10 Photos That Prove
How Beautiful Cherry
Blossoms In Japan Are

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What a strange thing! To be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” – Kobayashi Issa.

These words do not have full meaning until you have truly experienced the Japanese art of Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) for yourself. For centuries Japanese poets have been captivated by these blooms and made attempts to capture their feelings for them in words. But experiencing and seeing the cherry blossoms in Japan as the golden sunlight beams through the pink and white petals is not a feeling that can be described in words.

The art of hanami goes back thousands of years and is a valued tradition for the Japanese. Each year these trees tend to be in full bloom no longer than 14 days (warm weather may help the blooms last longer), and when they bloom they do so in full brilliance.

For the Japanese, these short-lived days serve as a reminder of how tragically short life can be but yet how overwhelmingly beautiful it is.

When the Japanese come together to celebrate the Sakura Festival they aren’t just celebrating the flowers themselves, they’re celebrating something much deeper and more meaningful. The celebrations for the Sakura trees goes beyond just viewing and extends throughout the entire country, making it even more worth your while to visit during this illustrious time.

I had always wanted to see cherry blossoms in Japan, so I knew when the moment arose to travel to Japan with Contiki, I had to take it and completely embrace it. At first, I was terrified to be leaving Canada off to this completely foreign country. But the thought of seeing the near perfect pink and white petals was more than enough to convince me to hop on that plane.

I’m used to small towns like Banff with smaller crowds and spending time in the mountains with pristine lakes, not partaking in time honoured traditions during one of the busiest times of the year for Japan.

But nothing could stop me from taking in the beauty that is cherry blossoms in Japan.

Tokyo

Shibuya Crossing

When I think of cherry blossoms in Japan, the last place I think of is the busiest crosswalk in THE WORLD. I don’t know about you, but for me, there is not usually a direct relation between cities and nature (unless it’s New Zealand where they love the outdoors). Mostly they are kept separate from each other, but not in Japan.

The Japanese do an insanely good job at merging together their beautiful flora with their towering skyscrapers and busy streets, much like in Shibuya. Shibuya is known as the world’s busiest crosswalk and it was also the first cherry blossom in Japan that I had the pleasure of seeing. Moral of the story, don’t underestimate the Japanese and their ability to create and ensure beauty is ever-present throughout their entire country.

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple is also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple and is located in Tokyo’s’ Asakusa district. Sensoji Temple is a small haven in the middle of the city where the cherry blossoms combine with epic temples for a view and experience that can only be had in Japan. Cherry blossoms in Japan are very sacred and special, but so are their temples (and there are plenty of temples and cherry blossom trees to see).

When you bring together the beauty of the temples with the blossoming trees you witness something that only Japan can offer. Sensoji Temple is especially important to Tokyo because it is the oldest temple in the city, it is also one of the most famous and most photographed. Thousands of tourists and locals flock to the site every year, especially in cherry blossom season.

Sensoji Temple Pagoda

The Sensoji Temple Pagoda is located near the temples itself and is one of the most famous Pagodas in all of Japan. It reaches a height of roughly 53 meters (nearly as tall as an 18-story building) and is said to have originally been built in 924 A.D. However, the Pagoda was destroyed in WWII during an air raid and was later rebuilt.

Unfortunately, the inside of this famous landmark is off-limits to most people, but it makes one of the most perfect backdrops for the showcasing the beauty of the cherry blossoms in Japan.

Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima was by far one of the most fairy-tale like places to witness cherry blossoms in Japan blooming. Perhaps it was the way they lined the riverside, or perhaps it was the joy of partaking in the age-old tradition of Hanami (cherry blossom viewing), but Hiroshima seemed to almost ‘take the cake.’ Just outside of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is the Peace Memorial Park.

