Special Features Special report on enjoying springtime in Japan while getting in touch with nature and culture  Every year when spring arrives, Japan is abuzz with talk of the blooming of cherry blossoms.The blossoms of cherry trees are a soft pink color that puts a sense of springtime into people’s hearts, producing a dazzling spectacle together with the spring sunshine.Visit Japan during this season and experience the cherry trees in springtime.

The custom of “flower viewing” has been a part of Japanese culture since time immemorial. People used to engage in cultural activities such as composing “waka” poems and painting while viewing the cherry blossoms, and even now festivals are held around Japan to mark the blooming of the cherry trees. The cherry trees stand with their branches bare during wintertime, but then from the end of March through to April they all at once come alive with pink flowers, producing elegant quintessentially Japanese scenery that is tied in with the notion of “wa” (harmony). The cherry blossoms fall around two weeks after they have bloomed, and people are attracted by this transience, which is another of the charms of the cherry blossom.
Why not visit Japan during this season and head to some beautiful cherry tree sites?

Key is to choose flower viewing areas 
in time with cherry blossom blooming period

Cherry blossoms bloom at different times depending on the region, location and type of cherry tree.
There are various cherry tree sites along the Odakyu Line, including cherry trees in the rich natural environment of the Hakone area, against the backdrop of skyscrapers in the heart of the Shinjuku area, and in the Enoshima/Kamakura area where the air of ancient cities can still be felt. Planning your travel plan around viewing the cherry blossoms in bloom is a great way to enjoy sightseeing in Japan.
*Much of the blooming information provided is based on the blooming period of the someiyoshino cherry trees.

Best times to visit the recommended sites

Estimated cherry blossom blooming dates
Odakyu Line Route Map
*Source: Japan Weather Association *Blooming date estimations are subject to change due to climate conditions. Please confirm before visiting.
  • SPOT1 Hakone
  • SPOT2 Enoshima-Kamakura
  • SPOT3 Ito
  • SPOT4 Shinjuku

SPOT1 Hakone a place where you can enjoy cherry blossom 
trees at the same time as local nature and hot springs

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Odakyu Line Route Map

Close to the center of Tokyo is the Hakone area, where you can have your fill of hot springs and the great outdoors, and this area also has many famous cherry tree sites. The cherry trees in the mountainous region of Hakone are remarkably beautiful as they harmonize perfectly with the surrounding scenery.
There are also many hot spring areas in Hakone, making it the ideal area to enjoy both cherry blossom viewing and hot springs.

How to get to Hakone

The Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” from Shinjuku, Tokyo is very convenient.
Also check out the economical Hakone Freepass

Details

Hakone’s leading cherry tree site, with 150 cherry trees lined up along the riverside Miyagino

Best time to see:Beginning of April to mid-April

Types of cherry tree:Someiyoshino, weeping cherry

Miyagino is located in the mountains of Hakone. Lines of cherry trees extend for around 600m along the banks of Hayakawa River, which flows through this region. Flower viewing is exceptional during the cherry blossom blooming season, as the surrounding nature and river sounds envelop visitors’ senses.
You can fully enjoy the wonders of springtime at this popular Hakone cherry tree site, taking in the cherry blossoms in full bloom a short distance away from the riverbank and walking through tunnels formed by the cherry trees at the top of the bank.
Close to the “Miyagino” bus stop a short distance from the banks of Hayakawa River, you will also find a little-known gem of a spot with rows of weeping cherry trees. It is a good idea to stop by here while you are in the area.

At the peak of the blooming period there are illuminations for a limited time only, providing a unique nighttime cherry blossom viewing experience that is different to daytime viewing.

Access

85 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” → Approximately 17 mins. from Hakone-Yumoto Station by Hakone-Tozan Bus (T route), getting off at “Miyagino” bus stop and walking for 5 mins., or take the Hakone Tozan Train from Hakone-Yumoto Station to “Gora Station” and walk for 15 mins.

Leisurely flower viewing in a park stretching across a ravine Hakone Gora Park

Best time to see:
Beginning of April to mid-April
Types of cherry tree:
Someiyoshino, Jugatsu,weeping cherry, Fuji, wild cherry

“Hakone Gora Park” is a French-style garden located on Mount Sounzan, which can be reached by taking the Hakone Tozan Cable Car. Here you can enjoy various seasonal flowers, as well as cafes, shops and Japanese tearooms, and encounter Hakone’s natural environment together with Japanese culture.
The garden has several types of cherry tree to enjoy, including the Someiyoshino variety, the Fuji cherry with its cute small flowers, and the wild cherry unique to mountainous regions.
Come to Hakone Gora Park and view the cherry blossoms while relaxing and gently strolling around the spacious grounds.

