Friday, March 22, 2019
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A Panoramic View of Sakura Blossoms in Kaminoyama-shi, Yamagata-ken

Located at the foot of Mt. Zao, Kaminoyama-shi thrived as a castle town and a place for travelers to rest as they traveled along the Ushu-kaido, one of the routes established to connect Edo...
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Greet the Gorgeous Pink Sakura in Fukushima’s Inawashiro-machi

Located at the heart of Fukushima-ken, Inawashiro-machi is a town at the foot of Mt. Bandai. To its south side are the clear waters of Lake Inawashiro and to the north is Mt. Bandai....
morioka castle view

Poetic Beauty of Sakura Blossoms in Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken

Morioka, a historic town at the foot of Mt. Iwate, is reachable in two hours by JR Shinkansen train from Tokyo. Maybe because it thrived as a castle town in the Edo period, the...
koriyama fukushima asaka canal

The Canal that Ensured the Future of Asaka – Koriyama, Fukushima

Koriyama's Path to Modernisation and Economic Success Koriyama, the economic center of Fukushima ken, is surrounded by abundant nature, including steep mountain ranges and the deep blue Lake Inawashiro. Stroll through Kaiseizan Park’s lanes of...
Gosen tulip festival

Sakura and Spring Flowers Compete to be the Most Beautiful

During the short spring of the Tohoku region, spring flowers race to catch up with the already blooming cherry blossoms. Once their petals begin to open they blossom all at once, giving the cherry...
Kitakami family time cherry blossom viewing

Kitakami Tenshochi: Sakura Blossom Viewing Means Family Time

Kitakami Tenshochi (Kitakami, Iwate) The Kitakami River is home to quite a few hundred-yearold Somei Yoshino sakura trees. A small hill called Jin-gaoka commands the view of a two kilometer lineup of sakura...
woodworks made out of sakura trees

Woodworks Made Out of Sakura Trees

Senboku, Akita Known as the Little Kyoto of Michinoku, Kakunodate used to be a prosperous city ruled by the Satake-kita clan. The town, featuring well-preserved samurai houses and merchant mansions, always attracts a...
Hirosaki castle cherry blossoms

Guardians of Hirosaki Sakura Trees in Aomori

Hirosaki Park Built more than 400 years ago within today’s Hirosaki Park, Hirosaki Castle is a popular place for sakura blossom viewing. Every spring, the grandeur of the castle tower is accentuated by...
cherry blossoms in Tohoku castle area

Tohoku Scenic Sakura Spots and Their Charming Caretakers

For the Japanese, spring is “the season of cherry blossoms”. This love for cherry blossoms, called sakura in Japanese, forms part of the traditional Japanese culture. This is especially true for the cold northern...

Cherry blossom season in Japan: the love of the ephemeral

Short-lived, fragile, pale pink cherry blossoms have become a symbol of Japan as the Japanese are madly in love with this season and everything it represents. It is precisely because the gentle cherry blossoms...