Nishi Park (西公園) is the only cherry blossom-viewing spot in Fukuoka that has been nominated for a place amongst Japan’s Top 100 Sakura spots. Its majestic Sakura trees are a spectacular sight, especially when they are lit up at night.
Keep a lookout for an area called “Sakura-dani (さくら谷)” or Sakura valley – it is filled with 1,300 trees of different Sakura varieties, which you can admire while strolling under a canopy of Sakura flowers. You can also get a bird’s eye view of Fukuoka city and Hakata bay from the different observatories located within the park.
Nishi park is also known for its historical roots, so be sure to visit Terumo Shrine which is located at the top of the hill that sits inside the park.
Taking public transportation to get here during Sakura season is best, because entrance to the park by car is not allowed between 1:00pm and 8:00am. But if you’re visiting at any other time of the year, cars are free to enter the park throughout opening hours.