Fukushima City is renowned for the beauty of its spring flowers. A wide variety of flowering trees and plants means there is always something beautiful to see in spring. The city is home to many relaxing onsen, art galleries, and delicious enban gyoza. So whether you are taking a day trip or spending a few nights at a traditional ryokan, spring is the best time to visit Fukushima City!
Note: The condition of the cherry blossoms and flowers are subject to local weather conditions. The times listed below are subject to change.
Best Dates: March 28 ~ April 19
Hanamiyama Park comes to life in a sea of color every spring with a wide variety of flowers. Famed Japanese photographer Shotaro Akiyama once referred to it as ‘A Utopia in Fukushima’. The 60-minute hiking course to the observation point at the top of the park offers breathtaking panoramic views of Fukushima City. The seasonal ‘Hanamiyama Go’ bus runs from Fukushima Station every 30 minutes (500 yen return). If you feel like a nice stroll, we also recommend Bentenyama Park and Chayanuma Park (MAP) which are about 30 minutes’ walk from Hanamiyama Park. And a bit further afield is the hidden beauty of Daizoji Temple.
Best Dates: March 27 ~ April 19
Mt. Shinobu is home to over 2000 cherry blossom trees, 300 of which are in Shinobuyama Park. During the Shinobuyama Park Matsuri (March 27 ~ April 19) the cherry blossoms are lit up every night from 6:00 pm ~ 11:00 pm, and there are a range of festival booths for dinner under the blossoms. If you are there during day light hours we recommend making the 30 minute hike to Haguro Shrine to see the largest waraji (straw sandal) in Japan. Or a longer 1 hr hike to the Karasugasaki Observation Deck (MAP) for an amazing view of the city. The Momorin City Loop Bus runs every 20 mins from Fukushima Station (100 yen).
Hanamomo no Sato
Best Dates: Mid ~ Late April
The land of Hanamomo no Sato was originally used as a test facility to cultivate a wide variety of flowering trees. It currently features around 40 different species spread over 2 acres, a perfect country getaway under beautiful blue skies. Otawa Park (MAP) in near Hanamizuzaka Station just one stop from Iizaka Onsen Station. And nearby Tatenoyama Park (MAP) features the former site of Otori Castle and amazing views of Iizaka Onsen. You can also visit historic Kyu Horikiri-tei, and relax in Sabakoyu public onsen while you stroll through the picturesque streets of Iizaka Onsen.
Azuma Sports Park
Best Dates: Mid ~ Late April
Well known for the gingko trees in Autumn, Azuma Sports Park is also home to 800 Yoshino cherry trees as well as a wide variety of over 4000 other trees around the park. Combine this with a visit to Fukushima City’s Minka-en, or the Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue of Azuma Baseball Stadium and it is the perfect opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Fukushima. Nearby Jitokuji Temple is home to one of the most beautiful weeping cherry trees in the city. Jorakuen is a traditional Japanese garden that is a 5-minute drive around the corner. And the Arakawa Sakura-Zutsumi Park (MAP) on the bank of the Arakawa River is a popular spot for families to picnic under the cherry blossoms.
Best Dates: Mid-April
If you have a car and are looking for a drive through the countryside in southern Fukushima City we recommend visiting Hanayashiki Park (MAP) and Iino Entei Park (MAP) in Iino. Omorijoyama Park and the lone Hosui Sakura (MAP) are also located nearby in Matsukawa.