Cherry Blossom Spots, Kumamoto Japan

Below is a list of Kumamoto's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.
Kumamoto Castle Late March to early April 
10 minute tram ride from Kumamoto Station
500 yen, 8:30 to 17:30 (until 20:30 during light up)
Kumamoto Castle is by far the city's most popular cherry blossom spot. Nearly a thousand cherry trees are planted across the castle grounds and in the adjacent public parks. Trees are lit up in the evening.
Suizenji Koen Late March to early April 
30 minute tram ride from Kumamoto Station
400 yen, 7:30 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
About 150 cherry trees stand in Suizenji Koen, a beautiful Japanese landscape garden with central pond and a grass covered, miniature replica of Mount Fuji. Picnicking is allowed in designated areas of the park.

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