Hanami is the Japanese custom of flower viewing. The transient splendor of trees in bloom inspires people to come together for festivals, picnics, and strolls beneath a canopy of petals.

The Vision for the Hanami Line

In Japan and around the world, cherry blossom festivals represent the beautiful and transient nature of life. Lovely pink and white blossoms create a beautiful canopy for walking, resting, and gathering with friends and family.

In Sacramento, our earliest settlers also understood the value of trees. Their perception of trees providing beauty, shade, and countless environmental benefits can be seen throughout our dense urban forest, now recognized as one of the best in the world.

The Hanami Line at Robert T. Matsui Park offers the perfect pairing of Sacramento's centuries-old love affair with trees and our community's historic Japanese American legacy. We envision a place so tranquil and beautiful that people will travel from far and wide to visit, further inspiring pride throughout our region.

Located next to the new Powerhouse Science Center and highly visible from I-5, the Hanami Line will provide a beautiful link between the Sacramento River, Old Sacramento, and The Railyards Project.


Sakuramento is a proposed permanent cultural, environmental and artistic project designed not only to honor and observe the Sacramento region’s many ties to the people, food, culture and nation of Japan, but also to encourage an annual celebration of trees and nature. Sakuramento is being planned as an annual event targeted for March when the cherry trees will be in full blossom.

Regional business and agricultural leaders who are connected to the California-Japan economy; political leaders from California and Japan; and others interested in the relationship between Sacramento and California and the people and nation of Japan are being recruited to join the Sakuramento Committee. The Sakuramento Committee will organize the annual Sakuramento Dinner, as well as help lead the annual Sakuramento celebration.

We anticipate the Sakuramento festival attracting thousands of national and international visitors to the Hanami Line. We seek to plant at least 200 cherry trees and to install pathways, lighting, art pieces, and special historic features along the Sacramento River between Old Sacramento and Discovery Park.