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Fukuoka Cherry Blossom / Sakura Guide 2022

The blossoming of sakura (cherry blossoms) is an occasion for celebration all over Japan. Between late March and early April, families, friends and colleagues come together for ohanami or “blossom-viewing” This year’s flowering season in Kyushu is expected to be on par with or slightly earlier than normal. In Fukuoka, blooming was (officially) announced on March 17, five days earlier than normal but five days later than last year.

2022 Sakura Forecast
Fukuoka Now Sakura Map (Google Map)
Viewing spots
Fukuoka City (14)
Itoshima City (1)
Dazaifu City (1)
Ukiha City (1)
Asakura City (1)
Kurume City (1)
Tagawa City (1)
Kasuya-gun (1)
Other Kyushu’s Sakura Spots (6)

2022 Sakura Forecast (as of Mar. 28)

Part of the magic of sakura is that you never know for certain when they’ll start to bloom or be in full bloom. To help you plan your ohanami with better probability, refer to this website which offers updated forecast for sakura all around the country.

• Fukuoka, sakura have begun to bloom on Mar. 17. Full bloom is expected on Mar. 27.
• Oita’s sakura have begun to bloom on Mar. 23, with full bloom around Mar. 30.
• Nagasaki’s sakura have begun to bloom on Mar. 22, with full bloom around Mar. 30.
• Saga’s sakura have begun to bloom on Mar. 19, with full bloom around Mar. 28.
• Kumamoto’s sakura have begun to bloom on Mar. 20, with full bloom around Mar. 28.
• Miyazaki’s sakura have begun to bloom on Mar. 18, with full bloom around Mar. 28.
• Kagoshima’s sakura have begun to bloom on Mar. 20, with full bloom around Mar. 31.

Cherry Blossom Forecast, さくら開花情報Sakura blooming forecast as of Mar. 28. Source.

Cherry Blossom Forecast in Fukuoka, 福岡の桜の見頃Sakura blooming forecast for Fukuoka as of Mar. 28. This chart illustrates the predicted percentage of blooms by date. Between Mar. 25 and Apr. 2 is predicted to be prime cherry blossom viewing in Fukuoka Source.

Fukuoka Now Sakura Map 2022

To help you and your friends find a place to enjoy the ohanami season, we’ve made an online map of locations in Fukuoka known for nice sakura trees.

Fukuoka City

Maizuru Park (Chuo Ward)

1-4 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: 5 min. walk from Ohorikoen Sta.
• 1,000 trees
• Fukuoka Castle Sakura Festival: 3/25 (Fri.) ~ 4/3 (Sun.) 11:00~21:00
• Illuminated on these nights (only Korokan Hiroba): 18:00~21:00
• Parking: ¥150/hour
• Public toilets: available


Nishi Park (Chuo Ward)

1-2 Ohorikoen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: 5 min. on foot from Arato 2-chome bus stop; 15 min. on foot from Ohorikoen Sta.
• 1,300 trees
• Free
• Parking: free
• Public toilets: available
*No source of ignition permitted

Tenjin Central Park (Chuo Ward)

1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: 3 min. walk from Tenjin Sta.
• Approx. 50 trees along a path next to Yakuin Shinkawa River
• Free
• Parking: ¥200/30 min. (basement parking, 7:00~23:00)
• Public toilets: available

Minami Park (Chuo Ward)

Photograph provided by Fukuoka City.

Minamikoen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: Dobutsuen-mae bus stop (Fukuoka Zoo); 15 min. on foot from Sakurazaka Sta.
• Approx. 400 trees, daytime only
• Free
• Parking: coin parking available nearby
• Public toilets: available
• Note: wear comfortable clothes to walk around!

Sanno Park (Hakata Ward)

1-9 Sanno, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: Get off at Sanno Koen-mae bus stop; 8 min. on foot from Higashi-Hie Sta.
• Approx. 13 trees
• Free
• Parking: coin parking available nearby
• Public toilets: available

Higashi Hirao Park (Hakata Ward)

Photograph provided by Fukuoka City.

2-1-2 Higashi-hirao Koen, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: Higashi Hirao Koen-iriguchi bus stop
• Approx. 1,600 trees
• Free
• Parking: free
• Public toilets: available
• Note: There’s an athletic facility at adjacent adventure forest (Otani Hiroba)

Reisen Park (Hakata Ward)

A popular spot in central Fukuoka for night cherry blossom viewing.

7 Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: 3 min. walk from Nakasu-Kawabata Sta.; 2 min. walk from Kawabata-machi Hakataza-mae bus stop
• 32 trees
• Free
• Parking: coin parking available nearby
• Public toilets: available

Atago Shrine (Nishi Ward)

2-7-1 Atago, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: 10 min. on foot from at Atago-shita bus stop; 20 min. on foot from Muromi Sta.
• 2,000 trees, illuminated at night (sunset~)
• Sakura festival: 3/12 (Sat.) ~ 4/24 (Sun.)
• Free (Atago sakura sweets for ¥100 to first 2,000 visitors)
• Parking: free
• Public toilets: available

Nokonoshima Island Park (Nishi Ward)

Photograph provided by Fukuoka City.

Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: Catch a ferry from Meinohama Passenger Terminal
• Approx. 260 trees
• Adult (HS and above) ¥1,200, ES and MS ¥600, over 3 years old: ¥400
• Parking: available next to Meinohama Passenger Terminal (¥500/day)
• Public toilets: available

Muromigawa river park (Sawara Ward)

4-14 Sawara-ku, Kotabe, Fukuoka
• Free
• Open: 24 hours
• Parking: Free (28 spaces)
• Public toilets: available

Seinanmorinokohan Park (Jonan Ward)

6 Nanakuma, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka
• Free
• Open: 24 hours
• Parking: ¥100/h (141 spaces)
• Public toilets: available

Mt. Aburayama Citizens’ Forest (Minami Ward)

Photograph provided by Fukuoka City.

855-4 Hibaru, Minami-ku, Fukuoka
• Approx. 2,000 trees
• Free
• Open: 24 hours
• Parking: normal-size vehicle ¥300, middle-size vehicle ¥1,000, large-size vehicle ¥2,000
• Public toilets: available

Hibaruzakura Park (Minami Ward)

1-5 Hibaru, Minami-ku, Fukuoka
• Free
• Open: 24 hours
• Parking: unavailable
• Public toilets: unavailable

Fukuoka Tower Sakura Illumination

2-3-26 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: Ride a bus going to Fukuoka Tower and get off at Fukuoka Tower-minamiguchi bus stop; 20 min. on foot from Nishijin Sta.
• Illumination (tower only): 3/17 (Thu.) ~ 4/10 (Sun.) 18:30~23:00
• Adult: ¥800, JHS and ES: ¥500, over 4 years old: ¥200
• Parking: 7:00~23:00 ¥100/ 2hrs
• Public toilets: available

Itoshima City

Sasayama Park 

2 Maebarueki-minami, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
• Access: Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta. (JR Chikuhi line)
• Approx. 660 trees
• Free
• Parking: free (approx. five spaces)
• Public toilets: available
• Note: Enjoy hiking and see most of Itoshima from the top of the mountain.

Dazaifu City

Kamado Shrine

Known for protecting the kimon (northeast) of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Kamado Shrine is also a popular photo cherry blossom spot.

883 Uchiyama, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka
• Access: 883 Uchiyama, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka (accessible by the ¥100 Mahorobago Community Bus from Dazaifu Sta.)
• Free
• 200 trees
• Illuminated on these nights: 3/23 (Wed) ~3/27 (Sun.): from sunset ~ 20:30
• Parking: ¥400
• Public toilets: available

Ukiha City

Shidarezakura at Hokkebaru Hanateien


• Best time to view: mid March. ~ late Mar.
2314 Yoshimachi, Tominaga, Ukiha City, Fukuoka
• 3 trees (Shidarezakura)
• Parking: Free
• Public toilets: available



Asakura City

Akizuki Sugi-no-baba

Photo: Asakura City

Akizukinotori, Asakura City, Fukuoka
• Access: Kyodokan-mae bus stop, Amagi Kanko Bus from Amagi Sta. (20 min.)
• 200 trees, along a 500 m concourse.
• Free
• Parking: ¥400
• Public toilets: available

Kurume City

Asai Ippon-sakura (Hotomeki no Ki)

The tree is over 100 years old. It is known as Yamazakura and is 18 m tall with a circumference of 4.3 m.

1151 Yamamoto-machi Mino, Kurume City, Fukuoka
• Access: 20 min. from JR Zendoji Sta.
• Open: 10:00~21:00
• Sakura light up from early Mar.
• Free
• Parking: price will be updated on the official web.
• Public toilets: available

Tagawa City

Maruyama Park

19-1 Maruyama-machi, Tagawa City, Fukuoka
• Approx. 1,000 trees
• Free
• Parking: free
• Public toilets: available


Ino Tenshoko Shrine


604 Ino, Hisayama-machi, Kasuya, Fukuoka
• Approx. 200 trees
• Free entry
• Parking: free (charges may apply on busy dates)
• Public toilets: available

Kyushu’s Sakura Spots

As a bonus addition to the Fukuoka Now Sakura Guide, we’ve listed up one no-fail sakura spot for each of Kyushu’s other six prefectures – for those venturing outside the Fukuoka city limits!

Ogi Park (Saga)

Ogi Park was selected as one of the Japan’s top 100 sakura spots, and one of Japan’s top 100 historical parks. A koi carp lake and various shrines add to the peaceful atmosphere of this magical sakura spot. There will also be nighttime illumination, including bonbori (paper lanterns).

185 Ogi-machi, Ogi City, Saga
• 3,000 trees
• Light-up: 3/22 (Tue.) sunset~ 21:00
• Free
• Parking: free
• Public toilets: available

Kameoka Park (Nagasaki)

Kameoka Park is well known for its cherry blossom trees, including somei yoshino and nidozaki zakura. Enjoy your hanami picnic with the nearby Hirado Castle turrets as backdrop.

