Yokohama is the second largest city in the country of Japan and home to over 3.7 million people. A city filled with fun and excitement for the tourists and locals alike. But what makes Yokohama dazzle the most is during the hanami season. Popular attractions become more crowded than the usual when sakura trees bloom.
At night, the city become more dazzling as the light illuminations highlight the cherry blossoms in their splendor. A weekend of parties and laughter under the cherry blossoms is an old tradition in Japan. So make sure to reserve a spot for your family and friends. Go ahead and visit the 10 best places to see the cherry blossoms in Yokohama.
1. Yamashita Park
Yamashita Park is one of the best places to stroll around in Yokohama that has a great view of the harbor. The park was constructed after the Great Kanto Earthquake that happened in 1923 and has become one of the landmarks of the city. It has a beautiful landscape surrounded by colorful flowers which helps you to relax and unwind. If you ever feel like it, feel free to hop on the ferry and enjoy a relaxing cruise or take your dog out for a walk while enjoying the scenery.
Address: 279 Yamashitacho, Naka ward, Yokohama 231-0023, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website: http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kankyo/park/yokohama/kouen008.html (Japanese Only)
2. Minato Mirai Sakura Dori Street
The Sakura Dori Street is without a doubt one of the best places in Yokohama to look at the sakura trees in full bloom. As the name implies, the street is lined up with sakura trees that are a marvel to behold during the hanami season. At night, the trees are illuminated, which gives a radiant display of beauty that is anticipated every year when the sakura blooms.
Address: Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
3. Ookagawa River
Ookagawa River is a great place to take a walk because there are many local shops, cafes and restaurants that will make your visit worth your while. However, this particular river is more popular during spring, when the sakura flowers decorate the riverside with their pink flowers. If you don’t like to walk, you can take the “ohanami cruise” which travel along the riverside and take pictures along the way.
Address: Ookagawa, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Website: http://river-sakura.com (Japanese Only)
4. Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park is one of the historic sites that you can visit in Yokohama. The two places that you might want to check are the Hakodate Public Hall and the Old British Consulate. This area is also known as a dating spot for couples and is especially beautiful during the ohanami season.
Address: 1-77-4 Motomachi, Yokohama 231-0861, Kanagawa Prefecture
5. Kamonyama Park
Kamonyama Park is a few minutes away from the JR Sakuragi-cho Station. Also known as “Railway Hill” the area is surrounded by tall buildings that highlight its location. While it may not be as beautiful as the other parks in Yokohama, it’s a nice place to relax and enjoy the sakura flowers during spring.
Address: 57 Momijigaoka, Yokohama 220-0044, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website: www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/nishi/miryoku/kouen/kamonyamakoen.html (Japanese Only)
6. Nogeyama Zoo
Nogeyama Zoo is quaint and cute. If you have kids that like animals, you can drop by this zoo to sate their curiosity. A zoo that you can enter free of charge and spend a few hours with cute animals that the kids will definitely love. The petting area is particularly popular on which you get the chance to pet and hold small animals like guinea pigs, mice, and chickens. There are about 250 cherry blossom trees to make a day here even more memorable.
Address: 63-10 Oimatsucho, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website: http://www.hama-midorinokyokai.or.jp/zoo/nogeyama/ (Japanese Only)
7. Minato No Mieru Oka Koen (Harbor View Park)
Minato No Mieru Oka Koen also called “Harbor View Park” area used to be a British Soldier Barracks. The benches facing the ocean give a great view of the surrounding area all year round. It is also famous for the colorful roses that bloom during spring. At night, you can sit back and watch the light illuminations in the Bay-bridge area.
Address: 1 Harbor View Park, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
8. Sankeien Garden
The Sankeien Garden is considered as one of the most beautiful gardens in Yokohama. A sanctuary for those who want to take a stroll and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The pond has many colorful carps that are often fed by those who visit the garden. A peaceful place in the heart of the city that you must visit during spring and autumn.
Address: 58-1 Hommoku-Sannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0824, Kanagawa Prefecture
9. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is located on Yokohama bay and one of the main attractions of the city. Hailed as one of the top aquariums in Japan, it boasts a number of attractions, shops, restaurants and other attractions for everyone to see. A great place to visit during the weekend with your family and friends. At night, the place is illuminated with colorful lights, which gives off a romantic feel for couples. During the cherry blossom season, from March to mid-April, they do the special event called “Sakura Island”.
The event provides special exhibits in the aquarium and also special menus from restaurants and sakura decorations all around the park.Entering the park is free of charge. Feel free to stroll around and check the various attractions in the area. However, take note that certain places like the Aqua Resort and Pleasure land have an entrance fee.
Address: Hakkeijima, Yokohama 236-0006, Kanagawa Prefecture
10. Negishi Shinrin Park
Negishi Shinrin Park is one of the places that the locals visit when they want to relax, have a picnic, and do other recreational activities without a care in the world. They say that there are around 350 cherry trees in the park. With so many sakura trees in the Negishi Shinrin Park, it is understandable that it becomes very crowded during the ohanami season.
Address: Negishidai, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website: http://negishi-shinrin.jp/ (Japanese Only)
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