In Japan, people commonly eat and drink sake under the falling cherry blossom leaves with friends or family.
Under the cherry blossoms
Cherry blossoms bloom beautifully in Kyushu from the middle of March to early April each year. We particularly recommend Kumamoto Castle and Akizuki Castle for viewing cherry blossoms. The fusion of historical ruins and the pretty cherry blossoms make for a wonderful view.
At Kumamoto Castle, the cherry blossoms typically bloom from around March 21 and will be in full bloom by the end of the month. Here, you can have a panoramic view of the cherry blossom trees in full bloom around the castle. The architecture surrounded by nothing but cherry blossoms is a definite highlight of the place.
In the year 1624, Nagaoki Kuroda became the first feudal lord of Akizuki Castle. He was careful about the structure of the area and thus built a town around the castle. At present, Akizuki exudes an atmosphere of “joukamachi” (meaning urban structures surrounding a feudal castle) and has a lot of lovely sceneries and historical landmarks.
At Sugi-no-baba Road which is also an avenue for Japanese cedars and was said to previously be used to training horses, around 200 sakura trees were planted and is now known as a “tunnel” of cherry blossoms during spring.
Sengan-en is a Kagoshima tourist spot you surely cannot miss. The cherry blossoms bloom here from mid-March every year. Enjoy the various kinds of cherry blossom trees here for a period of time. The vivid greenery which will appear after the blossoms have fallen can also be looked forward to, creating the perfect feeling of the arrival of spring.