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2024 Ultimate Guide to Japan's Cherry Blossom Season: Stay Connected with a Japan eSIM

Mar 01,2024 | Matrix

Table of contents

  1. Brief introduction to the cherry blossom season in Japan
  2. Lesser-Known Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan
  • Shiroishigawa Tsutsumi Park in Miyagi Prefecture
  • Takada Castle Site Park in Niigata Prefecture
  • Nagatoro in Saitama Prefecture
  • Izumi Nature Park in Chiba Prefecture
  • Senkoji Park in Hiroshima Prefecture
  • Kintaikyo Bridge in Yamaguchi Prefecture
  1. Why ByteSIM is Your Ideal Travel Partner
  2. How to Enjoy Cherry Blossom Season with ByteSIM
  3. Frequently asked questions about SIM cards for the Japan

Brief introduction to the cherry blossom season in Japan

Tired of the same old cherry blossom scenes at Kyoto's Arashiyama and Osaka's Mint Bureau? We've handpicked a selection of Japan's less Instagram-famous spots for "hanami" (flower viewing), inviting you on a refreshing and unique cherry blossom journey!

2024 Forecast of flowering and full bloom dates for each area

[6th forecast announced on February 29, 2024]


Forecasted flowering date

Flowering deviation (days)

Forecasted full bloom date

Full bloom deviation (days)

Flowering date in average year

Sapporo 4/30 -1 5/4 -2 5/1
Aomori 4/17 -5 4/22 -4 4/22
Sendai 4/3 -5 4/9 -4 4/8
Tokyo 3/22 -2 3/29 -2 3/24
Kanazawa 3/30 -4 4/6 -2 4/3
Nagano 4/4 -7 4/10 -6 4/11
Nagoya 3/19 -5 3/29 -4 3/24
Kyoto 3/22 -4 3/31 -4 3/26
Osaka 3/24 -3 4/1 -3 3/27
Wakayama 3/22 -2 3/30 -4 3/24
Hiroshima 3/22 -3 4/1 -2 3/25
Kochi 3/18 -4 3/27 -3 3/22
Fukuoka 3/21 -1 3/30 -1 3/22
Kagoshima 3/30 4 4/9 4 3/26

Flowering Meter

Lesser-Known Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan

Forget the crowded views and embrace the tranquility of Japan's hidden cherry blossom sites. Here's where ByteSIM takes you in 2024:

Shiroishigawa Tsutsumi Park, Miyagi Prefecture

  • Address: Ogawara-machi, Shibata District, Miyagi Prefecture, along the Shiroishi River banks.
  • Transportation: A 3-minute walk from Ogawara Station on the Tohoku Main Line.

As April begins, witness the extraordinary beauty of "snow mountain cherry blossoms" under the snow-capped peaks of the Zao Mountains. Over a thousand cherry trees stretch along an 8-kilometer expanse beside the Shiroishi River, offering a rare blend of snowy landscapes and vibrant cherry blossoms. By night, lanterns hung on the trees illuminate the blossoms, creating an enchanting evening scene.

Takada Castle Site Park, Niigata Prefecture

  • Address: 44-1 Honjo-machi, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture.
  • Transportation: About a 20-minute walk from Takada Station, accessible via the Shinetsu Main Line from Nagano Station.

Renowned as one of Japan's top three sites for nighttime cherry blossom viewing, the park's 4,000 cherry trees are lit by 3,000 paper lanterns, creating a stunning spectacle alongside the illuminated Takada Castle. The "Takada Castle Site Park Cherry Blossom Viewing" event is a feast for the senses, offering traditional tea ceremonies, street food stalls, and cultural performances.

Nagatoro, Saitama Prefecture

  • Address: Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu District, Saitama Prefecture.
  • Transportation: From Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line, transfer to the Chichibu Railway and get off at Nagatoro Station.

This picturesque town becomes enveloped in cherry blossoms each spring, with two stunning cherry blossom tunnels—North and South Sakura Streets—and the weeping cherries at Hodosan Shrine. For a unique view, take the cable car up Mount Hodo for a panoramic vista of the blossoms below.

Izumi Nature Park, Chiba Prefecture

  • Address: 108 Noryo-machi, Wakaba Ward, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture.
  • Transportation: From Chiba Station, take the FLOWER BUS towards either Narita Station or Nakano Depot, alighting at "Izumi Koen Iriguchi" stop, then a 10-minute walk.

Spanning 43 hectares, this vast park is a tranquil spot for cherry blossom admirers. With 1,500 cherry trees of 20 different varieties, visitors can enjoy a longer blooming season. The park's open spaces and rare wildlife offer a peaceful retreat, complemented by a nearby 10-kilometer-long cycling path.

Senkoji Park, Hiroshima Prefecture

  • Address: 19-1 Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture.
  • Transportation: A 15-minute walk from Onomichi Station, or take the Senkoji Ropeway for a scenic route up the hill.

Perched on a hillside, this park offers a stunning view of cherry blossoms with the Seto Inland Sea as a backdrop. The ancient Senkoji Temple, surrounded by layers of cherry blossoms, adds to the area's charm. The climb up through the blossoms or a ride on the ropeway offers a breathtaking perspective of this scenic beauty.

Kintaikyo Bridge, Yamaguchi Prefecture

  • Address: Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, near the Nishiki River.
  • Transportation: A 20-minute bus ride from Iwakuni Station on the JR Sanyo Main Line.

