Top 10 Best Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Viewing Spots in Yokohama 2023
In Japan, there is a traditional custom of appreciating the beauty of flowers, especially Sakura (cherry blossoms), in springtime. Yokohama is blessed with the scenery of both traditional and modern architecture which blends well with Sakura. Here are the top 10 popular Sakura viewing spots in the city. Most spots are free, so you can casually enjoy authentic Japanese beauty.
＜2023 Sakura Forecast＞ the end of March to the beginning of April
Go to our event calendar for upcoming cherry blossoms viewing events.
Minato Mirai 21 / Sakuragicho Area
1.Minato Mirai 21 (Sakura-dori, Kishamichi Promenade)
"Sakura-dori" is one of the most famous Sakura (cherry blossoms) viewing spots in Yokohama, with Somei-yoshino Sakura trees in beautiful light red and white blooming along a 500-meter-long walkway stretches from JR Sakuragi-cho Station to Yokohama Landmark Tower and Pacifico Yokohama. “Kishamichi Promenade” is a boardwalk consisted of three bridges over the sea which was former railway track. From both viewing spots, you can enjoy the fusion of the modern skyscrapers of Minato Mirai and the beautiful cherry blossoms.
|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|
2. Ookagawa River
Approximately 700 of Sakura (cherry blossom) trees bloom along the riverbanks on both sides which creates a tunnel like effect of Sakura branches, making it one of the most famous Sakura viewing sights in Yokohama. At night, Sakura reflected on the river surface illuminated by Bonbori lanterns create a fantastic atmosphere as they sway with the river flow. As the cherry blossoms begin to fall, countless petals fall to the surface of the river, filling the entire river with Sakura petals and turning it beautiful Sakura colored, which is also a highlight.
|OOKAGAWA RIVER SAKURA FESTIVAL|
|Address||Ookagawa, Naka-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Stage: Hinodecho Station (Keikyu Line)|
3. Kamonyama Park
Kamonyama Park, located on a hill a 15-minute walk from Sakuragi-cho Station, you can look out over skyscrapers of Minatomirai 21 area down below. The park is also known as a famous place for Sakura (cherry blossoms), and in an open space surrounded by Sakura trees a monument to Naosuke Ii overlooks the Port of Yokohama, which he contributed to open. It is a popular sakura viewing spot in Yokohama, attracting many visitors during Sakura season.
|Address||57 Momijizaka, Nishi-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Sakuragicho Station:JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line / Municipal Subway Line|
Yamashita Park/Chinatown Area
4. Yamashita Park
Yamashita Park is a well-known sightseeing spot representing Yokohama, with a beautiful view of the sea. The flower beds and rose garden in the park offer seasonal flowers throughout the year, and in springtime, you can take pictures of Sakura (cherry blossoms) with the NYK Hikawa Maru (a museum ship designated as a tangible cultural property of Yokohama City) and Yokohama Marine Tower in the back, making this a unique Hanami spot in Yokohama. Sakura trees around "World Plaza" on the east side of the park are especially magnificent.
|Address||279, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Kannai Station: JR Negishi Line
Motomachi-Chukagai Station: Minato Mirai Line
5. Sankeien Garden
The vast traditional Japanese garden covering over 175,000 sqm. with historical buildings across Japan. The garden features numerous Sakura trees around the pond, offering the beautiful scenery of the authentic Japanese Spring. Sakura trees are planted in the surrounding Honmoku area, and you can already get into the mood for Sakura viewing while heading there.
|Address||58-1, Honmoku Sannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama|
|Access||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 9:00pm
(Last entry 8:30pm)
|Admission||Adult ( 15 years old and above ) 700yen
Children ( 14 years old and under ) 200yen
6. Negishi Forest Park
This extensive park was built on the site which once housed the first full-scale horse racing track in Japan. Approximately 350 Sakura trees are planted around a gently undulating, grassy open space. The large grass field is a perfect for enjoying Hanami (flower viewing). Viewing flowers while exercising, such as jogging, is another unique way to enjoy Negishi Forest Park.
|NEGISHI FOREST PARK|
|Address||1-2, Negishidai, Naka-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Negishi Station / Yamate Station: JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line|
7. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
A marine entertainment island which makes the most of the unique characteristics of “the sea,” “islands,” and “living creatures,” where you can enjoy four different aquariums and a variety of attractions. You can enjoy approximately 700 Sakura trees of five varieties, including Someiyoshino, Yamazakura, and Oshima-zakura. In addition, various events are held on the island, and you can feel the arrival of spring and fresh greenery in various places on the island.
|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
8. Kanazawa Natural Park / Zoological Garden
Kanazawa Natural Park is one of the largest natural parks in Yokohama, covering approximately 600,000m² surrounded by greenery, and Kanazawa Zoo is located within this natural park. The best spot for Sakura viewing in the park is the row of Sakura trees in front of where the Indian elephants are. You can enjoy Sakura viewing while watching elephants.
There are about 2,000 Sakura trees of more than a dozen varieties, and around 180 trees of Someiyoshino are planted in the zoo area.
|KANAZAWA ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS (PARK)|
|Address||5-15-1, Kamariyahigashi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Kanazawa-Bunko Station: Keihin Kyuko Line|
|Hours||Natural Park (Botanical Zone) : 9:00am-5:00pm
Zoo area : 9:30am-4:30pm (Last Entry 4:00pm)
|Admission||(Zoo) Adult : 500 yen / High school student : 300 yen / Elementary school student / Junior high school student : 200 yen
(Park) Free Admission
9. Mitsuike Park
Mitsuike Park is centered around three ponds and is surrounded by a forested area including Sakura trees.
Mitsuike Park is also famous for its Sakura trees, which have been selected as one of the 100 best Sakura viewing spots in Japan. 1,600 Sakura trees of 78 varieties bloom one after another, adding color to the waterfront.
|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)
10. Kodomonokuni (Children’s Land)
The 250-acre park includes a farm with animals and a barbecue area and many. Other attractions include a 110-meter-long slide, a mini steam locomotive, and an artificial river amongst other facilities. Every year from around late March, over 1,000 Sakura trees from 40 different varieties bloom.
|KODOMONOKUNI (Children’s Land)|
|Address||700, Nara-cho, Aoba-ku Yokohama|
|Closest Railway Station||Kodomonokuni Station: Tokyu Kodomonokuni Line|
|Hours||9:30am-4:30pm (Last Entry 3:30pm)
*July, August 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry 4:00pm)
|Admission||600 yen (Adults) / 200 yen (Jr.High School and Elementary School Students) / 100 yen (aged 3 to 5)|