10 Popular Japanese Sakura Songs

sakura songs

Hi there, it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Do you know what Sakura is? Well, it is cherry blossom, also a popular girls’ name and songs! I am going to introduce 10 popular Japanese Sakura songs this time.

Actually many graduation songs involve Sakura in the lyrics as well. I shall exclude ones that I already introduced in the previous posts.

Seasonal songs

10 Popular Japanese Sakura Songs
Top Japanese Spring Songs
New Japanese Graduation Songs
11 Classic Japanese Graduation Songs
Top Japanese Rain Songs

Popular Japanese Summer Songs

Top 5 Popular Japanese Christmas Songs
Top 5 Popular Japanese Christmas Songs part 2



10 Popular Japanese Sakura Songs

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Sakura Sakura

Released year: unknown

This is likely the oldest sakura song of all time. I suppose you may be more familiar with this version by the Koto instrument played in Japanese restaurants.



With vocal.


Yozakura Oshichi by Fuyumi Sakamoto

Released year: 1994

This is an Enka song but I find it neat that it stars with a slow tempo then a change of rhythm. It’s totally rock!


Cherry by Spitz

Released year: 1996

A semi-folk band from the 90s. I think we sang it at the graduation in Jr. high.


Sakura-zaka by Masaharu Fukuyama

Release: 2000

One of the biggest hits all time. Not so catchy or pop but perhaps people liked its calm sound…



SAKURA Drops by Hikaru Utada

Released year: 2002

A super popular singer from the late 90s. This is her rather early songs and also one of her biggest hits. It doesn’t seem to relate to Sakura much but still is considered a Sakura song.


Sakura by Kawanishi Kyogo

Released year: 2003

A very typical one-hit wonder from the early 2000’s. It spread through the radio chart.


Sakura Iro Maukoro by Mika Nakashima

Released year: 2005

Sounds classy. I suppose this kind of songs are preferred for the textbooks.


Sakura by Ketsumeishi

Released year: 2005

A sakura song by a (pop) HIP-HOP group from the early 2000’s. This song turned out their biggest hit. It isn’t as classy as other sakura songs but very catchy.




Released year: 2007

One of YUI’s hit songs. It’s very catchy & pop.



SAKURA by Ikimonogakari

Released year: 2007

This song is Ikimonogakari’s debut song. As they got known, this song turned out one of their popular songs.




How do you find it? I now feel seasons are very much attached to J-POP. Spring (sakura, graduation), summer (fireworks), and winter (Christmas). Not sure of autumn songs though.

See you around!

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Be a Coffee Master at UCC Coffee Museum in Kobe

ucc coffee museum

Hello, it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Do you like coffee? I and Ren (Mrs. Wada) do drink quite a bit. This time we visited UCC Coffee Museum in Kobe City so I thought I should share our experience with you.

About UCC Coffee Museum

UCC Coffee is a Japanese coffee company that invented the very first canned coffee. It also runs some cafes over the country. The museum is located in an artificial island in Kobe City.

ucc coffee museum



It’s accessible by car or by a train called Port Liner. The museum is in front of the Minami Koen Port Liner Station (10 minutes from Kobe Station).


Adults Seniors (Over 65) Under 18
300 yen 150 yen Free


Business Hours

10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:30)
Closed on Mondays and during New Year’s holiday.


Contact Number



Inside UCC Coffee Museum

Tasting Section

Admission fee comes with two tasting cups of different coffee. Take time to focus and taste the difference of the two. Beans vary every day.

ucc coffee museum tasting




UCC’s history began with the founder, Tadao Ueshima, who invented canned coffee.









Quiz to become a Coffee Master

ucc coffee museum

There’s a quiz section where you can test how much you have learned about coffee (available in several languages). Answer all the questions correctly and you’ll get a certificate. This certificate allows you a free admission for a year! No worries, all answers are at the exhibitions. Take your time.



How do you find it? It was more fun than I expected. By the way, if your budget allows, there’s a great Kobe beef restaurant nearby. There are also reasonable places like convenience stores and cafes in the area. Since we’ve got the free tickets (certificates), we might be going back sometime.

See you around!

Reference: UCC Coffee Museum