Nagoya During Cherry Blossom – Simply Stunning

I’m going to save the last of my Travel Essential series to a later post. Instead, I’m going to share a trip I took several months ago.  I was organising some pictures of my travels and came across my trip to Nagoya, Japan. I went during Cherry Blossom season. The weather has been quite unstable here in Hong Kong and looking at those really cheered me up.

The city of Nagoya (名古屋市) is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is located in eastern part of Japan. It is Japan’s third largest metropolitan city, after Tokyo and Osaka. Now one of the major Japanese ports, Nagoya was a target city for US raids during World War II.

It was my second time to the city, but I considered it to be my first because my initial visit was a quick overnight visit for business, so I didn’t see much of the city. All I did that gave me a taste of the city was the food. I did a post about it earlier. This time, I went for holiday and spent a week there and can really explore.

I’ve always heard amazing things about Cherry Blossom season – how beautiful and romantic it is, particularly in Japan. There are many destinations that have Cherry Blossoms, but Japan is the most famous to view. It so happened my Nagoya trip matched. It wasn’t intentional because even though the annual Cherry Blossom forecast by Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) is usually pretty accurate, one never knows. This year (2015), the forecast was from March 21 to March 30 and I was there from April 3 to April 9. I didn’t set any expectations.

Nagoya Castle is one of the ‘must see’ attractions. Knowing that it’s an outdoor attraction, I checked the weather. The forecast during my visit only showed the Saturday being sunny, so Nagoya Castle it is! There was a shuttle bus from Nagoya station and my hotel was right above it – how convenient! I thought the shuttle would be full of international tourists, but in fact, it was packed with Japanese tourists!

The view I saw when I got off the shuttle near Nagoya Castle
My view when I got off the shuttle near Nagoya Castle

I’m not going to bore you with the history of Nagoya Castle. For those who are interested, here’s the official website of the attraction. Every major Japanese city has its own symbolic castle.  Each castle usually sits atop a walled barricade so that Shoguns or leaders of the area is protected.

Entrance to Nagoya Castle
Entrance to Nagoya Castle
Path leading to the doors of Nagoya Castle
Path leading to the doors of Nagoya Castle

I must say, I’m so glad I was able to visit the castle during Cherry Blossom season. It’s hard to describe the beauty of it – it was simply stunning. When the wind blows, the Cherry Blossom leaves fall like snow. It’s quite surreal.

Locals enjoying their Saturday under Cherry Blossom tress
Locals enjoying their Saturday under Cherry Blossom tress
View of the Castle
View of the Castle
Local drummers perform traditional tunes
Local drummers perform traditional tunes
Cherry Blossoms everywhere
Cherry Blossoms everywhere
There were a lot of future bride and grooms taking advantage of the beautiful scenery. I captured this future bride posing under one of the Cherry Blossom trees
There were a lot of future bride and grooms taking pre-wedding photos. I captured this future bride posing advantage of the beautiful scenery under one of the Cherry Blossom tree

I could stay under the Cherry Blossom all day, but I wanted to explore the castle especially inside. The castle has four stories, each level showcasing the castle’s history. It was really fascinating.

Nagoya Castle and its surroundings, back in the day
Nagoya Castle and its surroundings, back in the day

Once I reached to the top of the castle, the weather changed and was overcast. I was so lucky to have experienced Cherry Blossom on a clear sunny day, although overcast also has its charm.

View from the highest point in Nagoya Castle
View from the highest point in Nagoya Castle

I highly recommend visiting during Cherry Blossom season. It was indeed spectacular and romantic. That’s one checked off my bucket list!

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6 comments

  1. Beautiful photos! I caught the last couple of days of cherry blossom season in Tokyo a couple of years ago, and although it was still spectacular, I think you timed your visit to Nagoya better! Thanks for sharing 😃

    • Yes! I you have a chance to go anywhere that has Cherry Blossoms, even if it’s not as dramatic as Japan, it’s still worth it! Thanks for checking out my post! Hope you enjoyed it!

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