Top 10 Incredible Vernal Locations in Japan

Top 10 Incredible Vernal Locations in Japan

The easternmost country seems to welcome spring first as well. We have picked ten wonderful locations in spring, that attract millions of visitors to Japan. Check out the list and choose your destination.

10. Wisteria Tunnel, Kitakyushu

Twenty different species of Wisteria are found in Kawachi Fuji Gardens, that are 5 hours drive from Tokyo. White, blue, pink, purple and violet petals create an impression of a fairy-tale like place. A walk in this blooming tunnel must be so exhilarating and relaxing!

When to go there?

The best time of the year to visit the park is from late April to middle of May.

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9. Osaka Castle

Commissioned by powerful dimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 16th century, the castle has been a symbol of the city ever since. Incredibly luxurious, the palace features gold decorations inside and out – a result of Toyotomi’s obsession with the precious metal. A witness to many dramatic events, today the reconstructed building attracts visitors from around the world.

Why to go there?

It is especially beautiful during the cherry blossom festival from March to April.

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8. Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

This quiet and striking nature retreat attracts the locals and tourists for a stroll. Bamboo plays a very prominent part in Asian culture. In Japan the bamboo forests often surround shrines to protect them against evil.

Why to go there?

Situated in the mountains, forest’s paths lead to the top, where amazing panorama of the forest and river opens. Also on top of the mountain there is a Monkey Park, where over a hundred of monkeys roam free.

Bamboo-Photo by Peter Stewart

Photo by Peter Stewart

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Photo by Structuresxx

Bamboo-Photo by Haruka Suzuki

Photo by Haruka Suzuki

7. Tea Fields, Shizuoka

Tea plays a very important part in Japanese food culture. The Japanese tea ceremony has more than a thousand years of history. Therefore there are a lot of tea fields in Japan and they are as beautiful as the ceremonies. The Shizuoka plantation is situated on the Mount Fuji side and is one of the oldest in the country – green tea was first planted here in 13th century.

Why to go there?

The developed tourism offers to visit the World Tea Museum, to pick and prepare tea leaves yourself and then to participate in a tea ceremony.

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Photo by Musapoo

6. Chidorigafuchi Park, Tokyo

It is one of the most popular and favorite places to observe the sakuras in the city. A romantic walkaway of lined 260 cherry trees attracts almost a million visitors annually from all around the country.

Why to go there?

Boating in the river and observing the blossoms from water is a fun and a really good idea, since the park is usually packed with crowds at this time.

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5. Fuji Shibazakura Festival, Fuji Five Lakes

hibazakura or pink moss is a flower, that blossoms in very vivid pink, magenta or white colors. Three kilometers from Lake Motosuko, the festival will attract visitors for almost six weeks. The vast blossoming pink fields with Mount Fuji in the background are the signature features of the festival. Visitors gather to admire 800,000 stalks of flowers of 5 different colors.

Why to go there?

Just like cherry blossoms, shibazakura also represents the transience of beauty. And with Mount Fuji, which is the symbol of Japan, the festival offers an authentic Japanese experience.

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Fuji-Photo by Alan Nee

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4. Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka

A park in Japan is a real treat for your eyes: whatever time of the year you would came here, it will always greet you with colorful flowery fields, covering the area. Besides the beautiful nature, an amusement park will provide you with plenty of activities.

Why to go there?

Spring here blossoms with tulips and narcissus. You can explore the colorful fields by walking or cycling.

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3. Inokashira Park

Found in the western Tokyo, the park features Inokashira Pond and the Kanda River, that provide a fun water sports activities. In spring the cherry blossoms cover the surface of the river, making it look magical!

Why to go there?

Enjoy hiking in the beautiful park, boating and kayaking in the river.

Inokashira-Photo by Danilo Dungo

Photo by Danilo Dungo

Inokashira-Photo by Ryan WH

Photo by Ryan WH

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2. Ueno Park, Tokyo

The park was established in 1873 on the grounds that previously were part of Kan’ei-ji temple. After it was open to the public, it had become one of the most favorite recreational attractions among the locals as well as tourists.

Why to go there?

Every year the park attracts over ten million visitors, making it the most popular city park in Japan!

Ueno-Photo by Aurora Simionescu

Photo by Aurora Simionescu

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1. Mt. Yoshino

The historic city is famous since the ancient times for the incredible scenery in spring. Hundreds of sakuras cover the slopes of the mountain under the pink blossom sea. It is popular among the hikers, who can admire the views from the top.

Why to go there?

Pilgrims used to climb the mountain as a part of a sacred pilgrimage. Today the tradition is still being carried on.

Yoshino-Photo by Yoshiki Fujiwara

Photo by Yoshiki Fujiwara

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