I put together this guide for those planning to view the sakura (cherry blossom) in Fukushima Prefecture in 2018 to give visitors an idea of the best times to go do some hanami (flower-viewing)!
This guide should also serve as a useful guide for those planning a visit in the future to get better acquainted with the amazing sakura spots in Fukushima Prefecture, and the order that the sakura blooms across the prefecture.
Fukushima Prefecture’s Climate
Fukushima is huge. It’s the 3rd biggest prefecture in Japan (it’s bigger than Jamaica or Lebanon!)
The prefecture is made up of three different areas – Aizu, Nakadori and Hamadori. Aizu is mountainous & colder throughout the year, Nakadori also has many mountains, but is pretty temperate, & Hamadori enjoys warmer temperatures throughout the year.
The areas that make up this huge prefecture have varying climates and so – when it comes to seasonal flowers – the peak blossoming times can vary quite dramatically across the prefecture!
Cherry blossoms bloom earliest in the southeast of the prefecture in Hamadori, and latest in the southwest in Aizu. If you recorded the blooming order on a map, it would look something like the map below.
The best days for viewing the top cherry blossom sites in full bloom are being announced every day, and I will be updating this page as frequently as possible to include up-to-date information for this hanami season!
Cherry Blossom Viewing in 2018
This year’s cherry blossom are expected to bloom earlier than normal.
I’ve tried to sort the spots below in order of early blooming to late blooming. I’ve also listed the transportation necessary for reaching the spots.
For up-to-date information on how the sakura at each of the areas below are doing, please look at this webpage.
This webpage is in Japanese, but even so it is easy to check how much the blossom is blooming. Each cherry blossom’s current blossoming state is denoted in the column called “満開状況 (Cherry Blossom Blooming Status)”. Please use the table below to cross-reference the information on the website.
Early to Mid April
1. Hanamiyama Park, Fukushima City
Suggested Visit Dates: Mid-March to Early-May
Full Bloom*: April 5~8
2. Kasumiga-jo Castle Park, Nihonmatsu City
Full Bloom*: April 11
3. Kassenba Weeping Cherry Blossom, Nihonmatsu City
4. Ogawa Suwa Shrine, Iwaki City
5. Yonomori Park Sakura Tunnel, Tomioka Town
Evening light-ups between April 6 – 16
1. Kaiseizan Park, Koriyama City
Suggested Visit Dates: Mid-April
Full Bloom*: April 6 ~ April 11
2. Miharu Takizakura, Miharu Town
Check out a live-camera view of Miharu Takizakura on Miharu Town’s website here!
Mid-April to Late April
1. Tsuruga-jo Castle
Full Bloom*: Around April 16
2. Nicchu Line Weeping Cherry Blossom, Kitakata City
3. Ishibe Sakura, Aizu Wakamatsu City
4. Natsui Senbon Zakura, Tamura City
5. Ozawa Sakura, Tamura City
6. Yunokami Station Sakura, Yunokami Onsen Town
7. Kagami Sakura, Kitakata City
Late April to Early May
1. Koshidai no Sakura, Furodono Town
2. Kannon-ji River, Kitakata City
1. Nansenji no Roumon, Minamiaizu Town
*Please note that the Full Bloom dates listed below are approximations from a couple of different sources!
Want even more ideas for your spring visit to Fukushima? Check out the sakura map below. The colour of the sakura indicates how early it should blossom. Click each spot for estimates for best times to visit, photos and more. (I’m updating this as much as possible!)
I really hope you feel inspired to visit the cherry blossom spots in Fukushima this year 🙂
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