Admission costs 550 yen but is free of charge if you have a Hakone Freepass.

Access

85 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station by Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar" → Take the Hakone Tozan Train from Hakone-Yumoto Station to Gora Station, then transfer to the Hakone Tozan Cable Car and get off at either Koen-Shimo Station or Koen-Kami Station, then walk for approximately 1 min.

Emotive cherry blossoms harmonize with garden trees in this magnificent park Houraien Park

Best time to see:Beginning of April to mid-April

Types of cherry tree:Someiyoshino, weeping cherry,etc.

This grand garden features the “Mikawaya Ryokan” Hakone Kowakidani Spa Japanese Style Hotel. “Houraien” is a Japanese-style garden with beautifully maintained trees on a vast site of 66,000 square meters. During the cherry blossom season, springtime is vividly painted with Someiyoshino and weeping cherry trees in full bloom inside the park.
There is also a plaza inside the park, so you can spread a sheet to sit down and relax as you view the scenery.
Why not also visit the nearby “Hakone Kowakien Yunessun” hot springs amusement park and spa resort?
Aside from its cherry blossom, this site is also famous for the appearance of 30,000 azaleas in May and gorgeous autumn colors.

Access

85 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” → Approximately 19 mins. from Hakone-Yumoto Station by Hakone-Tozan Bus on the Hakone-machi Line (H route), getting off at “Houraien” bus stop (the Garden is immediately adjacent to the bus stop)

Other famous cherry tree sites

Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park

Best time to see :
Beginning of April to mid-April

Types of cherry tree :
Oshima, Fuji, wild cherry, etc.

Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park looks over Lake Ashi, and on a clear Mount Fuji is even visible in the distance. Fuij and Oshima cherry blossom varieties can be enjoyed in season, and if you are lucky you will be able to encounter the cherry blossoms set against the backdrop of Mount Fuji.

Access

Approximately 40 mins. from Hakone-Yumoto Station by Hakone-Tozan Bus (H route), getting off at “Onshi-Koen-mae” bus stop (the Park is immediately adjacent to the bus stop)

Hatajuku Pair of Cherry Trees

Best time to see :
End of April

Types of cherry tree :
Wild cherry

Close to “Hatajuku”, one of Hakone’s former inn towns on the Old Tokaido road, beautiful scenery can be viewed as the mountain sides are practically dyed pink with cherry blossoms. The carefully conserved “Pair of Cherry Trees”, which stand close to each other and are at least 100 years old, are said to be good omens and are very popular with the local people.

Access

Approximately 15 mins. from Hakone-Yumoto Station by Hakone-Tozan Bus (K route), getting off at “Hatajuku” bus stop and walking for approximately 5 mins.

Oshima Cherry of Hakone-en

Best time to see :
Middle of April to end of April

Types of cherry tree :
Oshima, Fuji, wild cherry, etc.

The Oshima cherry trees standing on the plaza next to the short of Lake Ashi in the “Hakone-en” leisure facility include large trees that are said to be at least 80 years old. In the blooming season their branches are full of flowers, setting them apart from their surroundings.

Access

Approximately 35 mins. from Hakone-Yumoto Station by Hakone-Tozan Bus (T route), transferring at “Togendai” bus stop, then approximately 16 mins. by Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus getting off at “Hakone-en” bus stop (the site is immediately adjacent to the bus stop)

Close to Ohiradai Station on the Hakone Tozan Train

Close to Ohiradai Station on the Hakone Tozan Train

Best time to see :
End of April

Types of cherry tree :
weeping cherry

Ohiradai Station is approximately 15 minutes away after departing from Hakone-Yumoto Station on the Hakone Tozan Train. Weeping cherry trees can be seen on both sides of the line in this area, so you can enjoy viewing blossoms in full bloom from the train windows. If you get off on route, you can even take a leisurely train journey running through the cherry trees.

Access

Take the Hakone Tozan Train from Hakone-Yumoto Station, getting off at Ohiradai Station and walking for approximately 5 mins.

