Great places to see cherry blossoms in Fukuoka! Tochoji temple and Maizuru Park

When you hear the phrase “Spring time in Japan”, what do you think of?
Yes, it’ll be Sakura, or cherry blossoms! Tadaima Japan will introduce many cherry blossom viewing spots in various places of Japan! Cherry blossoms have been loved by Japanese people from ancient times because of their short-lived beauty that only happens for a limited time every year.
This time I will introduce two famous places in Fukuoka Prefecture to see cherry blossoms that I, personally recommend!

2017-04-21   Culture, Seasonal, Travel Destinations, Fukuoka,


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See the beautiful lonesome cherry blossom at Tochoji temple!

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The vermillion five-story pagoda in Tochoji temple

Tochoji (東長寺) temple is an ancient temple founded in 806.
As you pass through the temple gate, the famous lonesome cherry blossom trees burst in view. This lonesome cherry blossom is composed of two cherry trees. They look like one big tree when viewed from a distance, because their branches are intertwined.

The Lonesome cherry tree with a strong life force.
The Lonesome cherry tree with a strong life force.

This 60-year-old cherry tree has lower branches, so you can see a profuse amount of cherry blossoms right at your nose. Tochoji is a very famous place to see cherry blossoms in the Hakata area, and there are many visitors who sigh over their outstanding beauty in full bloom.
I would like you to see this magnificent cherry tree when you visit Hakata!

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There are many other sights to see here, including the vermillion five-story pagoda and the largest seated Buddha statue in Japan. Please stroll around the temple grounds!

Tochoji Temple

  • Address:2-4, Gokusho-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hours:9:00am-5:00pm
  • Getting there:1-minute walk from the exit 1 of Gion station on subway Kuko Line
  • Telephone:092-291-4459

 

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One of the best places for viewing cherry blossoms in Fukuoka! Maizuru Park and its cherry blossom carpet in the park at full bloom.

Scenery with a sea of cherry blossoms.
Scenery with a sea of cherry blossoms.

Maizuru Park is centered around the Fukuoka castle ruins and is known as one of the best places for viewing cherry blossoms in Fukuoka City. About 1000 cherry trees bloom in spring time. Many places in the park are full of pink-and-white color, such as around the castle ruins and along the moat. It is crowded with many people every spring. Somei Yoshino, a synonym for cherry blossom in Japan, and various other kinds of cherry trees including Shidare-zakura and Kanzan are planted in this park. These trees bloom at different times, so you can enjoy an extended amount of time every year viewing cherry blossoms!

Cherry blossoms reflected in the moat are so beautiful!
Cherry blossoms reflected in the moat are so beautiful!

The scenery of the Fukuoka Castle stone wall ruins and cherry blossoms will take you back in time to the Edo Period!
Tamon-yagura (turret), an important cultural property, Kinen-yagura and Najima-gate still exist as remains. Why don’t you tour this park?

Fukuoka castle ruins and cherry blossoms (photograph provided by Fukuoka City)
Fukuoka castle ruins and cherry blossoms (photograph provided by Fukuoka City)

Fukuoka Castle’s Sakura Festival is held from the end of March to the beginning of April every year in Maizuru Park. The castle wall and cherry blossoms are beautifully illuminated during the festival, and you can enjoy fantastic and romantic views. This festival features many food stalls and trucks, as well as many other events. It’ll be fun to say hello to spring this year in Fukuoka!

For more details on the Fukuoka Sakura Festival, check out: the official website
Please be sure the information has been updated.

Illuminated cherry blossoms and the castle give you great views (photograph provided by Fukuoka City)
Illuminated cherry blossoms and the castle give you great views (photograph provided by Fukuoka City)
Maizuru Park

 

  • Address:1-4 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Getting there:8-minute walk from Ohori-koen station on subway Kuko Line

 

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Waddy

Waddy

writer/ translator

Born and raised in Tokyo. A legitimate “Edokko” or Tokyoite. I love wandering and experiencing unusual things. Japan is where I was born and raised, but it’s still full of mystery to me. I’d like to share some of my endeavors with you.