Japan: The varieties of Sakura.
Updated: Feb 13, 2018
Yaezakura is a gorgeous flowery blossom with large layers of petals. We spotted this one at Himeji castle, but the place that is the most famous for this type of cherry blossom is Nagatoro-machi in the Saitama Prefecture, where you can take a stroll under an impressive 500 Yaezakura trees that are lined for about 4 kilometers.
These pale pink flowers, that we found in Kyoto, with a darker centre belong to the Somei Yoshino type. The Yoshino cherry blossom is one of the most popular cherry trees in Japan, that blooms in early April. The oldest,122 year old cherry blossom tree is a Somei Yoshino, and it is located in the Hirosaki Park in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture. This is the location where the cherry blossom festival “Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri” is held every year.
Read more about Matsuri festival in our post "What is Japan's Sakura Season all about?"
Yamazakura is baby pink coloured cherry blossom that only grows on trees with a trunk thicker than 1 meter in diameter. It blooms in early April and grows reddish leaf buds at approximately the same time. We spotted this one in Tokyo Imperial Palace, however theres another place in Tokyo, Akiruno City that has beautiful Yamazakura trees, the Kogonji Temple.
This weeping cherry has bloom on the drooping branches, seen from late March through to mid-April. Rumour says that the Fukushima Prefecture is the home to an a thousand year old Shidarezakura tree, located in Miharu-machi. The Minobusan Kuonji Temple is also home to a 400 year old tree that is 15 meters in height and 5 meters in girth.