Toyota City in Aichi Prefecture is perhaps best known for being the headquarters of the Toyota Motor Corporation, which is one of the world's largest car manufacturers. It's also a bit of a gem for sakura hunting, and the Toyota Tourism Association recently provided some tips on the area's best places to enjoy cherry blossom season.
If you'll be in the Aichi area during spring, these are their recommendations!
Suigen Park is one of Toyota City's leading cherry blossom viewing spots, with around 400 cherry trees planted on the banks of the Yahagi River which flows through the park. Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is available along the river, allowing an appreciation of the blossoms from a truly unique vantage point!
Suigencho, Toyota, Aichi 471-0822
Kuragaike Park is revered for being a relaxing cherry blossom destination, with approximately 1500 trees dotting the grounds. The family-friendly park also offers a small zoo, picnic areas, and walking trails, which is perfect if you want to make a full day out of your visit.
Hozawa-713 Yanamicho, Toyota, Aichi 471-0002
Aichi Greenery Center
The Aichi Greenery Center features various gardens, greenhouses, and outdoor spaces showcasing a diverse range of flora. One of the highlights during spring is the 200 meter-long promenade of sakura trees that gives off a whimsical, dreamlike vibe.
Saruta-21-1 Nishinakayamacho, Toyota, Aichi 470-0431
If you like a bit of history with your sakura experience, check out Zuiryu-ji Temple. There is a weeping sakura tree on the grounds which is said to be over 400 years old, and it has even been designated as a natural monument of Aichi Prefecture.
Terayama-3 Inabu, Toyota, Aichi 441-2513
Daian-ji Temple also has a historic cherry tree designated as a natural monument of Toyota City, and it's said to be over 180 years old. The temple is located right by the Yahagi River, which is also lined with cherry blossom trees.
13 Onosecho, Toyota, Aichi 441-2511