Japan is famous for its cherry blossom trees, but they have become such a tourist attraction it’s hard to take them in without getting stuck in a crowd. How are you going to capture that picture-perfect moment when you’ve got about 100 people in your shot? Check out these places, and you can enjoy these Japanese cherry blossom without masses of people getting in the way.
Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu
Ritsurin Garden is a great place to go to take in the cherry blossoms at your leisure. Every year the garden holds a ‘Spring Illumination’ festival from the end of March to the beginning of April. They celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossom season and guests to the garden can stroll around the grounds at their own pace, taking in the wonderful sights. You can even enjoy the changing of the season from a boat on the lake, making sure you don’t get stuck in a crowd.
Fukuyama Castle, Hiroshima
Why not add an extra element to your cherry blossom pictures and visit Fukuyama Castle, in Hiroshima? There are rows and rows of tall cherry blossom trees that all come with the amazing backdrop of the ancient Fukuyama Castle. If you want to experience other aspects of Japanese culture while checking out the famous tree, then this place is your best bet to keep the crowds to a minimum.
Himeji Castle, Hyōgo
Another Japanese castle that provides amazing views of the cherry blossoms is Himeji Castle in Hyōgo. Just like Fukuyama, you can take in the picturesque pink trees with an amazing backdrop but with one added bonus. At Himeji Castle, you can approach from the water as the castle overlooks from a hilltop. The castle itself provides visitors with stunning views of both Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the best way to take it all in is by boat on the canal.
We all want to see the best things the world has to offer, but unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones. That often means we have to battle it out with other people to get the best pictures or to simply enjoy the views in peace. These locations are ideal for taking in Japan’s cherry blossoms while avoiding the majority of the crowds who ruin the experience for most.