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!
With illumination during the evening, and attractions for all ages during the day, including food vendors, open-air market, and interesting arquebus matchlock live fire demonstrations.
Approximately 3000 weeping peaches flourish in the Asahi District's Kaminaka-cho. The walking paths in the area are lined with beautiful weeping peach blossoms for about 1 kilometer. Early to mid April is usually the best time to view the flowers, though they can bloom at different times in some years.
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.
The Agricultural Park Todagawa Greens boasts over 1,100 specimens of 80 varieties of cherry trees planted across its premises. Each variety has a budding time slightly different, with some blossoming between early and late March, others mid- to late March, then the late March to early April ones, and finally the mid- to late April species. As such, for almost two entire months, the park boasts a continuous blossoming of sakura that attracts flocks of guests eager to see them.
The Shonai Ryokuchi Greens has about 28,000 rapeseed shrubs and 700 sakura cherry trees which, come Spring, all start to bloom at once. This is celebrated with the Rapeseed & Sakura Festival, featuring a series of attractions and other events such as concerts, workshops, and more.
Held annually at the Arakogawa Park, besides the vast cherry tree orchard in gorgeous bloom, this Cherry Blossoms Festival features concerts, experiential events, and other attractions. Evenings are decorated by the artificial illumination that shrouds the whole place under a fantastic ambience.
Cherry blossoms and Thunberg's meadowsweets bloom along a 200-meter-long promenade in a Japanese-style garden. Known as Yukiyanagi in Japan, the snow-white blossoms contrast perfectly with the pale pink cherry buds in full bloom. Together, they create a beautiful, dream-like scenery. Visit the park from late March to early April to enjoy the flowers in bloom. Admission is free.