城西の丸庭園 [ Google Map ]

6. Kyoto / Daigo Temple / だいごじ / 醍醐寺 [ Google Map ]

7. Yoshino, Nara / Mt. Yoshino / よしのやま / 吉野山 [ Google Map ]

8. Kyoro / Arashiyama / あらしやま / 嵐山 [ Google Map ]

9. Wakayama / Wakayama Castle / わかやまじょう / 和歌山城 [ Google Map ]

10. Suita, Osaka / Expo Memorial Park / ばんぱくきねんこうえん / 万博記念公園 [ Google Map ]

 

Nagoya / Tokai's Top 10

1. Iwakura / Gojo River / ごじょうがわ / 五条川 [ Google Map ]

2. Nagoya / Nagoya Castle / なごやじょう / 名古屋城 [ Google Map ]

3. Nagoya / Yamazaki River / やまさきがわ / 山崎川 [ Google Map ]

4. Ito, Shizuoka / Izukogen / いずこうげん / 伊豆高原 [ Google Map ]

5. Nagoya / Tsurumai Park / つるまいこうえん / 鶴舞公園 [ Google Map ]

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6. Okazaki / Okazaki Park / おかざきこうえん / 岡崎公園 [ Google Map ]

7. Shinjo / Sakurabuchi Park / さくらぶちこうえん / 桜淵公園 [ Google Map ]

8. Hamamatsu / Hamamatsu Castle Park / はままつじょうこうえん / 浜松城公園 [ Google Map ]

9. Inuyama / Inuyama Castle / いぬやまじょう / 犬山城 [ Google Map ]

10. Oyama, Shizuoka / Fuji Reien / ふじれいえん / 富士霊園 [ Google Map ]

 

We don't want you to be left out as much as possible. The followings is the hand picked places in the rest of Japan.

Hokkaido / Tohoku

Hokkaido / Maruyama Park / まるやまこうえん / 円山公園 [ Google Map ]

Aomori / Hirosaki Castle Park / ひろさきこうえん / 弘前公園 [ Google Map ]

Miharu, Fukushima / MIharu Taki  / みはるたき / 三春滝 [ Google Map ]

 

Koshinetsu

Minobu, Yamanashi / Minobu Yama Kuon Temple / みのぶやま くおんじ / 身延山久遠寺 [ Google Map ]

 

Hokuriku

Kanazawa / Kenrokuen / けんろくえん / 兼六園 [ Google Map ]

 

Chugoku

Tsuyama, Okayama / Tsuyama Castle / つやまじょう / 津山城 [ Google Map ]

Hiroshima / Kanbara's Sakura / かんばらのしだれざくら / 神原のしだれ桜 [ Google Map ]

 

Shikoku

Takamatsu, Kagawa / Ritsurin Park / りつりんこうえん / 栗林公園 [ Google Map ]

Matsuyama, Ehime / Matsuyama Castle Park / まつやまじょうこうえん / 松山城公園 [ Google Map ]

 

Kyushu

Fukuoka / Nishi Park / にしこうえん / 西公園 [ Google Map ]

 

Blooming forecast

 

Ask your Japanese friend(s)!

There are many other places that you should visit. Everywhere in Japan has its own beautiful famous cherry blossom spots. Don't hesitate to ask your neighbor.

Where is the best place for cherry blossom?

近所で、桜が、きれいなところはどこですか?
Kinjo de, Sakura-ga, Kirei-na, tokoro-wa, doko-desuka?

 

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