I visited Negoroji Temple in Wakayama, a temple renowned as a cherry blossom viewing spot, on April 10th in 2011.
Any famous cherry blossom viewing spot becomes heavily crowded at this time of the year! Although Ohanami drinking parties are a lot of fun, it would be great to enjoy cherry blossoms that Japanese people love so much in a quiet, relaxing setting once in a while. Thus, every spring I can't decide where to go to enjoy cherry blossoms.
That's when I come to Negoroji Temple, which has gorgeous cherry blossoms spreading all over spacious temple grounds. The Otani River flows through the premises. I always love walking along the pathway beside the river and enjoying the petals dancing on the spring breezes.
Cherry Blossoms at Negoroji Temple in Wakayama