Higashi-Hirao Park

As the sakura (cherry blossom) season approaches each year, everyone starts wondering when they’re going to bloom. Spots famous for sakura in Fukuoka City include Nishi Park, Maizuru Park and Sanno Park, but recently Higashi-Hirao Park has been getting attention. Higashi-Hirao park is expansive and located on a hill to the east of the Fukuoka Airport.

It opened in 1981 but didn’t really have any facilities until the city hosted the 1995 Universiade Fukuoka. The grounds include a track, a soccer field, an archery range, as well as a wealth of other facilities used by Accion Fukuoka and the many regular guests to the park. The park probably became famous for its sakura as the seedlings grew and began to mature. Inside the hilly park there are 18 different varieties of sakura totaling 1690 trees in all.

The perimeter of the track is lined with misty white sakura that are rather captivating. Lamps in the park also light up the blossoms for lovely night viewing. On a spring evening, this is the place to be to enjoy the lazy bobbing of blossom-heavy branches.




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