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Further information: JNTO’s Ueno info page The garden was later designated as an Imperial garden, and then as a national garden in 1949.It has been famous for its cherry trees since the Meiji Era (1868-1912), and today is one fo the most popular spots in Tokyo to enjoy the spring blooms.Beginning in early April the illuminated trees always attract scores of people.

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Constructed in the Tempyo Period (710-784), it spreads over a vast area (660 ha) of a lush and green landscape.

Herds of deer are renowned there as the holy messengers of Kasuga-taisha Shrine, and are placed under careful protection.

Flowering season: Late April to late May Access: 15 min by Konan Bus from JR Hirosaki Station to Shiyakusho-mae-koen-iriguchi. Further information: Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture Tourism Guide Kakunodate is located almost at the centre of Akita Prefecture.

The beautiful weeping cherry trees (shidare-zakura) and the classic samurai residences in Kakunodate have a history stretching back over 300 years.

The records indicate that 25 cherry trees were planted in "Nishi-no-Kuruwa" in 1715, and among these trees, Kanzan and Kasumi-zakura still bloom now in the spring.

The 120 year-old Somei-yoshino is also very popular, and is said to be the oldest in Japan, planted at the beginning of the Meiji Era.Further information: Hakodate-Southern Hokkaido Tourist Guide Hirosaki Castle Park is one of the best spots for viewing cherry trees in the Tohoku region.In this park, there is a castle with turrets and gates as a visual reminder of bygone days, which was constructed by the Tsugaru family who once ruled the whole area.The scenery from Bokyo-no-oka, a small hill in the precincts, provides special and stunning views unique to Kyoto.Flowering season: Late March to late April Access: Yasaka-Maruyama, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto / Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. Further information: Welcome to Kyoto Nara Park is a historical park surrounding Todai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple and Shoso-in Repository.The founder of the shogun government that ruled Japan over roughly 265 years from the beginning of the 17th century, Tokugawa Ieyasu, had the castle completed by mobilizing influential daimyo from all over the country.

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