Famous Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in San’in, Japan

Famous Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in San’in, Japan

Enjoy "Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing)" in Tottori and Shimane

Cherry blossoms make everyone happy. Bring your bento boxes and let's go for a picnic! Listed below are some of our famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Tottori and Shimane.

Castles and Cherry Blossoms Create Fantastic Scenery

[Shimane] Matsue Castle

Matsue Castle

Matsue Castle is one of 12 castle towers still existing in Japan and was listed as a national treasure in 2015.
Sakura Festival is held during every cherry blossom season.

Address: 1-5 Tono-machi, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number: 0852-21-4030
Webpage: http://www.kankou-shimane.com/en/?p=649


[Tottori] Tottori Castle Ruins and Kyusho Park

Tottori Castle Ruins

Kyusho Park has a lot to offer to tourists including Tottori Castle ruins, Jinpukaku and Tottori Prefectural Museum.
In spring, over 400 cherry trees blossom and create an amazing scenery. The park is full of people who are here to see the cherry blossoms.

Address: Higashi-machi, Tottori-shi, Tottori
Telephone Number: 0857-22-3318 (Tottori City Tourist Information Center)
Webpage: http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/512/



Enchanting Sight of Cherry Blossoms along the Riverside

[Tottori] Cherry Blossoms at the Hosshojigawa Riverbank

Hossho-ji River Bank

More than 700 cherry trees are lined for 2 km along the riverbank near the site of Hosshoji Castle.

Address: Nanbu-cho Hosshoji, Saihaku-gun, Tottori
Telephone Number: 0859-66-3113 (Nanbu-cho Tourism Association)
Webpage: http://www.tottori-guide.jp/tourism/tour/view/248


[Tottori] Cherry Blossoms at the Fukurogawa Riverbank

Hukurogawa River Bank

There are two kilometers of cherry trees that line the walkway of Fukuro River, creating an amazing tunnel of cherry blossoms. This site is close to Tottori Station and very popular among the locals. During cherry blossom seasons, paper covered lanterns decorate the walkway for people to enjoy a fantastic night view of reflections of cherry blossoms in the river.

Address: From Motomachi to Zaimoku-cho (between Wakasa and Yutokoro Bridge), Tottori City, Tottori
Telephone Number: 0857-22-3318 (Tottori City Tourist Information Center)
Webpage: http://www.tottori-guide.jp/tourism/tour/view/925


[Shimane] Row of Cherry Trees along Hiikawa River

Hi River Bank

There are two kilometers of Cherry trees that line the banks of the Hiikawa River which create an amazing tunnel of cherry blossoms.
This is known as the best place to view cherry blossoms in the Chugoku Area.

Address: Kisuki-cho Kisuki, Unnan-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number: 0854-40-1054 (Unnan Tourism Association)
Webpage: http://www.kankou-shimane.com/ja/spot/detail/423


[Shimane] Tamayugawa Riverbank

Tamayu River Bank

From Route 9 to the entrance of the Tamatsukuri Hot springs Resort Area, about 400 Yoshino cherry trees are lined for two kilometers along the Tamayugawa River. The fantastic view of illuminated cherry trees at night is also a must see.

Address: Tamatsukuri, Tamayu-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number: 0852-62-3300 (Tamatsukuri Hot Spring Branch, Matsue Tourist Association)
Webpage: https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/197.html



Cherry Blossoms at Shrines and Temples

[Shimane] Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

This is one of the most famous shrines in Japan as well as Ise Shrine. About 200 Yoshino cherry trees blossom on the shrine grounds and create a fascinating contrast with green pine trees.

Address: 195 Kizukihigashi, Taisha-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number: 0853-53-3100
Webpage: https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/200.html


[Shimane] Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple

You can enjoy beautiful scenery all year round at the broad Kiyomizu Temple grounds. Cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, colored leaves in autumn and snow in winter enrich viewers’ heart.  Experiential activities such as Zen meditation is also available.

Address: 528 Kiyomizu-cho, Yasugi-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number: 0854-22-2151
Webpage: https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/199.html



Cherry Blossoms at Parks

[Tottori] Tottori Prefectural Flower Park

Tottori Prefectural Flower Park

With Mt. Daisen in the background, you can enjoy viewing seasonal flowers bloom in abundance; cherry blossoms, tulips, Iceland poppies in April, 100 thousand lilies and roses from May to summer, cosmos and salvias in autumn and camellias, violas and pansies in winter.

Address: 110 Tsuruda, Nanbu-cho, Saihaku-gun, Tottori
Telephone Number: 0859-48-3030
Webpage: https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/187.html


[Tottori] Utsubuki Park

Utsubuki Park

This is renowned as one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing sites in San’in and is also selected as one of the “100 best cherry blossoms viewing sites in Japan”. You can enjoy a variety of cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, fresh greenery in summer, colored leaves in autumn, and camellias in winter. This park is beautiful at any season and is a healing spot in addition to being selected as one of the “100 best city parks in Japan”.

Address: Nakano-cho, Kurayoshi City, Tottori
Telephone Number: 0858-22-1200 (Kurayoshi White Wall District Tourism Bureau)
Webpage: http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/799/



Railways and Cherry Blossoms

[Tottori] Wakasa Station

Wakasa Station

“Waka-sa” literally means “Young Cherry”. As the name indicates, you can view beautiful cherry blossoms at this station. There are a lot of cherry trees planted along the railway tracks, so you can also view cherry blossoms from the train.

Address: Wakasa, Wakasa-cho, Yazu-gun, Tottori (Wakasa Station)
Telephone Number: 0858-82-0919
Webpage: https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/176.html


[Shimane] Tsuwano: San’in’s Little Kyoto

Tsuwano town

The view of Steam Locomotive Yamaguchi (runs from the castle town Tsuwano to Shin-Yamaguchi Station) crossing Tsuwano Ohashi Bridge with cherry blossoms in the background is absolutely picturesque.  Yabusame horseback archery is performed on the second Sunday of April under the cherry trees at Washibara Park.

Address: Tsuwano-cho, Kanoashi-gun, Shimane
Telephone Number: 0856-72-1771 (Tsuwano-cho Tourist Association)
Webpage: https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/221.html



A Legendary Lone Cherry Tree

[Tottori] Weeping Cherry Tree at Gokurakuji Temple

Weeping Cherry Tree at Gokurakuji Temple

Gokurakuji Temple is an old temple of Soto sect. Three statues called Yakushi sanzon are enshrined in the main hall.
Nikko and Gakko bodhisattva are the statues on either sides of the principal statue Yakushi Nyorai and are said to date back to the Fujiwara period.
At about 140 years old, the weeping cherry tree is one of the biggest trees in the Tottori Prefecture.

Address: 130 Yatsuya, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori
Telephone Number: 0858-22-1200 (Kurayoshi White Wall District Tourism Bureau)
Webpage: http://www.tottori-guide.jp/tourism/tour/view/308


[Shimane] Misumi Ohira Cherry Tree

Misumi Ohira Cherry Tree

The tree is estimated to be about 660 years old and is counted as one of the five oldest trees in Japan.
The branches are spread 24 meters from east to west, and 29.6 meters from north to south.
When the white flowers are fully bloomed, the tree looks like a small mountain covered with snow.

Address: 1257 Misumi-cho Yabara , Hamada-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number: 0855‐24-1085 (Hamada Tourism Association)
Webpage: http://www.kankou-shimane.com/ja/spot/detail/4369



There are many other tourist spots to see the cherry blossoms in San’in !




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