Hakata Hanami: Fukuoka Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots for 2011

Cherry BlossomsAs winter fades away and the sun begins to make daily appearances, the cherry blossom season is almost upon us. The best time for viewing blossoms in Fukuoka in 2011 will be March 30 to April 7 (according to the Japan-guide.com cherry blossom forecast). The following are some of the most popular spots to view blossoms in Fukuoka City.

>> A map of all the locations listed can be viewed here <<

Atago Shrine
A hilltop shrine with a great view of Hakata Bay and the surrounding city.
Location: 15 min. walk from Muromi Station (Kuko Subway Line)
Number of Cherry Trees: ~2,000

Maizuru Park
A large park with lots of space for picnics, with the remains of Fukuoka Castle as a backdrop.
Location: 7-10 min. walk from Ohorikoen Station (Kuko Subway Line)
Number of Cherry Trees: ~1,000

Nishi Park
A hillside park, known as one of the top 100 cherry blossom spots in Japan.
Location: 10-15 min. walk from Ohorikoen Station
Number of Cherry Trees: ~1,300

Uminonakamichi Kaihin Park
Cycling, disc golf, and seaside strolls combine with beautiful cherry blossoms in this massive multipurpose park.
Location: Transfer from the JR Kagoshima Main Line at Kashii Station, and take the JR Uminonakamichi Line to Uminonakamichi Station (park entrance and bicycle rentals just outside the station)
Number of Cherry Trees: ~2,000

Minami Park
Cherry blossoms and greenery tucked away in a quiet corner of town.
Location: 15 min. walk from Sakurazaka Station (Nanakuma Subway Line)
Number of Cherry Trees: ~1,400

Note: “Number of Cherry Trees” statistic taken from http://www.innovade.co.jp/en/seasons/04/hanami/fukuokashinai.html.

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