My favorite Sakura spot in Japan
Spring in Japan is my best-loved season because of Sakura (cherry blossom)! It is a landmark of the country and an asset for tourism! If you have not, or you are planning to travel there, let me share my experience and tips with you!
I come from Colombia, a South American country full of biodiversity and flowers, but without seasons. As a Japanese-lover for over ten years, I always wanted to see Sakura and spring.
I went my first time to Japan in 2016, but only for a semester, and it was from summer to winter. I wanted to see sakura but, I could not. Sadly, I did not stay until Spring.
Three years later, I got a scholarship that allowed me to enter the country as a student again! This time, a master’s course, for two years! I went to Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, to pursue my degree.
Imagine how excited I was to live in Japan for a long period!
Time passed, and my first spring came. I made some friends during my stay at the University, and we decided to go out and do Hanami (花見) around the city.
If you are not familiar with the term, let me break it down briefly. Hanami means flower watching, and it applies to the activity of enjoying the cherry blossom during the blooming period.
I did not know that Sakura's blooming period was short, less than a month, making it more special! It feels that you must go out and watch them before their beauty goes away.
With my friends, we went to Maruyama Park near the Gion district, Kyoto. The Park had many Sakura trees, and we were not the only visitors. This area also had benches, and you could definitively do a proper hanami. All age guests were around us, and the scenery felt romantic too!
Soon after, we went down to the Keage Incline and its famous train tracks. All the tracks were full of trees, and they bloomed simultaneously! Although this is a walking path, you can still enjoy it at your pace!
Our visit was by the end of March, following the calendar of Sakura from that year!
I recommend all of you to look it up on Google. As the view of the trees is a remarkable event in the country, it is common for different agencies to publish a forecast!
Please, use this link as a reference. Usually, it starts early in the south of the country (middle of March) and the latest in the north (end of April).
I enjoyed my visit a lot! However, some days after, many trees around my house started to bloom too! That was unexpected, as I thought that trees were only in designated locations. But even my university and a nearby road had them!
My first Sakura experience in Kyoto was amazing!
The following year, I went with my Japanese boyfriend (current husband) to Tokyo due to some errands on April. It happened to be during the same season of the sakura, and we found many trees around the main parks of the city!
Similarly, that month, we went to Hyogo prefecture and found many sakura around the port. In that visit, we had more time and walked all the paths. For me, it was a new experience to discover white-color sakura!
Where is my best Sakura spot and what tips do I have for you?
Check the forecast for the year, it tends to be published by the start of February! Also, all the country, even the smallest tree will give you joy! Take your time, and experience the beauty by yourself.
こんにちは！Hello Everyone! 🌼🌼 I am Carolina, a Japanese culture lover and digital content creator! I am happy to share with you my memories of living in Japan and studying there!!! Also, I am married to a Japanese now 💕 You can check my posts and my YouTube channel: misakissme ☺️
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