February Cherry Blossoms and Nanohana with the Misaki Maguro Pass

Most people know sakura or cherry blossoms to peak around late March to early April, but these lovely flowers can actually be seen blooming as early as mid-February. Known as kawazu zakura, these type of cherry blossoms can usually be seen gracing the coastal regions of Miura in Kanagawa. What’s more is that with the Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass, you can enjoy round-trip tickets from Shinagawa to Miura, a tuna meal from one of the 32 participating restaurants and free entry to one leisure facility, too! Below are two sample itineraries you can follow when using the pass. Continue reading “February Cherry Blossoms and Nanohana with the Misaki Maguro Pass”

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Chasing Cherry Blossoms: A Gallery

When is the best time to see cherry blossoms? Where are the best spots to see them? These are two of the most common questions I get from people eager to visit Japan.

The truth is, even for people living in the country, finding the best time and place to see cherry blossoms can be tricky. Forecasts can only predict as much, and if you’re only free on weekends, chances are the places you visit will be packed with (drunk) people.

Of the five years I’ve been Japan, this year was first time I’ve made considerable effort in checking out as many places in Kanto as I could, given the limited time and resources. Below is a gallery featuring the spots I visited.

Otonashi Water Park /音無親水公園 (Oji, Tokyo)

Located near the city hall, Otona Water Park is among the relatively quieter spots to enjoy cherry blossoms. Perhaps this is because the more popular and more spacious Asukayama Park is close by. I personally love the way the branches lean towards the wooden bridge. The spot always makes for good pictures.

Access: JR Keihin Tohoku Line Oji Station/Toden Arakawa Line Oji Ekimae Station/Google Maps URL Continue reading “Chasing Cherry Blossoms: A Gallery”