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Recommended castles and cherry blossom viewing spots

Recommended castles and cherry blossom viewing spots

Castles are a symbol of the samurai, and the cherry blossom is said to be a symbol of samurai life: short, sweet, and ready to fall gracefully. Here are a few ideal places to see both castles, and cherry blossom at their best.

Nagoya CityNagoya Castle and Hommaru Palace

Magnificent cherry blossoms at majestic Nagoya Castle

The western moats of Nagoya Castle provide some of the better cherry blossom viewing, with the blossom overhanging the stone walls and reflecting in the still waters of the moat. Along Nagoya Castle’s outer moat, you’ll also find many large cherry trees and some good areas to stop for a picnic too.

Inuyama CityNational Treasure Inuyama Castle

Treasures natural and national

Situated on a tree-covered hill, and with a great many of those trees boasting beautiful cherry blossoms, National Treasure Inuyama Castle is a stunning site in spring. The view from the top of the keep looking down on the hillside is simply stunning.

Inuyama CityUrakuen Japanese Garden / National Treasure Joan Teahouse

Tea rooms and cherry blossom at Inuyama’s Urakuen
See the traditional National Treasure traditional teahouse Joan in the cherry tree-filled gardens of Inuyama’s Urakuen Garden. During spring, when the cherry blossoms come into bloom, the classic structure seems to glow. It’s something you have to see to understand!

Urakuen Japanese Garden

Okazaki CityOkazaki Castle

Cherry blossom viewing at the Shogun’s Castle

One of Aichi’s premier cherry blossom viewing spots is on the grounds of Okazaki Castle. Over a thousand cherry trees bloom simultaneously, making it seem as though the castle keep is floating on a cloud of light pink blossoms. The blossoms are also lit up at night during the annual cherry blossom festival.

Okazaki CityIyeyasu and Mikawa Bushi Museum

See the samurai at the Iyeyasu and Mikawa Bushi (Warrior) Museum
This fascinating museum on the grounds of Okazaki Castle is dedicated to the brave samurai warriors who served Tokugawa Ieyasu—also written as "Iyeyasu". See samurai armor and weapons, and find out more about these famed warriors.

Iyeyasu and Mikawa Bushi Museum

Kiyosu CityKiyosu Castle

The stunning contrast of pink blossoms and a black tower

Close to the Gojo River, more hugely popular cherry blossom viewing spots are Kiyosu Castle and the adjoining Kiyosu Castle Park. The black tower of Kiyosu Castle and the light pink of the blossoms make for a stunning contrast. The view from atop the castle is of course incredible!

Komaki CityKomakiyama Castle

Cherry blossom viewing at Komakiyama Castle

Built on a hilltop and surrounded by over 1,200 cherry trees, Komaki Castle is one of the better yet little recognized cherry blossom viewing spots. Cherry trees go right to the very top, and the whole mountain becomes ablaze in pink. The base of the mountain is also covered in cherry trees, so there is no need to climb far to enjoy it all. Mt. Komaki’s natural greenery and the pink petals make a wonderful scene.

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