أشجار الكرز في ميناماتا 水俣市チェリーライン
This long stretch of cherry trees is unlike anywhere else in Japan
With blue ocean on one side and green forest on the other, these stunning spring blossoms stretch along the Yatsushiro Sea coast and weave up the mountain via the town of Minamata.
It's one of Japan's top 100 places to see cherry blossoms
There are roughly 500 trees in the area
How to Get There
The best way to really see the blossoms is by car or bike.
You can get to the area via the Kyushu Shinkansen to Shin-Minamata Station. The closest train stations, Shin-Minamata Station and Minamata Station (on the Hisatsu Orange Railway Line), are around a one-hour walk to the cherry tree line. You can get a taxi to the area, which will take about 10 minutes or, even better, rent a bike in town to explore at your own pace.
How to see the cherry blossoms
The stunning natural surroundings make the Minamata Cherry Line one of the top places for sakura viewing during spring. Visitors can view the blooms by car or bike, or catch a glimpse from the train line, which hugs the coast. Make a day of it by visiting the relaxing Yunoko hot springs.
Cherry blossoms bloom at different times each year depending on the weather and temperature, but they usually reach their peak in the last week of March. Keep an eye on the blossom forecast to get more exact dates for your visit. Complete your visit in classic hanami (cherry blossom party) style, with a blue tarp to sit on and an extravagant picnic to share with friends and fellow blossom viewers.