The park is filled with cherry blossom trees that cover the pathways and enchant visitors. We highly recommend bringing a blanket and setting up a picnic beneath the blossoming trees to soak it all in.

hiroshima walking tour - cherry blossoms in japan

Motoyasu River

Cherry Blossoms In Japan

Motoyasu River runs past the A-Bomb Memorial Dome which is the only surviving building of the nuclear bomb that was dropped on the city. The river also continues past the Memorial Museum and alongside the flowing waters is a beautiful pathway with cherry blossom trees that branch across and reach into the sky. The pathway walks directly through the Memorial Park and offers a peaceful walk that is full of serenity but also offer visitors a solemn reminder of the tragic past of Hiroshima.

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle is one of Japans premier historic castles and is one of the most complete of all the original castles in Japan. It is well known for its black walls which have earned it the nickname of ‘Crow Castle.’ The cherry blossoms just outside of Matsumoto Castle were just starting to bloom, but that did not take away from just how beautiful these small flowers are.

The castle is a very popular cherry blossom spot in Japan as droves of visitors stroll around the castle grounds and parks. The trees blossom around mid-April each year (depending on weather) and line the moat of the Castle.

nagano walking tour - cherry blossoms in japan

Miyajima Island

Gojunoto Pagoda

Pagodas and cherry blossoms in Japan go hand in hand and have become an extremely iconic sight that is sought after by hundreds of thousands of visitors and locals alike. If you’re hoping to find that iconic photo or iconic view, look no further that Gojunoto Pagoda on Miyajima Island. The island itself is like a hot spot for cherry blossoms but adding in those iconic red buildings only enhances their beauty.

The five-storied Pagoda was built in 1407 and restored in 1533 and is surrounded by blossoms making for an incredibly rewarding view.

Deer Pathway

After a lot of research, there was no name for this specific pathway or small creek. But, it’s hard not to miss and is located on the opposite side of the Sorihasi bridge and numerous Shinto Shrines. Miyajima Island is well known for it’s very friendly and tame deer, along this pathway you will find a plethora of deer meandering along the small creek allowing visitors to pet them.

Above the flowing water are blossoming trees that turn the island from ordinary to extraordinary. While cherry blossoms in Japan do have a tendency to be located along the water’s edge Miyajima offers a unique experience by combining that will friendly wildlife. Feel free to channel your inner Sleeping Beauty and become friends with the animals around you.

Kyoto

Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzen-ji Temple is one of Japan’s most important Zen temples and is the head temples of one of the schools within the Rinzai sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Inside the temple is a beautiful dry landscape garden (you may know it as a rock garden) that is located just outside of the head priest’s quarters also known as Hōjō. On the outside of this beautiful building, cherry blossoms stretch above the roof as their blooms dangle offering a perfect contrast between Japanese architecture and mother natures.

cherry blossoms in japan - kyoto walking tour

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari-taisha is famous for its 1000 tori gates that are a vibrant orange and line the stone path up to the summit of the mountain. Halfway to the top, there is a break in the streams of orange gates and an epic view of Kyoto can be seen as the cherry blossom trees bloom and stretch along the skyline. Not only are you visiting one of the most iconic and Instagram worthy places in Japan, but you get the pleasure of taking in the unique beauty that is cherry blossoms in Japan.

Cherry blossoms in Japan are not just incredibly beautiful flowers, they are a visual embodiment of Japanese cultural and philosophical beliefs. They take the time to celebrate these embodiments every year without fail and allow hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to take part in this unaltered, time-honoured tradition. These illustrious blooms infect people with happiness, love, and a sense of magic.

Whether you are in a large crowd of strangers or a small group friends, you are all there to just admire and appreciate something that is uniquely beautiful. If these photos of cherry blossoms in Japan don’t convince you of how beautiful the country actually is during blossom season, you’ll just need to go there yourself!

I had the pleasure of experiencing Japan thanks to a trip with Contiki on their Japan Unrivalled tour (which you can check out here). This post is not sponsored by them in any way, I just thoroughly enjoyed my time and recommend the tour!

