JAPAN TRAVEL: Hokuto Cherry Tree Corridor is Best for Night Cherry Blossom Viewing
Hokuto, a city in Hokkaido, is best known for flower viewing at sunset.
Cherry blossom trees are illuminated at night in Hokuto City
If you want to see cherry blossoms at night, Hokuto City in Hokkaido is one of the best places to see them. This close neighboring city of Hakodate is home to a 300-year old cherry blossom tree called Weeping Cherry Tree in Houki Temple. It is considered the biggest one in Hokkaido—a favorite subject among photographers. Each spring, the corridor draws tourists for its magical springtime look as countless sakura trees bloom altogether in the area.
The 300-year old Weeping Cherry Tree
Rows of sakura trees line the walkway creating a beautiful backdrop for photographs, and it gets more romantic just before sunset when lights illuminate the trees. Illumination starts at 6:30 pm and that’s when the place looks more romantic. A leisurely stroll along Hokuto at sunset is recommended if you want to appreciate Japan’s iconic sakura trees.
Aside from the Weeping Cherry Tree, other cherry blossom spots to see in Hokuto include Hachironuma Park, Ruins of Matsumae Clan Hekirichi Jinya, and Kiyokawa’s Thousands of Cherry Blossom trees.
The city often holds cherry blossom festivals so if you wish to see these stunning trees, visit the city towards the end of April to early May.
How to go to Hokuto Cherry Tree Corridor
From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station, it takes a 5-minute drive.
Address: 1-14-13 Mukaino, Hokuto City, Hokkaido, Japan
Operating Hours: Open every day; Illumination starts at 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Admission fee: Free of charge
TEL: +81-138-74-3566 (Hokuto City Tourist Information Center)
This first appeared on Philippine Primer magazine’s January 2019 issue.