Nakajima Jizozakura

Nakajima Jizozakura

In spring, this 150-year-old weeping cherry tree looks so different from one hour to the next. Viewed during the day, it is framed against a backdrop of snow-topped Azuma mountains. During the cherry blossom viewing season, Nakajima Jizozakura is lit up at night, its reflection glittering enchantingly on the surface of surrounding rice paddies.
 

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Websitehttp://www.nihonmatsu-kanko.jp/?p=772(Automated translation available)
Contact

Nihonmatsu Tourism Federation

(+81) 243-55-5122

info@nihonmatsu-kanko.jp

Best Season
  • Spring
Entrance FeeFree
Access Details
AccessNakajima 46, Harimichi, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref. 964-0202
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Getting there

By Car: 30 min from the Nihonmatsu I.C. exit off the Tohoku Expressway

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