It is not too famous as Kyoto, but it is a wonderful city. Do you know Kanazawa?
This old town was built by the Maeda family around the 16th century. Fortunately, the city was not burned during the war.
The cherry blossoms of the famous garden “Kenrokuen” are enjoyed by local people. Of course, this is also nice in other seasons.
This is a secret, but I like Kanazawa better than Kyoto.
Shiba-Zakura(Polster-Phlox) in Chichibu
There are still a lot of beautiful place in Japan that foreign tourists don’t know. Saitama next to Tokyo is one of them. There are several attractive places in Saitama.
If you like nature, I recommend Chichibu to you. There are mountains for hiking and rivers for rafting. And if you like flowers, I would recommend Chichibu to you.
In the end of April, there is a very beautiful flower garden. The flowers are Shiba-Zakura(Polster-Phlox) They are like a carpet of colorful flowers. Japanese flowers are not just cherry blossoms.
Tips of Cherry blossom season
Japanese people love cherry blossoms! When I was working in Europe, I missed cherry blossoms of Japan.
Cherry blossoms can be seen everywhere in the Japan. There are many kinds of cherry blossoms. I like early-blooming cherry blossoms. It is called Kawazu-Zakura. These flowers bloom from the end of February to the beginning of March in the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. If you are interested in it, I can make a nice special tour for you.