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Seeing cherry blossoms in Japan is truly a spectacular and these 10 photos of cherry blossoms in Japan prove just how beautiful the country becomes.
Seeing cherry blossoms in Japan is truly a spectacular and these 10 photos of cherry blossoms in Japan prove just how beautiful the country becomes.
Seeing cherry blossoms in Japan is truly a spectacular and these 10 photos of cherry blossoms in Japan prove just how beautiful the country becomes.
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23 Comments

  1. Katie May 26, 2018 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Wow some stunning photos! we visited Japan in April a years ago but it rained the whole time! heading back next year in February so won’t be able to get some amazing shots of the blossom but should still be fun!

    • Andrew & Venessa May 26, 2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      If you are further south you might find some cherry blossoms! I sure hope you do they’re amazing. Japan, in general, is beautiful so your lucky either way.

  2. Josy A May 26, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    This makes me miss Japan sooooo much!

    During sakura season, I would spend hooours cycling around taking flower photos. I’ve been doing the same here in Vancouver, but it isn’t quite as epic as Nara!

    Anyway, beautiful post that made me homesick for my second hometown.

    • Andrew & Venessa May 26, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      I already miss Japan and it’s only been a few months. Vancouver is absolutely amazing!! We didn’t manage to make it to Nara so it is definitely still on my list!

  3. Sandy Noto May 26, 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Yes! I was just in Japan for cherry blossom season and it was incredible!

  4. Mohana Das May 26, 2018 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Wow! Cherry blossoms are so magical, aren’t they? I haven’t been to Japan but we see a lot of them in Oregon. When they start blooming, everything is awash in pink.

    • Andrew & Venessa May 26, 2018 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Cherry Blossoms are absolutely amazing! They’re breathtaking anywhere there’s no doubt about that.

  5. Kristine May 27, 2018 at 7:02 am - Reply

    You went so many places for cherry blossoms? WOW! It must have been such a memorable trip! I’ve only stuck to one place (Tokyo) for cherry blossoms so far, would love to see them at other prefectures too!

    • Venessa Hryhoriw May 28, 2018 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Honestly during the season almost anywhere you go you’ll find blossoms! But it was amazing to have them blooming everywhere we went. They never get less amazing though!

  6. Mickeeley June 1, 2018 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to Japan for its history, but now I will definitely be adding all of these places to my list! So beautiful! I felt relaxed just looking at your pictures.

  7. Katie June 1, 2018 at 10:32 am - Reply

    So beautiful! I would go there just for the trees!!

  8. [email protected] July 3, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I definitely need to schedule a return trip to Japan. Last time I was there, I landed the day of the Tsunami and I was shocked at how much the country functioned. Japan is truly a special place and I must see the cherry blossoms.

    • Venessa July 4, 2018 at 9:12 am - Reply

      That’s a pretty cool experience (albeit a scary one). The Japanese are so resourceful and really just get stuff done when they need to without hesitation. It really is a special place and those cherry blossoms just enhance it!

  9. kirsty-rose July 3, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I have never wanted to go to Japan but whenever I see pictures of Cherry Blossoms it makes me want to get on a plane. They always look so beautiful x

    • Venessa July 4, 2018 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Honestly it’s so worth it! The entire country is absolutely incredible.

  10. Monica July 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Ah, cherry blossoms are definitely my favorite! They are incredibly beautiful! Your captures are breathtaking, you gave me such a huge travel inspiration! I want to go and see all these magical places! Thank you for sharing this! 💗

    • Venessa July 4, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Thank you! cherry blossoms are my favourite too so I couldn’t pass up the chance.

  11. Mayochup July 4, 2018 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Great photos! I’d love to go to Japan one day

  12. Andrea July 13, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Cherry blossoms are Beautiful. I wish we had more of them in California

    • Venessa July 16, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

      I wish we had more of them here at home in Canada too!

  13. With love from p July 14, 2018 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Just WOW. How truly beautiful 😍

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