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Sakura viewing spots expecting blossoming around April 5th
Tochigi Prefecture
Kuroiso Park
Kuroiso Park has been known as a great spot to view cherry blossoms since the old days, and is situated to the north of Kuroiso Station, by Naka River. In the city, there is Itamuro Hot Springs, Okunasu Kokumin no Mori, Mitokoya Hot Springs and other resorts. Also, since the Imperial villa is placed in Shin-Nasu, the entire area has a quiet and neat atmosphere.
 
Ibaraki Prefecture
Kamine Park
Kamine Park is a leisure park situating on the hills stretching out from Mt.Kamine. 1,000 cherry trees more than 50 years old grow in this park. From the observatory you can get a grand view of the Pacific Ocean and the mountain range of Abukuma, and there is also an entertainment park. The cherry trees along Heiwa street in the city is also very famous.
 
Nagano Prefecture
Komoro Joshi Kaikoen
From the castle ruins on a small hill, you can look out over Chikuma River and also Mt. Asama. The blossoming of 1,500 Someiyoshino and weeping cherry trees tell the arrival of spring to this inland country.
Suigetsu Park
Suigetsu Park is placed on a hill looking well out over Suwa Basin. It is a well-known cherry blossom spot telling the arrival of spring to Suwa district, and the cherry tunnel goes on for about 1 kilometer. In the surrounding neighborhood there are Akibayama and the noble Jiunji Temple, both known for autumn leaves.
Takato Joshi Park
Takato Joshi Park is the most popular place in Nagano to view cherry blossoms. The castle ruins are located on a high place looking down at the townscape, and you can get a grand view of the Central Alps as well. About 1,500 Kohiganzakura cherry trees planted 1875 put on blossoms at once and gorgeously brighten the park in spring.
Takato Joshi Park
Fukui Prefecture
Maruoka Castle Ruins
This castle looking out over the city is commonly reffered to as Kasumigajo, and the main castle tower still remains with the appearance of 400 years ago. Several hundred cherry trees are planted on the castle grounds and surround the castle with thick blossoms in spring.
Rozan Park
Rozan Park was opened on the northwest foot of Mt.Murakuni in 1922. Approximately 2,000 cherry trees grow in this park and it is known to be one of the major spots to view cherry blossoms in Fukui Prefecture. The park is crowded with many people coming to appreciate the beauty in spring.
Asuwayama Park
Kaizu Osaki is a cape sticking out into Lake Biwa and the surrounding area is famous as “Gyomu, Kaizu Osaki (morning mist of Kaizu Osaki)”, one of eight beautiful scenes of Lake Biwa. This cape has the greatest rock reef, and having the blue of the water, green and white of the background mountain with snow, a 6-kilometer-long 600 Someiyoshino cherry trees draw a magnificent landscape. The landscape is so fresh and beautiful that you can come visit many times.
 
Shiga Prefecture
Hou Park
Hou Park is known to be a cherry blossom viewing spot close to Nagahama Castle ruins. The park is spread out on the lakeshores of Lake Biwa, and the castle tower is beautifully restored. About 900 Someiyoshino grow in the park as if surrounding the castle tower.
Kaizu Osaki
Kaizu Osaki is a cape sticking out into Lake Biwa and the surrounding area is famous as “Gyomu, Kaizu Osaki (morning mist of Kaizu Osaki)”, one of eight beautiful scenes of Lake Biwa. This cape has the greatest rock reef, and having the blue of the water, green and white of the background mountain with snow, a 6-kilometer-long 600 Someiyoshino cherry trees draw a magnificent landscape. The landscape is so fresh and beautiful that you can come visit many times.
 
Okayama Prefecture
Tsuruyama Park
Tsuruyama Park is the site of Tsuyamajo, a castle founded by Mori Tadamasa, the younger brother of Honnoji defeated Mori Ranmaru. In 1900 the site was opened as a public park and today about 5,000 Someiyoshino cherry trees surrounding the stonewalls come to full blossom in spring. During the Sakura Festival season a tea house is built and a daimyo (domain lords) procession is made. The park is as crowded at night when the blossoms are lit with paper lantern light.
Gaisen-Zakurai
Shinjoson Village, in the Chugoku Mountains, is located on Izumo Way and still retains the old shadow of the former port town. The cherry trees planted along the Way was planted commemorating the victory in Russo-Japan War. You can see a beautiful lines of cherry blossoms on both sides of the road in spring.
 
Hiroshima Prefecture
Ueno Park
Shobara City located in the north of Hiroshima Prefecture is known to be a city of tombs. Ueno Park sitting on a hill on the city has a huge pond ranging as long as 4km and cherry trees grow centering around the pond. The beautiful blossoms show elegance especially at night when they are reflected on the water surface with the light of paper lantern.
 
 
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