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January 24, 2019 update
Photo: Chikumagawa Sakura-zutsumi (Central Tokyo & Tokyo suburbs)
Japan has four distinct seasons, and the natural scenery changes as the seasons change. So that our guests might enjoy the most popular of these seasonal onsen experiences, the cherry blossom viewing onsens of spring, we have put together a list of the famous onsen spots from all over Japan with the most reservations on our website, as well as nearby flower viewing spots and the forecasted best dates to experience them.
Being the northernmost district in the country, Hokkaido’s sakura (cherry blossoms) season is the latest in Japan. In some areas, sakura start to bloom as late as mid-May. Endowed with nature, you can enjoy sakura at apparently all onsen resorts there.
Photo:Funaoka Castle Park & Hitome Senbon Sakura
Located at the north end of Honshu, Japan’s main island, this area has many famous mountains and spots for sakura viewing.
Photo: Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
You can find beautiful sakura easily even in central Tokyo. In its suburbs, surrounded by rich natural environments, you can view sakura in a different setting.
Photo: Kenrokuen Garden & Kanazawa Castle
In famous tourist spots like Shirakawa-go, Hida-Takayama and Kanazawa, there are many onsen resorts with magnificent sakura.
Temples and traditional buildings decorated by prink sakura are exceptionally popular.
Photo: Onomichi Senkoji Park
There are many great and not-so-well-known spots for enjoying sakura and onsens in this area.
Famous tourist destinations including Oboke and Iya Gorge, as well as renowned hot springs like Dogo Onsen, are also nice spots for viewing beautiful sakura.
Photo: Nandoryo no Hyakunen Sakura
Located in the country’s southern part, you can enjoy sakura in Kyushu as early as mid-March.