In Japan, there is a traditional custom to appreciate the beauty of the flowers, especially cherry blossoms (sakura) in the spring time. Yokohama is blessed with the scenery of both traditional and modern architecture which blends well with the cherry blossoms. Below are the top 10 popular cherry blossom viewing spots. Most of the spots are free, making them affordable places to enjoy the authentic Japanese beauty.
Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2017 Season
The cherry blossom forecast (date of the first bloom and the full bloom) of 2017 season has been released. The best season to view the cherry blossoms in Yokohama is expected to start from late March to early April.
First bloom: Mar. 26th, 2017
Full bloom: Apr.3rd, 2017
Go to our event calendar for upcoming cherry blossoms viewing events.
There is also a large-scale flower event, 33rd National Urban Greenery Fair Yokohama (Garden Necklace Yokohama 2017) , held from March 25th to June 4th this year! More than one million flowers total will be on display at about ten spots in the city with cherry blossoms, roses, and tulips as theme flowers!
The vast traditional Japanese garden covering over 175,000 sqm. with historical buildings across Japan. The garden features numerous cherry blossom trees around the pond, offering the beautiful scenery of the authentic Japanese Spring. “Sakura (cherry blossom) Ice Cream” at the rest house is also a must-have of this season.
Sankeien Garden Cherry Blossom Night Viewing 2017
Mar.25th (Sat.) to Apr. 2nd (Sun.), 2017
The opening hours are extended during the full blossom season, for people to enjoy the illuminated cherry blossoms at night. (*Entrance until 8:30pm, closes at 9pm) Enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms illuminated by lanterns with Tomyoji’s three stories pagoda lit up on the hill top.
|Address||58-1, Honmoku Sannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||From Negishi Station: JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line: Get on the municipal bus from bus stop No.1, take Route No.58,99 or 101 to bus station Honmoku, 10 min. walk to the Garden|
From Yokohama Station: Get on the municipal bus from the bus stop No.2, take Route No.8 or 148 to bus station Sankeien Iriguchi, 5 min. walk to the Garden
|Hours||9am-5pm (Last entry 4:30pm) *The opening hours are extended during the full blossom season until 8:30pm|
|Admission||500 yen (Junior high school student or above)|
200 yen (Elementary School Student)
“Sakura-dori” is a 500m of cherry‐tree‐lined street stretching over Minato Mirai 21 area. “Kishamichi Promenade” is a boardwalk consisted of three bridges over the sea which was former railway track. From both viewing spots, the fusion of the modern skyscrapers of Minato Mirai and the beautiful cherry blossoms can be enjoyed.
Minato Mirai 21 Sakura Festa (Cherry Blossom Festival) 2017
Mar. 25 (Sat.) to Apr. 2 (Sun.), 2017
During the Festa, cherry blossoms on the Sakura-dori will be illuminated by LED lights. There will also be various events held at the surrounding facilities, mainly on April 1nd(Sat.) such as street performances, live music performance, and more. Come and enjoy the arrival of the spring.
|MINATO MIRAI 21|
|Address||Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama|
|Area||Minato Mirai 21/Sakuragicho|
|Closest Railway Station||Sakuragicho Station: JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line / Municipal Subway Line / Minatomirai Station: Minatomirai Line|
3. Ookagawa River
Over 200 cherry blossom trees decorate the river banks on both sides, creating one of the most outstanding cherry blossom viewing sights in Yokohama. The cherry blossom viewing can also be enjoyed from “Ohanami Cruise” boats, which cruise under the cherry blossom tunnel!
25th Ookagawa Sakura Festival 2017
Apr. 1 (Sat.) to Apr. 2 (Sun.), 2017
*Lantern illumination: Mar. 18 (Sat.) to Apr. 9 (Sun.) 2016, 17:00～24:00
The Ookagawa Sakura Festival is held in the vicinity of the river. Street stalls, event stages, going downstream by boats, and delicious sake, all of these are waiting for guests who visit.
|OOKAGAWA RIVER SAKURA FESTIVAL|
|Address||Ookagawa, Naka-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Stage: Hinodecho Station (Keikyu Line)|
|YOKOHAMA HAKKEIJIMA SEA PARADISE|
|Address||Hakkeijima, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Hakkeijima Station: Sea Side Line|
|Hours||Depends on facility|
|Admission||Entrance to island is free.|
1 DAY TICKET (Aquarium & Attraction)
Adult & High School Student 5,050 yen
Junior high school & Elementary school student 3,600 yen
Children (4 years or over) 2,050 yen
5. Kamonyama Park
|Address||57 Momijizaka, Nishi-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Sakuragicho Station: JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line / Municipal Subway Line|
|NEGISHI FOREST PARK|
|Address||1-2, Negishidai, Naka-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Negishi Station / Yamate Station: JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line|
7. Mitsuike Park
Located approximately 1.8 km northwest of Tsurumi Station, Mitsuike Park comprises three ponds. The name of “Mitsuike” came from them. It is enclosed in an abundant forest. When spring arrives, more than 1,600 Sakura trees begin blossom. The park is a well-known spot for cherry blossom viewing.
|Address||1-1 Mitsuike Park, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station|
and Bus Stop
|Mitsuike-Koen Kitamon (Municipal Bus Route 6 or 104) from Shin-Yokohama Station(JR)|
Mitsuike-Koen Kitamon (Municipal Bus Route 6, 67,or 104) from Tsurumi Station (JR)
Exhibiting approximately 40 species of rare herbivorous animals, this zoological park also provides animal guides and holds “animal-feeding” and other mini-events on a daily basis. More than 2,000 cherry blossom trees of different varieties, enabling visitors to enjoy a relatively long cherry blossom viewing season.
|KANAZAWA ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS (PARK)|
|Address||5-15-1, Kamariyahigashi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Kanazawa-Bunko Station: Keihin Kyuko Line|
|Hours||9:30-16:30（Last Entry 16:00）|
|Admission||(Zoo) Adult: 500 yen / High school student: 300 yen / Elementary school student / Junior high school student: 200 yen|
(Park) Free Admission
The 250 acre park houses a farm with animals and a plaza where visitors can enjoy barbecue. Other attractions include a 110 meter long slide, a mini steam locomotive, and an artificial river amongst other facilities. From the end of March, over 1,000 cherry blossom trees from 40 different varieties will begin to blossom.
|KODOMONOKUNI (Children’s Land)|
|Address||700, Nara-cho, Aoba-ku Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Kodomonokuni Station: Tokyu Kodomonokuni Line|
|Hours||9:30-16:30 *Jul.,Aug. 09:30-17:00|
|Admission||600 yen (Adults), 200 yen(Jr.High School and Elementary School Students), 100 yen(aged 3 to 5)|
|Address||279, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Kannai Station: JR Negishi Line|
Motomachi-Chukagai Station: Minato Mirai Line