Hadano, in Kanagawa Prefecture, boasts an exceptionally long cherry blossom promenade: Hadano Sakura Michi stretches 6.2km and is lined with hundreds of cherry trees. There are more cherry trees along the riverbank in front of the Hadano Culture Park, and during the Hadano Sakura Festival these trees will be illuminated in the evenings.
But the best part is the illuminations in the mountains (well, hills really) a short hike above town. Koboyama Park, at the top of Mt Kobo (235m), has lots of sakura trees (plus, if you’re lucky, Mt Fuji views). The path running from the top of Mt Kobo to adjacent Mt Gongen is also lined with cherry trees that, throughout the festival, will be illuminated with paper lanterns.
This year, the cherry blossoms are forecast to start blooming around March 26th in Koboyama Park and peak on April 3rd.
In normal times lots of food stalls set up shop as well but that is canceled this year.
Odakyu Line trains from Shinjuku run to Hadano in just over an hour (if you catch the rapid express) and cost ¥690 each way.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.