Tokyo, Japan March 26, 2010—Top cherry blossom spots such as Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo are featured this spring on City-Discovery.com. Known locally as sakura, cherry blossoms are recognized as Japan's unofficial national flower. According to the travel website, hanami or cherry blossom viewing is a big event in Japan, as the blossoms last only a week or two. Thousands of people fill the parks during this season to hold feasts under the trees.
In Hiroshima, cherry blossom season is best enjoyed at Hiroshima Peace Park, Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Garden, Hijiyama Park and Miyajima. A related activity offered on the site is Hiroshima and Miyajima 1 Day, which highlights the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, home to about 300 cherry trees; and Miyajima, a small island outside the city that is famous for its Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, boasting of more than a thousand cherry trees.
For some serious sakura sighting in Osaka, there is the Osaka Castle, Osaka Mint Bureau, Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Expo 70 Commemorative Park and Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park. City-Discovery.com's Walking Tour Osaka 1 Day features Osaka Castle, where over 4000 cherry trees have been planted on the spacious grounds.
Famous for its Buddhist temples, Kyoto is also known for its numerous cherry blossom spots such as Maruyama Park, Philosopher's Trail, Arashiyama, Heian Shrine, Okazaki Canal, Kamogawa, Daigoji Temple and Hirano Shrine. To visit Kyoto's major attractions including the Heian Shrine, whose main garden is dotted by weeping cherry trees locally known as shidarezakura, City-Discovery.com recommends Kyoto in 1 Day tour.
In Nagoya, cherry blossom viewing is a common sight at Nagoya Castle, Yamazakigawa Riverside, Tsuruma Park, and Nagoya Peace Park. Rare cherry tree varieties can be seen in Nagoya Castle's park and along its moats. A related activity on City-Discovery.com is Nagoya Afternoon.
Popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo include Ueno Park, Sumida Park, Inokashira Park, the Meguro River, Shinjuku Gyoen and Aoyama Cemetery. One of the site's bestsellers, Dynamic Tokyo, features a cruise up Sumida River, where about a thousand cherry blossoms planted riverside make a beautiful flower tunnel in spring.
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