10 Best Hotels For Sakura Season: Tokyo, Hokkaido, Kyoto, Fukuoka

The best, and arguably the most beautiful, season of the year should be enjoyed with the best accommodation available — all within a close proximity to the best cherry blossom views in Japan.

While it is true that one of the most important factors in determining the ideal time to sight the majestic hanami season — or better known as cherry blossom blooming season, another important factor includes the proximity to these hanami hotspots.

Nothing is more disappointing than travelling a great distance to only find out that the cherry blossoms are not in full bloom. We source for the best hotels that not only offer impeccable accommodation and services, but are located near — and sometimes even within hanami hotspots. These hotels may guarantee you full satisfaction and sights.

HOKKAIDO

1. Bourou Noguchi Hakodate

1. Bourou Noguchi Hakodate

Only a 10-minute drive from the airport, this quaint and serene hotel is also located near the cherry blossom viewing spot in Hakodate City – Goryokaku Fort Park. Boro Noguchi Hakodate is a contemporary ryokan that offers an excellent onsen experience and spacious rooms equipped with the best facilities and services. While a sleek hot-spring bath is available for common use, you will also be able to enjoy a private in-room hot spring with stunning views upon request and upgrade. The top floor lounge which consists of panoramic city views would be ideal for the hanami season as you would be able to witness the mass hues of pink from the blossoming of Cherry Blossoms in the Goryokaku Fort Park that is only four kilometres away. This famous hanami spot is also known for night time cherry blossom viewing, where visitors are able to enjoy illuminated cherry blossoms as the sun sets.
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TOKYO
Home to more than one thousand cherry trees of over a dozen varieties, Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks. As such, this park becomes one of the best places in the city to admire the cherry blossoms in Spring. Ueno Park is also another massive public park next to Ueno Station in central Tokyo. It has become one of Tokyo’s most popular and lively cherry blossom spots with more than a thousand cherry trees lining its central pathway.

Nestled in the heart of Tokyo’s business, shopping, entertainment — and not to mention main cherry blossom hotspot, these luxurious international hotels are an ideal place to experience the best of both modern and scenic Japan during the hanami season.

These hotels are all located within 5 kilometres of Tokyo’s hanami hotspots.

2. Hilton Tokyo Hotel

2. Hilton Tokyo Hotel

Japanese-styled rooms and suites at Hilton Tokyo are designed with both comfort and functionality in mind, providing an space to unwind or even catch up with work. Besides taking in the grandeur of Tokyo’s skyline from the hotel rooms, enjoy 24-hour amenities that ranges from rooftop tennis courts to soothing whirlpool spas. A delectable complimentary breakfast spread is also available at executive prices.
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3. Park Hyatt Tokyo

3. Park Hyatt Tokyo

Considered to be one of the jewels in the crown of the Park Hyatt chain, Park Hyatt Tokyo occupies the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower. With luxury rooms and suites marrying modern private residence concepts with sleek amenities and spectacular views of Tokyo, this hotel is indeed a peaceful haven atop the bustling city of Tokyo.
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4. Chinzanso Tokyo

4. Chinzanso Tokyo

An elegant garden oasis in the centre of Tokyo, rewind to a room that either over-looks the vast Japanese garden bathing in sunlight or the skyline of Tokyo. It is the epitome of tranquility amid the hustle of Tokyo’s city rush. Designed to be a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation, the hotel’s lavish furnishings and excellent service will make you feel like royalty.
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5. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

5. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

The soaring skylines of Tokyo serves as a stunning backdrop to the simplicity of the hotel’s contemporary Japanese design. Mandarin Oriental’s stylish accommodation that marries futuristic luxury with a sense of space creates a crisp, contemporary style, while offering excellent technology, a renowned spa, innovative fusion restaurants and impeccable service all in one place.
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6. Shangri-La Tokyo

6. Shangri-La Tokyo

This award-winning hotel that overlooks the famous landmarks in Tokyo — Imperial Palace, Tokyo Bay, Tokyo Sky Tree — caters to the needs of guests to the best of their abilities despite their already extensive range of services. From the attentive hotel staff in red uniform graciously escorting you from the moment you first arrive to a dip in a lavish spa based on ancient asian curative traditions and rituals at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La — savour the true meaning of indulgence at Shangri-La Tokyo.
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7. Palace Hotel Tokyo

7. Palace Hotel Tokyo

A singular, moat-side setting just across from the Imperial Palace garden, Palace Hotel Tokyo is an exquisite Japanese-owned hotel in every respect. This hotel offers hospitality at its finest with its distinctive omotenashi (Japanese hospitality). It provides international travellers with an unparalleled experience of Japan and an unfiltered celebration of the country’s culture refined with understated luxury throughout.
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KYOTO
Renowned for its massive weeping cherry trees, Maruyama Park is one of the oldest parks in Kyoto. The cherry trees are illuminated when night falls, inevitably attracting scores of people to this park. While the park is a short 15 minutes bus ride from the Kyoto Station, the vista of cherry blossoms is definitely worth the trip.

The Daigo-ji temple is also one of the prime sakura spots in Kyoto. Registered as a World Cultural Heirtage Site, more than 700 cherry blossom trees have been planted around the temple, with a garden created to complement the marvellous weeping cherry trees.

Reach these areas in no time by opting to stay in these hotels.

8. Hotel Granvia Kyoto

8. Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Highly accessible, Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building Complex itself – a hotel of choice to get around the city quickly and conveniently. It is also an home to over 1000 pieces of contemporary artwork. Elegant and deluxe accommodations with beautifully appointed guest rooms.
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9. Kyoto Hotel Okura

9. Kyoto Hotel Okura

This 16-story hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Kyoto, an ideal destination for both international business and leisure travellers. Inspired by a touch of the 1920s, the accommodation consists of supreme space richly decorated in comfortable armchairs and majestic columns. With upgraded comforts alongside continuous innovation, top-tier business and fitness facilities, The Kyoto Hotel Okura is dedicated to guests’ comfort and relaxation.
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FUKUOKA
Between late March and early April, Maizura Park transforms into the city’s most pleasant spot for cherry blossom viewing. Maizura Park is also just around the Fukuoka Castle Ruins, which becomes one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots during March and April as a wide variety of cherry blossoms bloom spectacularly with the Fukuoka Castle ruins in the background.

This is another hotel that is a manageable distance from the cherry blossom wonderland.

10. Hotel Okura Fukuoka

10. Hotel Okura Fukuoka

5 minutes away from the JR Hakata Station, this hotel has one of the best-rated locations in Fukuoka, with the provision of elegant modern space with an Asian twist in the well-designed guest rooms. Hotel Okura Fukuoka is conveniently located, with many cultural spots located within 20 minutes walk from the hotel while a diverse selection of restaurants and health club boasting its latest equipment are accessible within the hotel.
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