Best Places for Cherry Blossom Night Viewing in Japan

Enjoy YOZAKURA, light-up cherry blossoms at night!

Cherry blossoms at night is called “Yozakura (夜桜)” in Japanese. People enjoy viewing cherry blossoms not only during day but Yozakura viewing is also a very popular activity during the season. Many of famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan hold a light-up event after sunset, offering another beautiful scenery of illuminated cherry blossoms.

Here are 5 most recommended night viewing spots in Japan you shouldn’t miss this spring!

1. Hirosaki Park

Counted as one of the best night viewing spots of cherry blossoms in Japan. When it comes to cherry blossoms, Hirosaki Park in Aomori prefecture can not get any better. Visitors can enjoy the large numbers of cherry trees, the view with castle, amazing light-up by night and pink petals after falling.

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2. Takada Castle

Another one of Japan’s three best night viewing spot, Takada Castle is located in Niigata prefecture. Holding traditional Night Sakura Viewing festival with over 4,000 cherry trees and 3,000 lanterns. As well as the magnificent view with the castle, visitors enjoy the 300m Sakura tunnel.

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3. Ueno Park

Ueno Park is the most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo and the last one of the three best night viewing spots in Japan. Visitors enjoy having picnic under the trees all day long and there are other attractions in the park such as zoo, museums and shrines.

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4. Sagami Lake


Sagami Lake holds the biggest winter illumination festival in Kanto area during winter and it prolongs till cherry blossom season. Enjoy the collaboration of over 2,000 cherry trees with 5 million LED lights by night!

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5. Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park is considered as the best night viewing spot in Kyoto area. The 86,000 m2 park holds various kinds of cherry trees including 12m high weeping tree. During the season, there are numbers of food stalls and seats for visitors and night light-up until 1 am.

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