Embark on a floral journey of discovery in Hokkaido, where the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms transforms the landscape into a pastel paradise. Explore the enchanting allure of springtime in Japan, from idyllic parks to hidden gems showcasing the charm of these flowers.
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Dating to the Meiji era, Otaru Park emerges as a panoramic haven for cherry blossom enthusiasts. With around 900 cherry trees gracing its slopes, this park which is within easy reach of the property of Park Hotel Group transforms into a captivating spectacle from early to mid-May. The Hokkaido cherry tree varieties here set amidst views of the city and harbour, create an idyllic setting for a leisurely stroll.
Located on a mountain, Temiya Park offers more breathtaking panoramas along with spellbinding views of its 700 Ezoyama Sakura and Yoshino Cherry trees in full bloom from mid to late May. Amongst the best things to do in Otaru during Spring is to
enjoy the tranquillity as you wander along rows of cherry blossom trees. While here, you can also visit the Temiyaryokuka Botanical Gardens adding more allure to this scenic site.
A 15-minute stroll from Minami Otaru Station will bring you to Tenjoji Temple, a hidden gem home to around 30 cherry blossom trees. Though fewer in number than other spots, the grandeur of these trees, in full bloom by early May, creates a spectacle of awe. On your exploration, you will also come across statues of Gokoushi and Kanon which lends to the distinctive atmosphere created by the vibrant hues of cherry blossoms.
Embark on an excursion to Hokkaido Shrine within Sapporo’s Maruyama Park. Late April to early May heralds the blooming of over a thousand cherry blossoms around the shrine, casting a spell of enchantment. Amidst this floral symphony, the park also unveils the delicate elegance of white and red plum blossoms, creating a magical setting reminiscent of a springtime fairytale.