There are plenty of well-known, heavily trafficked sakura spots across Japan, but some of the best opportunities to enjoy these beautiful springtime blooms are off the beaten path. Ibaraki's Joseki Historical Park is a wonderful place to enjoy cherry blossom season, but it seems to be almost exclusively known about by local residents.
The park has a number of walking paths through it, and plenty of benches for visitors to simply sit down, relax, and appreciate the scenery in front of them. If you want a sakura spot without the crowds, this park delivers the goods.
The official dates for the festival will be confirmed on the city website closer to spring, but plan for late March to early April.
Admission to the event is free of charge.
The Joseki Historical Park can be accessed within around 50 minutes from the Tohoku Expressway's Sano Fujioka IC via Route 50. Free on-site parking is available for around 40 vehicles.
For those who are utilizing public transport, the park is around a 10 minute taxi ride (or just under 30 minutes on foot) from Yuki Station, which is served by the JR Mito Line.
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 gr...