No one in Japan could miss the coming of spring. As the weather finally starts to warm up, sakura (cherry blossom) trees all over the country come into bloom. For many, this also means that it’s time for hanami or “flower viewing”. For hanami, family and friends will gather and have a picnic or BBQ under the trees, often drinking sake and enjoying some unusual down-time.
Kokura Castle in Fukuoka Prefecture has an abundance of sakura trees both on the castle grounds and the paths leading to it. The blossoms only last for a couple of weeks, so it can get quite crowd.
Although just as popular, Green Park (pictured below) in Wakamatsu City of Fukuoka Prefecture does not get as crowded since it is a much larger area. It was interesting to note the different shades of sakura blossoms around Japan. The flowers in Green Park, for example, are much more pink.
It’s embarrassing that my fiancée takes better cherry blossom photos than I do. The top three shots on this post are straight out of her camera and made my photos burn with envy.
Green Park highlights a multitude of seasonal flowers throughout the year, has an extensive cycling route, Several large and spacious grass lawns, a large area full of unique jungle gyms and slides, a petting zoo (featuring kangaroos), horse riding, and boating.
Below are pictures of the sakura blossoms at Chingoku Temple in bloom.