Guide to Cherry Blossom Viewing and Spring Walking in Kitakyushu

Apart from the Okinawa Islands, the first place on the Japanese mainland to see cherry blossoms bloom is Kitakyushu. Here, we have compiled a guide to the top cherry blossom viewing spots in northern Kyushu, as well as some hidden gems. Click to view.

Translate content in English only The Korudeta Shrine is the center of worship in the Fukuoka region. Every year in July, the famous festival and celebration of Yamakasa Gion Matsuri begins here. The most remarkable event during the festival is the Oiyama procession on July 15th. This scene is particularly charming and breathtaking. You can not only admire the decorative Yama floats inside the shrine but also witness the ancient Ginkgo tree, which is a symbol of the shrine's thousand-year history. These sights are truly spectacular and worth seeing.
Cherry blossom trees with long ages are planted along the Maruchu Avenue, forming a cherry blossom avenue that is one of the most popular flower-viewing spots for locals in Fukuoka. From late March to early April each year, the cherry blossoms on both sides of the road will bloom, attracting approximately 100,000 visitors to enjoy the spectacle.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is located in Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. It is one of the main shrines dedicated to Tenjin, the god of learning and calligraphy in Japan, along with Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto. It enshrines Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and poet from the Heian period, and also serves as his burial place. Many students visit the shrine to pray for success in their academic pursuits.
This is an excellent location for cherry blossom viewing in spring. The park design is reasonable, and various textual tour guides can be obtained upon entering, which include hiking routes ranging from one to three hours marked with different colors.

Fanshan Cherry Garden

Senshan Cherry Blossom Garden is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Beppu. It has nearly 6,000 cherry blossom trees and is a great place to enjoy the beauty of the blooming flowers from a high vantage point. From the garden, visitors can enjoy stunning views of Beppu Bay, as well as the city's hot springs that blend seamlessly with the ocean. Senshan Cherry Blossom Garden is also an ideal place for hiking, with many trails available for visitors to enjoy the blooming flowers on foot.

Sea hell (hot springs)

Hell Valley is named after the largest hot spring in the park, which displays a beautiful emerald blue-green color resembling the sea. The hot steam and mist surrounding the valley create a heavenly atmosphere. During spring, cherry blossoms bloom, and it is a delightful experience to enjoy the flowers while soaking eggs in the hot spring. Hell Valley also provides a free footbath area where tired tourists can relax and enjoy the benefits of soaking their feet in the hot water.
Suizenji Park is a garden built by the first daimyo of the Hosokawa clan, Tadatoshi Hosokawa, in Higo Province during the Edo period. After several generations of the Hosokawa family's efforts, it has become what it is today and named Suizenji Gardens after Tao Yuanming's poem "Returning to the Fields and Coming Home." The park, commonly known as Suizenji Park, covers an area of about 70,000 square meters. The core of the garden is a pond formed by the flowing waters of the Asu Fuku River. The garden adopts a design style from the Momoyama period, incorporating elements such as artificial mountains, floating stones, small hills, lawns, and pine trees, creating landscapes reminiscent of the Tokaido Fifty-three Stations.
The 300-year-old Shimabara Castle is surrounded by about 250 cherry blossom trees on the shores of its protective moat. During spring, the 1.5-kilometer cherry blossom-lined road around the castle's outer perimeter is filled with blooming pink cherry blossoms, creating a stunning sight. A portion of this road forms a cherry blossom tunnel, which is a mesmerizing sight for visitors. The castle also offers night tours to admire the beautiful nighttime cherry blossom scenery.
In Daimura Park, there are about 2000 cherry blossom trees of 21 different species planted, with over 300 Daimura cherry trees planted in the center of the park near the Daimura Shrine. The elegant and beautiful Daimura cherry blossoms bloom after the Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms have finished blooming, coloring a corner of the park in shades of pink. The cherry blossom viewing period is from the end of March to mid-April. The cherry blossoms are also lit up at night until 11pm.
The spring scenery in Wuxiang is extremely beautiful, with cherry blossoms blooming on the hot spring street. Medical beauty rehabilitation centers are surrounded by cherry blossoms, making Wuxiang in spring a picture of pink and white, mesmerizingly beautiful. Soaking in hot springs, a gust of wind passing by, petals falling down, it's truly awe-inspiring.
Yunokuniyama Park is a famous scenic spot in Japan, featuring the garden ruins of the old Bukkoji Villa in Take-shima and the backdrop of the Yunokuniyama Cliff. It is a great place to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall. The garden covers an area of 500,000 square meters and is a colorful sight when viewed from the mountain. If you visit during azalea season, you'll be greeted by a stunning array of colors. Cherry blossoms are also a picturesque sight. The park is especially known for its nighttime illumination, providing a serene and beautiful atmosphere.
Small Castle Park is the only representative of Saga in the "Selected Places for Cherry Blossoms in Japan". As a typical Japanese garden, it is very distinctive: the combination of tea houses, shrines, ponds, and rock formations has led the park to be selected as one of the 100 Historical Parks of Japan. During the bloom season, over 3,000 cherry blossom trees inside and outside the park are in full bloom, which makes this double-hundred selection park famous. At night, the pond in the park is illuminated, and the cherry blossoms reflected on the surface of the water are elusive, adding infinite imagination. Tourists can also enjoy the local famous carp cuisine and the representative Small Castle Yokan fruit juice, which can be described as a combination of beautiful scenery and delicious food.
The Xu Fu Bicycle Path is one of the great places to enjoy cherry blossoms in the city of Saga. Even outside of cherry blossom season, this path is perfect for tourists to take a walk. There are approximately 1200 cherry blossom trees planted on both sides of the road. When the cherry blossoms bloom, countless locals and tourists come to this road to enjoy the beautiful flowers.
Here is a great place to enjoy autumn leaves in Kitakyushu City, and also a lovely spot to view cherry blossoms in spring. After the springtime, the green grass is abundant and small purple flowers of rosemary bloom, emitting a charming fragrance. The cherry blossoms also blossom brilliantly under the bright sunshine. As a public park for citizens, having a picnic under the cherry blossom trees is a favorite activity for locals.
Kumamoto Castle is located in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. It was built by Kato Kiyomasa. During its construction, ginkgo trees were planted around the castle for food and defense against enemy attacks, hence its nickname "Ginkgo Castle". Kumamoto Castle is one of the three major famous castles in Japan, along with Nagoya Castle and Osaka Castle.
A natural park located in the northern part of Nokonoshima, covering an area of approximately 150,000 square meters, with flowers blooming throughout the four seasons. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in spring, while daffodils are a sight to behold in winter, and rapeseed flowers and cosmos take center stage in autumn. With the backdrop of the azure sea and clear blue sky of Hakata Bay, it is widely regarded as a "stunning view".

Tsuruma Park

Maihama Park consists of several scattered areas, with different varieties of cherry blossoms distributed among them. Climbing up to the castle ruins, you can overlook the entire city of Fukuoka. Maihama Park is open 24 hours a day and visitors can enjoy the night cherry blossoms (however, some small areas may close early).