The Best Springtime Sakura Spots In Ishikawa, Japan | CoolJapan

Spring in Ishikawa, Japan, is like stepping into a living, breathing postcard. Imagine waking up to sunny skies and cherry blossom trees. Ishikawa Prefecture, known for its rich history and natural beauty, truly comes alive during spring. Whether you're a fan of nature, a history buff, or just in it for some breathtaking views, Ishikawa awaits to share its springtime beauty with you.

Kenrokuen Garden

kenrokuen garden

Cherry blossoms under Kenrokuen Garden (Photo from: Kanazawa City)

Spring in Ishikawa Prefecture is only complete with a trip to Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa City, one of Japan's top three gardens. In spring, the garden is filled with sakura in full bloom, offering a picturesque setting perfect for photos, picnics, or simply to experience the beauty of the season in Japan. Kenrokuen, which translates to "garden of the six attributes," embodies the ideals of spaciousness, tranquillity, artistry, antiquity, abundant water, and panoramic views — spanning 11.4 hectares and perched next to the historic Kanazawa Castle.

Address: 1 Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, 920-0936

Noto-Kashima Station

Noto-Kashima Station

Cherry blossoms in Noto Kashima (Photo from: Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League)

Noto-Kashima Station, also known as Noto Sakura Station, is transformed by over 100 cherry trees in Spring, creating a beautiful canopy of pink blossoms. At night, the trees are illuminated - a sight so captivating that it draws visitors from near and far. Facing the serene Anamizu Bay, visitors can enjoy stunning sea views and have a relaxing picnic under the cherry blossoms in a nearby park.

Address: Sobuku, Anamizu, Hosu District, Ishikawa Prefecture 927-0039

Kurikara Park

Explore the enchanting beauty of Kurikara Prefectural Park, a captivating gem nestled between Ishikawa and Toyama Prefectures. This picturesque park, not only boasts the Kurikara Fudoji Temple but also holds historical significance as the site of the epic Battle of Kurikara during the Genpei War (1180-1185). Established in 812, the serene Kurikara Fudoji Temple invites visitors into a realm that feels like it’s been lifted straight from the pages of a storybook, surrounded by 6,000 double-flowered cherry blossom trees that bloom spectacularly in spring.

Address: Kurikara, Tsubatamachi, Kahoku District, Ishikawa Prefecture 929-0413

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle in Spring (Photo from: Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League)

During spring, many enjoy a visit to Kanazawa Castle Park to witness the beautiful cherry blossoms. Unlike anywhere else, the gardens and fields transform into a breathtaking blanket of pink and white. Consider a picture-perfect view of the castle from the iconic Ishikawa-mon Gate, a designated Important National Cultural Asset, as the traditional Japanese structure frames the scene with a cascade of cherry blossoms. Accessibility also adds to the allure of Kanazawa Castle Park. It’s easily reached by public transport and within walking distance from Kenrokuen Garden, making it a convenient escape from the hustle and bustle.

Address: 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0937

Rojo Park

Rojo Park

Scenic Rojo Park (Photo from: KOMATSU KANKOU BUSSAN NETWORK)

Rojo Park, a charming urban park built in the Meiji period (1868-1912), is home to blossoms of various varieties including wisteria, irises and azaleas. But when spring comes, it transforms into a stunning cherry blossom viewing spot that boasts about 130 magnificent cherry trees. At night, the park comes alive as visitors marvel at the cherry blossoms illuminated by charming paper lanterns, casting an atmospheric cheer. In addition to the serene Japanese garden with its circular pond and a tea ceremony house, Rojo Park offers a wealth of cultural treasures beyond its stunning cherry blossoms. Explore the Komatsu City Museum, delve into a book at the library, or admire art at the Honjin Memorial Art Museum. A public hall and primary school nestled within the park add a touch of energy to the atmosphere.

Address: 19 Marunouchikoenmachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture 923-0903

From the historic allure of Kurikara Park to the enchanting charm of Rojo Park, Ishikawa Prefecture offers unforgettable Sakura viewing experiences for every traveller.