Sakura in Fukushima

Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan and is divided into three regions by two mountain ranges. Every year, from early April to mid-May, you can enjoy cherry blossoms all over Fukushima because of the different blooming times due to geographical features and climate in each region. In addition to these spots, Fukushima has numerous other cherry blossom viewing spots, so let us recommend some of the most popular viewing spots for you to visit in the spring.

Where to find Sakura

Hanamiyama Park(Fukushima City)

This park was opened by a farmer who grows flowers and trees, and entry is free. Approximately seventy kinds of flowers such as plum blossoms, Tokaizakura cherry blossoms, rosebud cherry blossoms, Yoshino cherry blossoms, golden bells, Japanese quince blossoms, and Hana peach blossoms bloom simultaneously to create a beautiful scene. You don’t want to miss the contrast of the flowers in the park against the snow-covered Azuma mountain range.

Season: Early-late April

Access: 30 min drive from Tohoku Expressway Fukushima-Nishi IC Get on a bus circling the Watari District at Fukushima Station on the JR Tohoku Shinkansen or the JR Tohoku Line. It is a twenty-minute walk from the “Hanamiyama Koen Iriguchi” bus stop.

*There are special bus services at Fukushima Station on the JR Tohoku Line or the JR Tohoku Shinkansen only during blossom season.

Miharu Takizakura(Miharu Town)

This weeping red cherry tree is specified as a national monument. It is one of the three most famous cherry blossom trees in Japan and is estimated to be more than one thousand years old. The height of the tree is 13.5 meters and the trunk circumference is 11.3 meters. You will be impressed by its magnificent figure when viewed from up close.

  • Season: Mid-late April
  • Entrance fee: Adult: ¥300 / Free for junior high school students and younger
  • Access: 20 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Funehiki-Miharu IC 15 min by taxi from JR Banetsu East Line Miharu Station
*There are special bus services at Miharu Station on the JR Banetsu East Line only during blossom season.

Kasumiga-jo Park(Nihonmatsu-city)

The park is a site of Nihonmatsu-jo, and it is famous for cherry blossom viewing spots. As many as 5,000 cherry blossom trees bloom and the scenery is like a dream, as if the whole castle were covered with thin red haze. It is said that “Kasumiga-jo” is named because of this reason. The place is lit up in the night during the Cherry Blossom Festival which is held from early April to early May when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

Access: 5 min drive from Tohoku Expressway Nihonmatsu IC, 20 min walk from JR Tohoku Line Nihonmatsu Station

Kannonji-gawa River(Inawashiro Town)

At this site there are Yoshino cherry blossoms planted along both sides of the Kannonji-gawa River. These rows of trees stretch for a great distance; they begin 100 meters north of Kawageta Station and continue northward for about one kilometer. The river waters turn pink from the reflections of the full blossoms and green grass around the bank to create some beautiful scenery. You can appreciate Edohigan cherry blossoms, weeping cherry tree blossoms, wild cherry blossoms as well as Yoshino cherry blossoms.

Season: Late April

Access: 10 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Inawashiro-Bandai-Kogen IC, 3 min walk from JR Banetsu West Line Kawageta Station

Weeping Cherry on the Nicchu Line(Kitakata-city)

At the site of the now-defunct Nicchu Line approximately 1,000 weeping cherry blossom trees grow and thrive. These rows of trees, beginning from 300 meters west of Kitakata Station, spread a great distance and continue for about three kilometers. It is one of Japan's largest arboretums and spectacular to behold. Also nearby, you can check out an antique steam train on display.

Season: Mid April - early May

Access: 20 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Aizuwakamatsu IC, 5 min walk from JR Banetsu West Line Kitakata Station

Baryo Park(Soma-city)

There are approximately 600 Yoshino cherry blossom trees in the park. The contrast with moat of the Soma Nakamura shrine and evergreen trees is beautiful. It is a famous place of cherry blossoms and every year there is a light up service at night. You can enjoy seeing cherry blossoms illuminated by the lights from paper lanterns at night. The rows of cherry blossom trees on the sando (road which runs from the torii to a shrine) is especially beautiful.

Season: Early - mid April

Access: 10 min drive from Joban Expressway Soma IC, 20 min walk from JR Joban Line Soma Station

Best time to see cherry blossoms

Fukushima Prefecture’s cherry blossoms tend to begin blooming from the eastern side of the prefecture, spreading across Fukushima in an M shape

There is no fixed time for when cherry blossoms bloom across Fukushima, due to the prefecture’s large size. This means that Fukushima is blessed with a long cherry blossom season; during the average year, visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms from the start of April to mid-May!