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“Cherry Blossom ”

Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom Matsuri
Ranked #63 of 446 things to do in Fukuoka
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Owner description: Maizuru Park is the former site of the Fukuoka Castle inner citadel, which bears a connection to Kuroda Yoshitaka. In spring, the Yoshino cherry trees and weeping cherry trees burst into bloom -- close to 1,000 of them -- and the Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom Matsuri is held from late March through early April. During the event season, a signal gun inspired by Kuroda's unique cannonry marks the start of the nightly illumination show. There is also a quiz rally held at the Korokan at Fukuoka Castle, exclusive openings of the Sakura Fureai Zoo, and other programs. Lastly, the Ohori Festival is a historical reenactment of a march of Kuroda's horsemen.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Fantastic place to visit during cherry blossom period. From top view of castle you can have a nice city building view with fully coverage cherry flower. And strongly suggest to take night trip to enjoy music and light show. It is really a good place up visit at this season no matter day or night.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We visit at least a few times here during cherry blossom weeks. There're 3 places which require admission after 6 PM during the festival. Each admission is 300 yen, and 600 yen if you visit all the 3 venues. (In 2016 season, there wasn't such a discount.)
Among 3, we love to see the bloom in the castle ruins and the sunset view from the top is also beautiful. We also love to take photo from the path along the moat. We prefer walking to hanami party in the daytime.

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Sakura were late in 2017, but the Festival parade went as scheduled.

You can pick up a brochure from the Tourist Information Center for all the details.

Starting at Nishi Park the parade goes down the hill and crosses the main road ending up at Maizuru Park. The star of the parade is a man riding a horse dressed in period costume and greeting everyone as he rides by. Watching him go around rather than through the old castle gate once the parade reached the park was intriguing.

We walked along with the parade, others set themselves up along the route to snap photos. Children and adults in costume and a drumming group rounded out the parade.

At the final stop for the parade, the drummers gave an excellent impromptu performance. A stage was set up in the field of Maizuru Park for presentations and several short performances including one by a young girls dancing troupe, followed by some musical offerings. A bungee trampoline attracted a big crowd in one area of the park.

Food stalls lined the parade route on the hill going down from Nishi Park and at Maizuru Park.

The festival parade was an enjoyable way to spend a morning and was an event full of local color with very few Western tourists in attendance.

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Reviewed 25 March 2017

During the cherry blossom season people all over the country are enjoying hanami. This means like blossom watching (associated with eating and drinking). I would go to hanami sites in the late afternoon when it is getting dark and people are not too drunk yet.

The trees are a hybrid called Somei-Yoshino. It came up at the end of the Edo period (mid 19th century) and was cultivated all over the country in early 20th century. In the old days people enjoyed other kinds of sakura (cherry). There are about 600 varieties of cherry trees in Japan, but nowadays almost everywhere you only see Somei-Yoshino.

One more advice for those who enjoy early morning walks. If you have to go there you should wait until all the garbage has been cleaned up.

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Reviewed 30 March 2016

It was just way too crowded, the flea market wasn't that impressive, and the smoke of the barbecues grossed me out a little. But that's just for people who are not into alike outdoor festivals. If you do enjoy having picnics and buying handmade goods and boutiques, this is the right place for you.

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