It is no secret that SweetEscape’s photographers are not only great with cameras, they also have all the best insider tips about their cities! This sakura season, let’s get the best tips from SweetEscape photographers in Japan!
The first question that comes to everyone's mind when it comes to sakura is when is the best time to go see the bloom. Unless you plan to stay in Japan for a very long time, it is always important to time your sakura moment perfectly. In this case, the best period to go see sakura is definitely the last week of March until the first week of April. This is the most common timing for sakura trees to reach full bloom, so you’re guaranteed to witness some of the best ones during this period!
If you want to enjoy the beautiful sakura trees to the fullest, visiting touristy sakura spots might not be the best option, because it would definitely be crowded. Don’t worry! Our photographers have listed down some unique sakura spots as an alternative to you!
Crowd level: High
Approximately 2 kilometers long, this path is always exploding with colors, thanks to the sakura-lined walkway of hundreds of cherry blossom trees. Inspired by one of Japan’s most famous philosophers, this inspiring spot is all about zen and calming tranquility, although it can still get pretty crowded during the peak days of sakura season.
*Crowd level: Medium - High
The vast park is home to about 500 cherry trees and about half of them are planted around the large Inokashira pond. You can rent a boat and paddle along the large pond and get up close to the cherry blossoms which bloom around the perimeter of the pond!
Crowd level: Medium-High
Here’s a park that offers you a unique experience. Nara Park is filled with loveable deers roaming through the park, they bow their heads to visitors as a sign of asking for crackers from Visitors! You can have your moments captured while feeding them, and the scenery is even more beautiful during the Sakura season!
Crowd level: Low-Medium
Located among the three rivers of Kizu, Uji and Katsura, Sewari Tei is a popular cherry blossom spot with over 250 trees in place. This place is magnificent since it’s surrounded by a low wall of grass, giving you a sensation of walking in a cherry tunnel all along the park.
Everyone wants to experience the best sakura moments–and everyone wants to take a lot of pictures, including you! This means it can be hard to find your best moments under the cherry trees if you come during the peak hours. Our photographers recommend getting to the destination early, so fewer people will block the view.
To celebrate sakura in spring, having a picnic is one of the must-do activities! Get your tarp and food ready, along with some favorite drinks such as sake or other beverages, to enjoy the mood all around. Festivals are all the rage too during hanami season, with food stalls, decorations, game activities, and plenty more provided in the area.
Tokyo is definitely not the only region in Japan that boasts excellent sakura. In fact, each region has its own signature view that you don’t want to miss and can’t get enough of! Our photographers also highly recommend Kyoto, Osaka, Furano at Hokkaido, Sapporo, and also Hiroshima at Chugoku!