Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

Use this itinerary to see some of Hiroshima's finest cherry blossoms.

Peace Memorial Park (cherry blossom)

People come to the Peace Memorial Park from all over the world to learn about what happened here and pray for world peace. In spring, over 300 cherry trees growing along the river come into full bloom. You can also view the cherry blossoms from the water if you book onto one of the many river cruises on offer in the Peace Memorial Park. Click for details.

  • Peace Memorial Park
  • Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima station

JR Sanyo Line (90 min.)

Onomichi Station
Senkoji Park/ Senkoji Temple (cherry blossom)

North of Onomichi Station stands Mount Senkoji and Senkoji Park. The cherry blossoms on Senkoji are recognized as one of the top 100 beautiful cherry blossom sites in Japan. From the observatory at the top of the park, visitors can enjoy sweeping views of Onomichi City and islands of the Seto Inland Sea. In clear weather, you can see the distant mountains of Shikoku.

Senkoji Temple located inside Senkoji Park is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect. According to lore, the temple was built by the famous Buddhist priest Kobo Daishi. The vermillion lacquered main hall is a symbol of Onomichi. There is also an enormous rock called "Tama no Iwa". According to legend, there used to be a gigantic glittering gem on top of the rock that served as a landmark for incoming ships. Click for details.

  • Senkoji Park
Onomichi Station

JR Sanyo Line (20 min.)

Fukuyama Station
Lunch: local cuisine of Fukuyama "Fukuyama Uzumi rice"

"Uzumi" is the local cuisine of Fukuyama. During the Edo period, commoners were prohibited from eating luxury ingredients like chicken, shrimp or other delicacies. The people of Fukuyama managed to bend the rules by burying the luxury ingredients under a bed of rice. This was the origin of Uzumi rice. The ingredients for Uzumi rice changes from restaurant to restaurant. Recently, "Sea Bream Uzumi" is proving popular among locals.

  • Fukuyama Uzumi Gohan(rice-bowl)

Walking

Fukuyama Castle Park (cherry blossom)

Fukuyama Castle was built in 1619 by the feudal lord Mizuno Katsunari. He was a cousin of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the shogun who unified Japan and established the Edo Shogunate that lasted for 200 years until 1868. It is considered one of the renowned castles of the Edo period. In August 1945, parts of the castle including the castle tower were destroyed, however, the watchtower and the iron gate survived. They were later designated as Important Cultural Properties. The castle tower was reconstructed in 1966 and opened as the Fukuyama Castle Museum, exhibiting articles and materials of successive feudal lords.
There are also 500 cherry trees in the castle grounds and thousands come to view the cherry blossoms when they bloom from late March to mid-April. They also light lanterns in the evening, so visitors can enjoy the cherry blossoms after sunset.

  • Fukuyama Castle
Fukuyama Station

JR Sanyo Line (1h 40min.) or Highway bus

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