Umm... this seems pretty arbitrary. Is there a generally-agreed Top 3 for Japan's Top 3, and would that be enough? Jpatokal 00:23, 24 April 2009 (EDT)
Well, with Japan, I`m sure there one could find some top three list somewhere, but I've never seen one, and I definitely don't think there would be a generally agreed upon list... Japan has a lot of top 100 lists, too, actually. Since cherry blossom viewing is one of the most popular things to do in Japan, I thought guides specifically about it could be helpful. I have a lot of cherry blossom guides for Kyoto (and surrounding areas), so I considered making a page just for that, but because this lists places all over the country, I thought it could be useful for more people.
I had wondered if it was more of a Wikipedia-type article, but in the end, these sort of lists are travel topics. I feel like this is the sort of thing that would be welcome by Wikitravel once the site has established a more substantial archive of worthwhile travel guides, but I had the same thoughts you do, so I`m not so attached to this article. If you want to nominate it for deletion, I wouldn`t be offended. (I was honestly wanting to get input prior to starting the article, but I wasn't sure exactly how to go about that, since discussion pages can only be used for already existing articles) ChubbyWimbus 01:15, 24 April 2009 (EDT)
(If by "arbitrary" you are suggesting that this list is my own personal list, it is not. It's the "official" top 100, just like the "official" Top 3 lists.) ChubbyWimbus 05:55, 24 April 2009 (EDT)
Do you have a link to the "official" list? The problem I have with this is that while a "Top 3" is nice, manageable and generally pretty much agreed on, Top 100 is way too much to be digestible (what are you going to do, visit them all?).
Incidentally, ja-WP doesn't seem to have any "top 3 sakura" lists, aside from the rather less interesting "top 3 old sakura trees" and "top 3 night sakura" lists. Jpatokal 09:11, 24 April 2009 (EDT)
I'd suggest giving the list some shape — break it down to regions, and then within each region, select a few stand-outs for detailed write-ups, with the rest listed below. Gorilla Jones 01:01, 25 April 2009 (EDT)
I certainly wouldn't expect someone to use this kind of list to see them all, but since every region/prefecture is represented, it could be used to find a good spot nearby, no matter where you are. Naturally, those who are around somewhere like Kyoto have enough options, but someone further away from the stereotypical destinations may find it more useful. There are other top 100s, such as biking trails, sounds, castles , etc. The lists appear to always be released first as books.(If you're worried that I'll try to translate all of them, don't worry. I wasn't planning on that!
The 100 list was designated by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association in 1990 and they wrote a book (I see their translation is "100 Famous Cherry Blossom Viewpoints". This isn't the site I used, but it's the official site, and they are listed there, along with other spots:
It's more of a Japan travel topic than an actual itinerary, for the reason you stated (even if someone wanted to see them all, with the short span they are in bloom for, I don't think it would be possible to do in the same year). I am glad to get some feedback, though. Look over the site and if it still seems useless, tell me. If it doesn't seem useful, I don't want to continue posting the list. ChubbyWimbus 08:40, 25 April 2009 (EDT)
I think it needs commentary to make it worthwhile — select a few stand-outs (ideally with photos). You might also give some indication as to when the sakura blossom there (early, mid, late in the season). Gorilla Jones 09:14, 27 April 2009 (EDT)
Just wanted to echo Gorilla's idea of splitting it up by regions — I think there's potential here after all. Jpatokal 12:22, 27 April 2009 (EDT)
In my opinion at least, this is a pretty neat resource, given it's translation from a primary source, and arguably related to Japan's most famous "See" attraction. Sorta wish I stumbled on it sooner: sooooo... is there any need for it to be tucked away like a sad and lonely orphan? Or should this perhaps be linked in on the top-level country page and Yoshino? Not going to do this myself, given it seems a definitive conclusion wasn't reached above and I wasn't around for the discussion, but it could be nice.Snave 07:22, 6 March 2011 (EST)
I had kind of kept it hidden for a while because I hadn't translated it completely, but I suppose now it should be linked. I added a link under "Do" in the Japan article but the attractions listed could also link from their respective articles. ChubbyWimbus 13:39, 7 March 2011 (EST)
I believe "Taihoshi" in Yamanashi is referring to what is actually Ōboshi in Kajikazawa. You can see the location here: http://goo.gl/maps/2jdMl . I've been unable to find any mention of Taihoshi in Minamikoma and it's about time for cherry blossoms in the area, so I'm going to go ahead and make the change. Milgex 02:12, 26 March 2013 (EDT)
Thank you! Highly appreciated! IBAlex 12:50, 26 March 2013 (EDT)