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Cherry Blossoms in Hakone

Cherry Blossoms in Hakone


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When it comes to spring in Hakone, there are splendid places to view cherry blossoms. Below is some information about cherry blossoms and places for viewing in Hakone.

In Hakone, a variety of different cherry blossoms can be seen depending on the area. These include Yoshino cherry blossoms, weeping cherry blossoms, and wild cherry blossoms among others.  Hakone has a varied elevation which is one of the reasons why cherry blossoms can be enjoyed over a long time of about a month. They first bloom in the Yumoto area, and then gradually can be seen in the higher Lake Ashi area and its surroundings (usually from early April to late April).

Here are some recommended places to view cherry blossoms in Hakone:

Cherry blossom lined paths along Haya river in Miyagino
[Best time to see: Early to mid April]

Here, Yoshino cherry trees grow by the Hayakawa river over a stretch of 450 meters. You can take a walk under the fully bloomed cherry trees while hearing the rumbling of the river.  These cherry blossoms will be lit-up during the Miyagino cherry blossom festival in early April, allowing visitors to enjoy cherry blossom viewing in the evenings. (The photograph is from a previous year and it will look like this.)

Hakone Gora Park
[Best time to view: Early to mid April]

Established in 1914, Gora Park is known as the first French-style garden to be created in Japan. There are several kinds of cherry blossoms such as Yoshino cherry, weeping cherry, Fuji cherry, and autumn cherry.  There is also a very rare cherry called Yaemame cherry that is only found in a few places in Hakone.

Hakone Kowakien Horaien
[Best time to view: Early to mid April]

The large park consists of ground of roughly 5,00 tsubo (approx. 3,300 ㎡). There are many Yoshino cherry blossoms and other cherry trees that adorn the surrounding parks. It is a true joy to visit this park in spring. 

Onshihakone Park
[Best time to view: Mid to late April]

You can enjoy a panoramic landscape looking down at Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji in front of you.  This landscape has been selected as one of the “50 selected landscapes of Kanagawa.”  The fully bloomed cherry blossoms with Mt. Fuji in the background is definitely worthwhile a visit.

If you are planning to visit Hakone in April, please consider ‘viewing cherry blossoms’ as one of your activities to do and enjoy the spring beauty.

At Explore Hakone we offer catered tours specific to your needs and request. Please contact to arrange an occasion of cherry blossom viewing guided by a professional, local guide.