SPOT2 Enoshima-Kamakura area where you can enjoy cherry trees in harmony with ancient shrines, temples and streets

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Odakyu Line Route Map

The former capital of Kamakura is unique in that you can enjoy an old-fashioned townscape as well as cherry blossoms in the grounds of Kamakura’s many shrines and temples.
When viewing the cherry blossoms in Kamakura, you can also look forward to visiting nearby sightseeing spots such as the Shonan Beach resort and Enoshima.

How to get to Kamakura

From Shinjuku Station, take the Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” to Fujisawa Station. Transfer to the Enoshima Electric Railway at Fujisawa Station.
The Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass is a convenient and economical way of riding the Enoshima Electric Railway as much as you like.

Details

Tunnel of cherry trees - The road leading to a famous shrine in Kamakura Dankazura, Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine

Best time to see:End of March to beginning of April

Types of cherry tree:Someiyoshino, etc.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine is an historical shrine in Kamakura. An old road approximately 500m long (the "Dankazura") leads to the shrine, and there are some 300 cherry trees along the sides of the road. When the cherry blossom season arrives this forms a pink tunnel, dazzling visitors to the shrine.
Cherry trees bloom within the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine at the end of the road, where you can also enjoy viewing the spectacle of cherry blossoms reflected on the surface of the Genji Pond.
There are restaurants and shops to visit on the nearby Komachi-dori Street, so why not stop by when you are visiting the area?

Access

Approximately 60 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Fujisawa Station by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” → Approximately 34 mins. from Fujisawa Station to the Kamakura Station terminus on the Enoshima Electric Railway, and then a walk of approximately 5 mins.

Rows of cherry trees on a small hill in a quiet location away from the city Rows of cherry trees in Kamakurayama

Best time to see:End of March to beginning of April

Types of cherry tree:Someiyoshino

In the “Kamakurayama” region, which is located on a small hill a short distance away from the center of Kamakura, there is a road around 3km long lined with rows of cherry trees, and many people gather here as the blossoms start to bloom.
Immerse your senses in the Japanese springtime by taking a walk through the cherry blossom tunnel formed by lines of cherry trees on either side of the road.
There are stylish cafes and restaurants in the area, so why not drop by when you visit to view the cherry blossoms?

Access

Approximately 68 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Odawara Station by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” → Approximately 60 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Fujisawa Station by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” → Approximately 34 mins. from Fujisawa Station to the Kamakura Station terminus on the Enoshima Electric Railway → 12 mins. from Kamakura Station by Keihin Kyuko Bus bound for Kamakurayama/Enoshima via Kamakurayama, getting off at “Tokiwaguchi” bus stop

Other famous cherry tree sites

Hase-dera temple

Best time to see :
End of March to beginning of April

Types of cherry tree :
Someiyoshino, weeping cherry

Inside the grounds of the historical “Hase-dera” temple, there is a garden with a walking course along which you can enjoy viewing various flowers in each season. In the cherry blossom blooming season, the ancient Japanese tradition of flower viewing is brought home when you see the cherry blossoms against this backdrop of old buildings within the temple grounds.

Access

60 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Fujisawa Station by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” → 29 mins. from Fujisawa Station on the Enoshima Electric Railway, getting off at Hase Station and walking for 5 mins.

Kamakura Great Buddha - Kotoku-in temple

Best time to see :
End of March to beginning of April

Types of cherry tree :
Someiyoshino

The Kotoku-in temple with the Kamakura Great Buddha is a popular sightseeing spot. The pink flowers of blooming cherry trees within the temple grounds produce an exquisite contrast of colors when set against the blue-tinged Great Buddha statue, forming scenery that can only be enjoyed during the cherry blossom season.

Access

60 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Fujisawa Station by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” → 29 mins. from Fujisawa Station on the Enoshima Electric Railway, getting off at Hase Station and walking for 10 mins.

SPOT3 Ito area where you can enjoy cherry trees swaying in the springtime sea breeze Ito area

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Odakyu Line Route Map

Ito, which protrudes into the sea from the Izu Peninsula, has a warm climate and is popular with Japanese holidaymakers. Ito also has hot springs rich with spring water and is bustling with visitors throughout the year, regardless of season.
This area is also unique thanks to its many famous cherry tree sites where you can enjoy flower viewing while feeling a pleasant springtime sea breeze.

How to get to Ito

From Shinjuku Station, take the Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” to Odawara. Transfer to the JR Ito Line at Odawara.
The Ito Sightseeing Freepass is a convenient and economical way to travel, as it includes a return ticket.

