The promise of 6000 cherry blossom trees is what drew me up to the slopes of Ogiyama, just after visiting Beppu Park. Unfortunately, it was a little bit too early in the season and a little bit to late in the day to appreciate the trees in their full glory.
*This particular spot is a little harder to get to, but can be reached by car by driving up a small road just past the Beppu Ogiyama Golf Club.
Miss out on the prime viewing window? Worry not- just head for the mountains! Between Beppu and Yufuin, there are a handful of spots that will still be in full bloom even as the petals are falling down in your town or city. Even better, you can make a day trip of it and hit up a few of them at once.