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Unique Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots

Things to Do | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2022/06/27

The beauty of sakura, cherry trees, is enhanced by the fleetingness of their blooms; usually just about 1-2 weeks in late-March to early-April here in Chiba. If your trip to Japan coincides with the sakura bloom, Chiba offers a variety of ways for you to enjoy hanami, cherry blossom viewing. This article introduces three unique sakura spots to help you get started on your cherry blossom adventure here!

Sakura-no-Yama Park

Usually cherry blossoms are best enjoyed against the backdrop of a bright-blue sky. Here at Sakura-no-Yama Park, that backdrop also includes close-up views of airplanes taking off from and landing at Narita International Airport. It’s a truly awe-inspiring sight, best enjoyed lounging under the trees with your favorite snacks and drinks. The “Sora-no-Eki Sakura-kan” shopping center in the park sells souvenirs and local products so you can grab a keepsake of your trip here.

Mobara Park

If you’re looking to explore beyond urban Tokyo and Chiba on your cherry blossom hunt, head to Mobara Park, as its 2,850 cherry blossom trees earned it an appearance on the list of the top-100 cherry blossom spots in Japan. Adding to the atmosphere here is the “Benten Bridge” that crosses the pond in the middle of the park, creating a contrast of red surrounded by pink and white cherry blossoms. You’ll also find ample space to play, picnic, and stroll here too.

Kominato Railway

Photo Courtesy of the Kominato Railway

The Kominato Railway is like a trip through a countryside dream. This local, diesel-powered line connects Ichihara City and Otaki Town, but the main appeal isn’t transportation, rather the views you’re treated to along the way. In spring, the nanohana yellow flowers and vibrant cherry blossoms adorn the sides of the tracks, ensuring you’ll be facing out the window the entire ride. Along the way, Itabu Station is a popular place to stop, as it has one of the most photographed collections of cherry blossom trees on this line. Start at JR Goi Station for the Kominato Line’s first stop, and take a slow journey through Chiba’s picturesque spring.

More information about local parks for cherry blossom viewing here: visitchiba.jp/things/local-cherry-blossom-spots/

Sightseeing Spots

Sakura-no-Yama Park

A park very close to Narita Airport, this is one of the most popular spots to watch the planes taking off and landing. In the spring, you'll have the billowing cherry blossoms to complement the awe-inspiring views.

1338-1 Komaino, Narita City

(Bus from Narita Airport Terminal 2, #28 bus)

+81-476-33-3309

Accessibility

  • Handicap parking
  • Handicap toilet
  • Wheelchair rentals
  • Written communication for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair ramp
  • Breast-feeding room
  • Service dogs permitted

Mobara Park

Famous for the "Benten Pond" at the center, and extensive collection of seasonal flowers, this park is also one of the most beautiful cherry blossom spots in Chiba. The red bridge crossing the lake is a stunning sight in the pink bloom of spring.

1325-1 Takashi, Mobara City

(25-minute walk from JR Mobara Station, bus and taxi available)

+81-475-20-1548

Accessibility

  • Handicap parking
  • Handicap toilet
  • Service dogs permitted

Kominato Railway

The ride is the journey on this classic train line, putting you in some of the most beautiful countryside landscapes in Chiba. The diesel-powered train bounds along the tracks giving a different and exciting feel from an electric train. Pass by wooden, unmanned stations as you appreciate a slice of Japan's train history still running strong.

1-1-2 Goichūōhigashi, Ichihara City (Goi Station)

(Transfer to the Kominato Line from the JR Uchibo Line at Goi Station)

+81-436-21-6773

Accessibility

  • Handicap toilet
  • Written communication for the hearing impaired
  • Service dogs permitted