Itami’s Zugaike Park (Zugaike Koen) is a favourite local spot for cherry blossom viewing, with around 600 trees of different varieties blossoming from late March into early April.
In the park you can see ten different types of cherry tree, including Oshima Sakura, Yamazakura, Shidare Zakura, and Kanhi Zakura varieties. Zugaike Park is also home to a number of ‘Satogaerizakura’ trees, saplings of which were taken from Itami to Washington DC to be planted along the Potomac River there.
Elsewhere in Itami, there are many spots to see cherry blossoms at Koyaike and Midorigaoka Parks, and along the Itami Ryokuchi (‘Green Way’) trail.
Address: Mizugaoka 5, Itami city, Hyogo 664-0017
Access: From JR Itami/Hankyu Itami station take an Ogino bound bus at stop no.1, and get off at Mizugaike stop.