Nishikoen Park is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Sendai. Just a fifteen minute walk from Hirosedori subway station, a stroll up Hirosedori Avenue leads right to Nishikoen Park. Nishikoen Park is not huge but can easily accommodate several hundred visitors. Like cherry blossom areas across Japan, come early in the morning to mark out a spot for your own picnic with friends, coworkers, or lover. Hanami flower viewing parties can enjoy a number of food stalls set up on an edge of the park. With easy access via public transportation, checking out the scene is easy at Nishikoen Park. Cherry blossoms in Sendai usually first bloom between April 10th and mid-April.
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin's over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.