Enjoy Japan’s Iconic Cherry Blossom Across Picturesque Aichi Prefecture
Some of the nations’top cherry blossom viewing spots are right here in Aichi Prefecture!
Come spring and the over 800 "Sakura" cherry trees spread in the area around Okazaki Castle show their proud colors. The evenings during the festival's period feature artificial illumination that lights up the flowery orchard, creating highly enjoyable and fantastic sights.
Designated as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom viewing spots, over one kilometer of Nagoya’s Yamazaki River is lined both sides with large, lush cherry trees, and the walkway along the river is also lined with cherry blossom, adding to your enjoyment.
The Gojo River, flowing through Aichi Prefecture is also ranked on Japan’s Top 100 cherry blossom viewing list. The Iwakura City leg of the Gojo River is one of the many recommended spots to see the best cherry blossom.
Just over 400 years ago, during the early Edo Period, a 47km long embankment was constructed between Inuyama and Yatomi City along the Kiso River. In 1885, a 9km stretch between Ichinomiya City's Kitagata-cho and Kusai District in Konan City was populated with three different types of cherry trees, becoming one of the areas' most admired cherry blossom vantage points.
Tsuruma Park is famous for countless reasons, but undoubtedly it is first and foremost known for its forest of sakura cherry trees that, in late March, start to bloom all at once. Thus it is painted in pinkish hues that attract flocks of people for the customary “Hanami” flower watching picnics, so treasured in Japanese culture. Such a fame earned the park a place in the country’s 100 Best Sakura Spots.
Sakurabuchi Park, a designated Prefectural Nature Park, takes its name from its avenues lined with cherry blossoms ("sakura") and its deep pools of water (the "buchi" in the park's name) and features some of the most outstanding scenery in the prefecture. The park is famed for its blooming cherry blossoms that seem to dye pink the banks of the Toyokawa river that meanders through the park's center.
The city of Kariya celebrates its Sakura Cherry Blossoms Festival every year. Among the lots of nice places for sightseeing those gorgeous flowers, there is Suhara Park, about 2km north of the Kariya Highway Oasis, with the Suhara Pound adding to the magnificent views.
Higashiura-Town every year holds the “Odai Festival” in honor to "Odai-no-Kata", mother of Hero Tokugawa Ieyasu and a natural of those parts. Events in the celebration involves a procession of about 2km by both margins of the Myotokuji River, known as the “Odai Stroll Pathway”, under the shadow of 400 trees of sakura planted along both embankments, all in full bloom by the time of the event.
In Spring, Mt. Komakiyama's famed Cherry Blossom Festival takes place, filling the premises with crowds of people enjoying the gorgeous sakura blooming everywhere. In the two days of the festival, especially installed illumination lit up the flowers from 6 PM to 9 PM making for added beauty, and the museum inside the castle operate for extended hours. Activities for the kids and guided tours will enhance your experience even further.