Of course, one of these flavors is Cherry Blossom and I highly recommend it.At Kintaikyo you can also experience “night viewing". The bridge is lit up at night and you will see many couples strolling through the trees hand in hand. On the far side of the bridge, street vendors have set up stalls selling all kinds of delicious treats from yakiniku meat skewers, to kakigori, sweetened shaved ice, delicious if you don’t mind the cold. If you want to stay the night after a hard day of flower viewing or perhaps sake tasting, then you can stay at the Iwakuni Kanko Kokusai Hotel. The hotel has a magnificent view of both the bridge, and the cherry blossoms overlooking the river. The top floor also boasts an indoor onsen, where you can relax in the bath house whilst enjoying the view of the bridge and Iwakuni Castle in the distance. If you manage to tire of cherry blossom viewing, then there are plenty of things to keep you occupied in the nearby Kikko Park. Activities range from perusing handmade pottery shops, to the “white snake museum” that showcases a famous breed of lucky white snake. There is plenty to do here long after the cherry petals have all fluttered away. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is the first week of April if you want to see the flowers in full bloom, or a week either side will also make for some picturesque views.
Hanami in Kintaikyo
Jess Williams April 9, 2018
Spring is upon us and in Japan that means Hanami. Hanami, or flower viewing, is the most popular seasonal activity practiced in Japan and for good reason. As the Sakura trees bloom for only a week or so, the fleeting nature of the Sakura makes the cherry blossoms even more beautiful. April and the Sakura are symbols of new beginnings in Japan so many companies also organize Hanami events to encourage good business relations for the year.