Details

Famous places where you can view cherry blossoms with the beautiful cone-shaped Mount Omuro in the background Mount Omuro - Town of Cherry Trees

Best time to see:
End of February to end of April
(varies depending on type)
Types of cherry tree:
Approximately 40 types including Kawazu, Ito, Someiyoshino, Oshima, weeping cherry and wild cherry

The “Town of Cherry Trees” is located at the foot of Mount Omuro, which is the symbol of Ito. There are some 3,000 cherry trees planted on this vast site of around 40,000 square meters. The park is home to around 40 varieties of cherry tree and these can be enjoyed over a long period, with Kawazu cherry trees starting to bloom in the middle of February, the Ito variety blooming from mid-March and the Someiyoshino cherry trees blooming at the beginning of April.
One of the highlights of this site is being able to admire a wide range of cherry trees while strolling through the park in the mood for a picnic.

The annual “Town of Cherry Trees Festival” is held at the beginning of April, so why not time your visit to coincide with this event?

Access

68 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Odawara Station by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” → Take JR Ito Line from Odawara Station to Ito Station → From Ito Station take the Tokai Bus bound for Izu Cactus Garden, getting off at the “Izu Cactus Garden” bus stop terminus and walking for 3 mins.

The lines of cherry trees covering the road make for a truly magnificent sight Lines of cherry trees on the Izu-kogen Plateau

Best time to see:End of March to beginning of April

Types of cherry tree:Someiyoshino

The Izu-kogen Plateau is around 15km south of the hot spring town of Ito. This place is famous for its cherry blossoms, with some 3,000 cherry trees lining the road that stretches around 3km from Izu-kogen Station.
This area is famous for the cherry blossom tunnel that is formed over the road during the blooming season.
Cherry blossom illuminations and events such as concerts are held to coincide with the blooming of the cherry trees, so it is a good idea to check the latest information before you visit.

Why not enjoy the Izu-kogen Plateau by making travel plans that include local art galleries or leisure facilities?

Access

68 mins. from Shinjuku Station to Odawara Station by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” → Take JR Ito Line from Odawara Station to Ito Station → Approximately 45 mins. from Ito Station by Tokai Bus bound for Izu-kogen, getting off at the “Izu-kogen Station” bus stop terminus (the site is immediately adjacent to the bus stop)

SPOT4 Shinjuku area where you can enjoy the brilliant colors of cherry blossoms in full bloom between the city’s skyscrapers

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Odakyu Line Route Map

Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most bustling business and office districts. Yet in among the skyscrapers is a vast park where people can enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms in season.
This spot is recommended for those who would like to go shopping at the same time as cherry blossom viewing.

Cherry trees blooming in a magnificent site against a backdrop of tall buildings Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Best time to see:
End of February to end of April
(varies depending on type)
Types of cherry tree:
Approximately 65 types including Oshima, Someiyoshino, Ichiyo, Kanzan and Fugenzo

Shinjuku Gyoen is an oasis in the middle of the city. Its vast grounds of 583,000 square meters are characterized by English Landscape, French Formal and Japanese Gardens, and seasonal plants and scenery can be enjoyed in each of these gardens.
Some 1,300 cherry trees of around 65 different varieties are planted in these gardens, and their blossoms can be enjoyed in turn from February through to the end of April. The especially popular Someiyoshino cherry trees are best seen from the end of March to the beginning of April. In addition, various types of Yaezakura such as Ichiyo, Kanzan and Fugenzo are particulary worth seeing.
Cherry blossoms against a backdrop of city buildings makes for a distinctly Tokyo-style sightseeing experience.
Please do not play sports or musical instruments. Please do not consume any alcohol brought from outside.

Access

10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station South Entrance

One of Shinjuku’s largest parks situated directly beneath the Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings Shinjuku Central Park

Best time to see:End of March to beginning of April

Types of cherry tree:Higan, Someiyoshino, etc.

Shinjuku Central Park is located next to the skyscraper district of Nishi-Shinjuku. While relaxing in the lush green environment of the park, you can look up at large buildings such as those of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
In the blooming season you can enjoy viewing the flowers of cherry trees such as the Someiyoshino variety, including the “Takato Kohigan cherry” variety with its characteristic deep pink-colored blossoms.
Cherry blossoms cutely blooming between tall buildings show the unity between city and nature.

Access

10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station West Entrance