The secret guide to enjoying cherry blossoms and spring in Kitakyushu

Apart from the Okinawa Islands, the first place in Japan to usher in cherry blossom season is Kitakyushu in northern Kyushu. Here, the popular cherry blossom spots and secret hideaways featured in the "Best Sakura Selection in Northern Kyushu" are compiled into this secret guidebook. 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 trees of long age are planted on both sides of Machiya Avenue, forming a cherry blossom avenue through interaction. This is one of the most popular flower viewing spots in Fukuoka, usually visited only by locals. From late March to early April every year, cherry blossoms bloom on both sides of the road, covering the sky and attracting about 100,000 people to come and enjoy the scene. The atmosphere is beyond imagination.
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 place for cherry blossom viewing in spring. The park is well-designed, and you can receive various text tourist maps when entering, which indicate hiking routes that last from one hour to three hours, marked in different colors.

Fanshan Cherry Garden

Mentioned in Beppu, the Senzan Sakura Garden is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing. Almost 6,000 cherry blossom trees are planted here, providing a great place for people to enjoy the view and scenery of Beppu Bay. The hot springs of Beppu can also be seen from the garden, which matches well with the sea view. Moreover, Senzan Sakura Garden is also a perfect place for hiking, with many trails available for people to walk and appreciate the cherry blossoms.

Haiti Hell (Hot Spring)

Named after the largest hot spring in the park, which presents a beautiful emerald blue color reminiscent of the ocean, Hell Valley in Hokkaido is surrounded by thick smoke and looks like a fairyland. In the spring, cherry blossoms bloom, and it is a pleasant experience to soak some eggs in the hot spring while enjoying the flowers. There is also a free foot bath area in Hell Valley, where tired travelers can enjoy a relaxing foot soak.
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.
Shimabara Castle, with a history of 300 years, is surrounded by about 250 cherry blossom trees along the moats. During springtime, the about 1.5-kilometer-long road along the castle moat is covered with pink sakura trees, creating a dreamy atmosphere. Some parts even form a cherry blossom tunnel, which is incredibly beautiful. In the evening, visitors can enjoy the fantastic night view of the cherry blossoms.
In Daimura Park, there are about 2000 cherry blossom trees of 21 different species, with over 300 Daimura cherry trees planted in the center of the park near the Daimura Shrine. Every year, these elegant and beautiful Daimura cherry trees bloom in a stunning shade of pink after the Yoshino cherry blossoms have finished blooming, coloring a corner of the park. The cherry blossom viewing period is from late March to mid-April, and the trees are lit up at night until 11:00 pm.
The spring scenery in Wuxiang is extremely beautiful, with cherry blossoms blooming on the hot spring street and surrounding the medical beauty and recuperation institution. Wuxiang in spring is a sea of pink and white, incredibly gorgeous. Soaking in the hot spring, with gusts of wind blowing and petals falling, it is truly breathtaking.
Yunoshima Park is a famous scenic spot in Japan with the old garden remains of the Wakamatsu Takashima family villa as a national monument, and the backdrop of the Mt. Oyama cliffs for cherry blossom and red leaf viewing. In spring, it is famous for its early cherry blossoms and late azaleas. With an area of 500,000 square meters, the garden offers a panoramic view of colorful flowers. When the azaleas are in full bloom, it is a brilliant display of various colors. The cherry blossom season is also picturesque. At night, it is known for its beautiful night views with illuminated lights, serene and peaceful.
Koijigahama Park is the only representative of Saga in the "Selected 100 Sakura Spots in Japan". As a typical Japanese garden, it is very distinctive with the combination of tea house, shrine, pond and rockery, making it selected as one of the 100 historic parks in Japan. During the flowering season, over 3,000 cherry blossom trees bloom both inside and outside the park, which has made the park famous nationwide. At night, the pond in the park is illuminated, and the cherry blossoms are reflected in the water, adding endless imagination. Tourists can also enjoy the famous carp dishes and kochi-yatsuhashi, a local fruit juice representative, in the park, making it a perfect combination of beautiful scenery and delicious food.
The Xu Fu Bicycle Path is one of the best places to enjoy cherry blossoms in Saga City. Even outside of the cherry blossom season, this path is extremely suitable for tourists to take a stroll. About 1,200 cherry blossom trees are planted on both sides of the road, and whenever the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, it always attracts countless locals and tourists to take a leisurely walk and enjoy the flowers.
Here is a great place to admire autumn leaves and enjoy sakura in spring in Kitakyushu City. After the spring starts, the green grass is like a carpet, and the small lavender flowers of the thyme bloom, emitting a charming fragrance. The sakura also bloom beautifully under the sunshine. As a municipal park, picnicking under the sakura trees is the locals' favorite activity.
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

The Maizuru Park consists of several areas with different cherry blossom varieties scattered throughout. By climbing up to the castle ruins on the hill, one can overlook the whole city of Fukuoka. Maizuru Park is open 24 hours a day and visitors can enjoy viewing night cherry blossoms (with the exception of small areas that close early).