Saitama- Hidden cherry blossom viewing spot in Sakado city
You may have been mesmerized by countless photos on SNS that features Tokyo as the renowned spot for cherry-blossom viewing. However, I’d like to propose a lesser known viewing spot located just an hour away North of Tokyo, in the prefecture of Saitama. Sakado city prompts its visitors to avoid mainstream crowds and enjoy tranquillity under its magical cherry blossoms wings.
With quiet neighbourhoods surrounding Kita Asaba Sakura Avenue the centre of Saitama, these dainty blossoms create a beautiful walkway that stretches over 1.2 kilometres long, and there’s about two hundred trees lined by Oppe River. Nissai Sakado Sakura Festival has been held here annually to celebrate Hanami (sakura viewing) so there are tons of entertainment & pop-up food stalls available.
I recommend coming along with your family and friends for a picnic session under the full bloom. The best time to view these blossoms is from the middle of March and there are various types of cherry blossoms ranging from Yamazakura, Kanzakura and Somei Yoshino, try spotting them all! All in all, this is the perfect place to enjoy hanami and spend quality time with friends and family without the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan.
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