Sakura Season at the Yunoko Cherry Line

Follow the cherry-lined road for views and blooms

Late Mar
Early Apr
Venue: Yunoko Cherry Line, Kumamoto When: Late Mar - Early Apr 2022

There are plenty of beautiful parks and gardens filled to the brim with cherry blossoms during spring, but if you're after a drive-thru sakura viewing option, the Yunoko Cherry Line in Kumamoto is worth your while. The cherry line is a 5 kilometer stretch of the Yunoko Coastal Road which is packed with around 500 Somei Yoshino cherry trees, and it's such a stunning destination that it has been designated as one of Japan's Top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots.

For those who want to stop their drive and pause to admire the spectacular scenery, there are a limited number of parking spaces at Osakihana Park and Wadamisaki Park which are along the route. The best time to enjoy the sakura is typically from late March to early April.

Getting there

The Yunoko Cherry Line is located around an hour and a half drive (90 kilometers) from the central Kumamoto City area. If you're visiting via public transport, the closest station to the area is Tsunagi Station on the Hisatsu Orange Railway line.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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