The iconic Kintaikyo Bridge, with its elegant arches, is a spectacle in itself but becomes even more magical during cherry blossom season. Flanked by about 3,000 cherry trees, the bridge and its reflection in the Nishiki River, especially when illuminated at night, create a poetic scene that's truly unforgettable.

Why ByteSIM is Your Ideal Travel Partner

In these lesser-known locales, staying connected is key. ByteSIM's Japan eSIM technology offers:

  • Unlimited Data: Share your sakura moments in real-time without worrying about data limits.
  • Extensive Coverage: With ByteSIM's eSIM, cover Japan's top three carriers—Softbank, KDDI, and NTT Docomo—ensuring robust signals nationwide, from secluded parks to bustling cities.
  • 5G Speeds: In areas where 5G is available, experience lightning-fast internet, perfect for uploading high-quality photos and videos.
  • Competitive Pricing: With plans designed for international travelers, stay connected without breaking the bank.
  • Flexible Options: Choose a plan that suits your trip, whether it's a short visit or an extended stay.

The overall experience scores for Japan's major carriers are as follows:

How to Enjoy Cherry Blossom Season with ByteSIM

The cherry blossom season in Japan is a time of unparalleled beauty, attracting visitors from around the globe. ByteSIM's eSIM card is the perfect companion for anyone looking to enhance their sakura viewing experience. Here are some practical tips on how to make the most of your trip with ByteSIM:

Finding Less Crowded Spots

  • Utilize Mapping Apps: With unlimited data from ByteSIM, you can use mapping apps to discover hidden cherry blossom gems that are off the beaten path. Look for parks and riverbanks in smaller towns and rural areas that might not be as crowded as the popular spots in big cities.
  • Social Media and Local Forums: Use social media platforms and local Japanese forums to find recommendations for lesser-known cherry blossom spots. With ByteSIM's eSIM, staying updated on the go is effortless, allowing you to find the perfect spot for a peaceful hanami.

Navigating to Remote Locations

  • Real-Time GPS Navigation: The convenience of having a reliable data connection means you can use GPS apps to navigate to remote cherry blossom viewing locations without the fear of getting lost. Whether you're heading to a secluded park or a distant city, ByteSIM ensures you have the guidance you need.
  • Downloading Offline Maps: Before heading out, download offline maps of the area you're visiting. Even though ByteSIM offers extensive coverage, having a backup in the form of offline maps ensures you're prepared for any situation.
  • Transportation Apps: Leverage Japan's comprehensive public transportation system with apps that provide real-time schedules, station information, and route options. ByteSIM's data allows you to access these apps on the move, making travel between cities and remote areas seamless.

Staying Connected with Loved Ones

  • Instant Photo and Video Sharing: Share your cherry blossom experiences in real time with friends and family back home. ByteSIM's high-speed data enables you to upload photos and videos to social media or send them through messaging apps without delay.
  • Video Calls Amidst the Blossoms: What's better than showing your loved ones the beauty of the cherry blossoms? Doing it live through a video call. With ByteSIM, you can make high-quality video calls from even the most remote cherry blossom spots, sharing the moment as if they were there with you.
  • Stay Safe and Informed: Keep in touch with your travel companions and stay informed about local health and safety guidelines. Real-time access to news and communication apps ensures you can adjust your plans as needed and keep everyone informed and safe.

By leveraging the flexibility and connectivity offered by ByteSIM's eSIM card, you can elevate your cherry blossom viewing experience to new heights. From uncovering hidden spots to sharing those precious moments with loved ones in real-time, ByteSIM ensures that your journey through Japan's sakura season is as smooth and connected as possible. For specific instructions on how to use eSIM with different phone models, please refer to ByteSIM's help section.

Frequently asked questions about SIM cards for the Japan

Q1: Do I need a physical SIM card to use my phone in Japan?

A1: Not necessarily. With the advent of eSIM technology, many smartphones now support digital SIM cards, allowing you to activate a cellular plan without the need for a physical SIM. ByteSIM offers eSIM services specifically designed for travelers to Japan, providing a convenient and hassle-free way to stay connected.

Q2: Can I use my current mobile number with an eSIM in Japan?

A2: While using an eSIM in Japan, your current mobile number will not be active on the eSIM. Instead, you will use a temporary number provided by the eSIM service. However, apps like WhatsApp can continue to use your original number for identification purposes.

Q3: Is unlimited data really necessary for traveling in Japan?

A3: While not strictly necessary, having unlimited data can significantly enhance your travel experience. From navigating unfamiliar streets to finding the best local eats and translating Japanese text, unlimited data ensures you can do all this and more without worrying about overage charges.

Q4: How do I install an eSIM on my device?

A4: Installing an eSIM is straightforward. Once you purchase an eSIM plan (like those offered by ByteSIM), you will receive a QR code. Simply scan this code with your smartphone, and follow the on-screen instructions to activate your eSIM. Ensure your device is eSIM-compatible and unlocked.

Q5: Will an eSIM work everywhere in Japan?

A5: eSIMs from reputable providers like ByteSIM are designed to offer extensive coverage, including in remote areas of Japan. However, as with any mobile service, there may be some limitations in extremely rural or isolated locations.

Q6: Is my phone compatible with an eSIM?

A6: To check if your phone is compatible with an eSIM, please visit ByteSIM's list of eSIM compatible devices. This page provides a comprehensive list of smartphones and devices that support eSIM technology, ensuring you can enjoy seamless connectivity with ByteSIM during your travels.