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Local staff carefully selected!11 recommended cherry blossom viewing spots in each region

Many of you may be thinking about planning your outings for the cherry blossom viewing season that will soon be upon us. In this issue, we would like to introduce some recommended cherry blossom viewing spots carefully selected by local staff of Sotetsu Hotels in various regions, from Sapporo in Hokkaido to Kumamoto in Kyushu! From classic cherry blossom viewing spots to hidden gems near the hotel, these are spots that you should visit at least once. (Information as of February 2024)

Hokkaido and Tohoku Area

Sapporo Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Shrine

・Usual bloom time : Mid to late April
The most popular place for cherry blossom viewing in Sapporo is here! Hokkaido Shrine has about 1,100 cherry trees, and Maruyama Park has 120 cherry trees, making it a popular cherry blossom viewing spot for many years. The blooming and full-blooming period varies depending on the type of cherry trees, location, and exposure to the sun, so you can enjoy the cherry blossoms for a long period of time. A stroll along the street from Nishi 15-chome to Maruyama Park on the streetcar is also recommended.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Sapporo-Susukino
Access : Approximately 2 minutes from Hosui Susukino Station on the Subway Toho Line to Odori Station, approximately 5 minutes transferring to the Tozai Line, 10 minutes walk from Maruyama Koen Station Exit 3.

Sendai Shiroishi river embankment Hitome Senbon Zakura

・Usual blooming period : Early April to mid-April
The "Hitome senbon zakura" rows of cherry trees, mainly Someiyoshino cherry trees, blooming along the Shiroishigawa River bank, and the Zao mountain range and cherry blossoms are a spectacular sight to behold. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular view that can only be seen in this area.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Sendai
Access : Approximately 35 minutes on the Tohoku Main Line from JR Sendai Station to Ogawara Station. Approximately 3 minutes walk from Ogawara Station.

Kanto Area

Yokohama Sankeien Garden

・Usual blooming period : Late March - early April
Sankeien is a 175,000 sqm Japanese garden created by industrialist and tea master Hara Sankei. During the cherry blossom viewing season, approximately 250 cherry trees are in bloom. The cherry blossom tunnel leading from the Honmoku area to the main gate, the branches of the cherry trees extending to the pond in the outer garden area, and the harmony of the cherry trees with the historical buildings located in the garden are very impressive. At night, the cherry blossoms are lit up and look different from their daytime appearance.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Yokohama-Higashiguchi, 
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Yokohama-Sakuragicho
Access : From Yokohama Station, take the JR Negishi Line and get off at Negishi Station. 10 minutes on the 58 or 101 city bus and a 10-minute walk from the Honmoku stop.

Chubu Area

Niigata Nishiohata Park

・Usual blooming period : Early April
This is a large and beautiful park located right in front of the Niigata City Art Museum. With cherry blossoms and benches surrounding the plaza, it is a perfect park for cherry blossom viewing.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Access : Approximately 15 minutes by car from HOTEL SUNROUTE NIIGATA.

Nagano Kawanakajima Old Battlefield Heritage Park

・Usual blooming period : Mid April
Approximately 100 Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom. Hachimanbara is the site of the most fierce battle in the five battles between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin called the Battle of Kawanakajima. With a 12,000 sqm lawn square, a babbling stream lined with natural stones, and an old-fashioned thatched-roof gazebo, you can immerse yourself in nature.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagano-Zenkojiguchi
Access : Approximately 20 minutes by bus from JR Nagano Station to Matsudai, 2 minutes walk from Kawanakajima Kosenjo bus stop. 5 minutes drive from Nagano IC.

Nagoya  Kiyosu Castle

・Usual blooming period : Late March - early April
The cherry blossoms at Kiyosu Castle, which was the starting point of Lord Oda Nobunaga's attempt to seize control of the country and was an important base for warlords seeking to end the Warring States period and pacify the country, are very beautiful at night when the castle is illuminated. The view outside from the castle tower is spectacular.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagoya-Sakuradoriguchi, 
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagoya-Shinkansenguchi
Cypress Hotel Nagoya-eki Mae
Access : Approximately 7 minutes by JR Tokaido Main Line from Nagoya station and approximately 15 minutes walk from Kiyosu station.

Kinki Area

Kyoto Toji Temple

・Usual blooming period : Early April
The beautiful appearance of double-red weeping cherry blossoms, which are named ”Fujizakura”, along with the five-storied pagoda, is very reminiscent of Kyoto. In addition to weeping cherry blossoms, about 200 cherry blossom trees, including Somei Yoshino cherry tree and Kawazu cherry tree, are in full bloom, and you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing everywhere.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Hachijoguchi
Access : Approximately 15 minutes walk from the hotel 

Other recommended hotels:
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Shijokarasuma, 
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Kiyomizu Gojo, 
The official website for each hotel is below!

Osaka Osaka Castle

・Usual blooming period : Late March to mid-April
This lush park stretches around Osaka Castle and is an urban oasis close to the station.
Nishinomaru Garden, surrounded by important cultural properties, is known as a cherry blossom viewing spot with approximately 300 cherry trees, mainly Someiyoshino.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Osaka-Namba,  
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Osaka-Shinsaibashi
Access : Osaka Metro Midosuji Line approximately 3 minutes from Namba Station or Shinsaibashi Station to Honmachi Station, approximately 3 minutes after transferring to Chuo Line, approximately 6 minutes walk from Tanimachi 4-chome Station.

Other recommended hotels:
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kitahama,
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Osaka-Yodoyabashi,
The official website for each hotel is below!

Hyogo Shukugawa Park

・Usual blooming period : Late March - early April
The entire river is maintained as a city park, and 1,000 cherry trees were planted in 1949 at the suggestion of then Mayor Tatsuma Uichiro. The 1,600 beautiful Someiyoshino cherry trees line both banks of the Shukugawa River for a distance of 2.8 km in a north-south direction. Even at night, the nighttime cherry blossoms illuminated by the city lights are intoxicatingly beautiful.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kobe-Sannomiya
Access : Approximately 15 minutes from Kobe-Sannomiya Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line. One minute walk from Shukugawa Station

Other recommended hotels:
The official website for each hotel is below!

Chugoku Area

Hiroshima Hijiyama Park

・Usual blooming period : Late March - early April
Hijiyama Park is located on a small hill from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Hiroshima City and the Seto Inland Sea. Usually around early April, the beautiful blooming of approximately 1,300 cherry trees, including Someiyoshino, is spectacular. The greenery and sculptures surrounding the observatory, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Manga Library, and walking paths make for a full day of fun.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hiroshima
Access : Approximately 14 minutes walk from Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hiroshima.

Kyushu Area

Kumamoto Kumamoto Castle

・Usual blooming period : Late March - early April
Cherry blossoms can be seen from the castle tower, Ninomaru Square, and Sakura-no-Baba Josaien. The entire Kumamoto Castle is filled with a lively atmosphere during the Spring Castle Festival and other events. The sight of approximately 800 cherry trees, mainly Someiyoshino and other cherry trees, in full bloom is very worth seeing.
★★★Recommended Hotels★★★
Access : Approximately 10 minutes walk from SOTETSU GRAND FRESA KUMAMOTO.

Other recommended hotels:
The official website for each hotel is below!
This time, we have introduced recommended cherry blossom viewing spots by hotel staff from all over the country. It has been announced that cherry blossoms are expected to bloom earlier than normal in 2024 nationwide. Please refer to the information introduced above and come visit to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

*Information as of February 2024.

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