Iwanoue-cho, Hirado City, Nagasaki
• Approx. 1,000 trees
• Free
• Parking: free
• Public toilets: available

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle is by far the city’s most popular sakura spot. The view from Sakura-no-baba Josaien is recommended.

1-1 Honmaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto
• Viewing season: Late Mar. ~ Early Apr.
• Approx. 800 trees
• Parking: ¥200 for first two hours, ¥100/hour after
• Public toilets: available
• Note: Because of the ongoing reconstruction due to the earthquakes in 2016, ohanami picnics are not allowed in the Miyukizaka Slope area. There will be a separate area for ohanami. Laying out your own picnic sheet a day in advance is not allowed.

Oita Castle Ruin Park

Sakura trees line the moat surrounding the historic castle, and the flowers reflect brilliantly on the water.

4 Niage-machi, Oita City, Oita
• 50 trees
• Free
• Parking: None
• Public toilets: available

Shiroyama Park (Kagoshima)

Take a sakura-filled walk through this park in downtown Kagoshima that extends over Mt. Shiroyama (192 m above sea level). The mountain was formerly the site of a castle fortification and overlooks Kagoshima City, Mt. Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay.

3819 Kokubukamiko-gawa, Kirishima City, Kagoshima
• Approx. 550 trees
• Open: March 9:30~17:00, April 9:30~18:00
• Closed: Mon. (open if Mon. is a holiday and closed the next day)
• Free
• Parking: free
• Public toilets: available

Darumizu Park (Miyazaki)

Located on the Darumizu Plateau at an elevation of 120 m, this famous cherry blossom viewing spot, nicknamed “Cherry Road”, has some 3,500 sakura trees of several different varieties (including somei yoshino, yamazakura, and yaezakura).

5724-1 Uryuno, Miyazaki City, Miyazaki
• 3,500 trees
• Free
• Parking: free
• Public toilets: available

Types of sakura trees – know your sakura!

Japan has over one hundred types of sakura tree, including both cultivated and wild varieties. For centuries, they have been popular for decorative use in gardens and parks. The most popular variety is the Somei Yoshino, however you’re certain to see many other varieties during springtime in Fukuoka. Here’s a beginner’s lesson to help you notice some of the characteristics that differentiate the varieties of sakura

1. Number of petals: Wild sakura trees and the majority of cultivated trees have blossoms with five petals (e.g. Somei Yoshino). However, some species have blossoms of more than five petals. These species are called yaezakura, and range from those with around 20 petals (e.g. Ichiyo) to those with up to 300 petals (e.g. Kikuzakura).

2. Color of blossoms: The blossoms of a sakura tree can vary in color from the common light pink or white (e.g. Shogetsu) to more unusual varieties with dark pink (e.g. Kanzan), yellow or green (e.g. Ukon) blossoms. Some varieties’ blossoms even change color over the course of blooming.

3. Time of blooming: We associate sakura blossoms with springtime because the majority of trees bloom in the spring months, however it is not true for all varieties. Yaezakura are usually the last to bloom in spring, around four to five weeks later than five-petaled species, and some extreme varieties bloom in late autumn and even winter!

Most common cherry tree varieties

Somei Yoshino (Yoshino Cherry)
By far the most common sakura tree in Japan, the Somei Yoshino was cultivated in Tokyo in the Edo Period. It has pale-pink, five-petaled blossoms, and its fresh leaves do not emerge until after the peak of flowering, giving it an intense appearance.

This is the most common cherry tree variety that grows in the wild, rather than in cultivation. With five slightly pink, small petals, the blossoms appear at the same time as the Yamazakura’s fresh leaves, giving it a less intense look than the Somei Yoshino.


Shidarezakura (Weeping Cherry)
These weeping cherry trees are among the most common and beloved in Japan. You’ll find two tree varieties – those with five petaled-blossoms, and those with blossoms of more than five petals (which bloom one week later).

Sakura Vocabulary

Show your expertise and impress your picnic buddies by learning some seasonal Japanese vocabulary.

Sakura / 桜 / さくら: Cherry blossoms
Hanami / 花見 / はなみ : Cherry-blossom viewing
Kaikayosou / 開花予想 / かいかよそう: Blooming prediction/forecast
Tsubomi / つぼみ: Bud
Sakihajime / 咲き始め / さきはじめ: Beginning to bloom
Migoro / 見頃 / みごろ: Best time to see
Gobuzaki / 5分咲き / ごぶざき: 50% bloom
Shichibuzaki / 7分咲き / しちぶざき: 70% bloom
Mankai / 満開 / まんかい: Full bloom
Chirihajime / 散り始め / ちりはじめ: Beginning to fall
Hazakura / 葉桜 / はざくら: Leaves


Updated in Mar. 2022.
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Seasonal Guide
Fukuoka Prefecture
Published: Feb 18, 2022 / Last Updated: Mar 28, 2022

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