Tohoku Sakura Dream Road: 21 of the Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Northeastern Japan

If you're visiting Japan in April and May, consider yourself lucky--you can catch some of Japan's best cherry blossoms. There are 88 flower-viewing spots located on the Tohoku Sakura Dream Road which takes cherry blossom enthusiasts through Fukushima, Miyagi, Yamagata, Iwate, Akita, and Aomori prefectures--here are 21 which are sure to impress!

Tohoku Sakura Dream Road: 21 of the Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Northeastern Japan

Fukushima > Miharu

The Miharu Takizakura Cherry

The Miharu Takizakura Cherry

Best time to see: Mid to late April

A weeping cherry tree that is over 1,000 years old. In full bloom, it looks like a waterfall of blossoms.

Fukushima > Koriyama

The Benishidare Jizo-zakura Cherry

The Benishidare Jizo-zakura Cherry

Best time to see: Mid to late April

The large, deeply-colored drooping cherry tree is a sight to behold. This weeping cherry is said to be the child of the Miharu Takizakura cherry.

Fukushima > Aizuwakamatsu

Tsuruga Castle Park

Tsuruga Castle Park

Best time to see: Mid to late April

1,000 cherry trees decorate Tsuruga Castle, a symbol of the Aizu area. The mystical sight of the blossoms in the evening make nighttime viewing great fun.

Fukushima > Nihonmatsu

Gassen-no-Shidare-zakura, "The Battlefield Weeping Cherries"

Gassen-no-Shidare-zakura,

Best time to see: Mid to late April

Two amazing weeping cherry trees said to be the grandchildren of the Miharu Takizakura cherry.

Fukushima > Fukushima

Hanamiyama, the "Flower-viewing Mountain"

Hanamiyama, the

Best time to see: Mid to late April

A mountain filled with cultivated flowers and trees, known as the "Shangri-La of Fukushima"

Miyagi > Ogawara

Shiraishi River Dike: View of 1,000 Cherry Trees

Shiraishi River Dike: View of 1,000 Cherry Trees

Best time to see: Mid April

A magnificent tunnel of cherry blossoms running eight kilometers along the Shiraishi River.

Miyagi > Shiogama

The Shiogama-zakura Cherry at Shiogama Shrine

The Shiogama-zakura Cherry at Shiogama Shrine

Best time to see: Late April to Early May

The Shiogama-zakura is also used in the shrine's crest. It is a legendary cherry blossom that has been the subject of songs since ancient times

Miyagi > Matsushima

Saigyo-Modoshi-no-Matsu Park

Saigyo-Modoshi-no-Matsu Park

Best time to see: Mid April to Early May

The top point overlooking the Matsushima's exquisitely scenic area, visited by the famed Zen monk Saigyo on his historic journey through Japan in the 12th century.

Yamagata > Oguni

The Lone Cherry of Taruguchi Pass

The Lone Cherry of Taruguchi Pass

Best time to see: Late April to Early May

A solitary cherry tree blossoms in the lingering snow near the top of a deep mountain pass.

Yamagata > Yamagata

The large wild cherries of Nishizaoho Farm

The large wild cherries of Nishizaoho Farm

Best time to see: Mid to late April

A group of large wild cherry trees blossoming on verdant pastures with snowy mountains in the background.

Yamagata > Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka Park

Tsuruoka Park

Best time to see: Late April to Early May

The cherry trees in Tsuruoka Park have been used for movie scenes and are the earliest-blooming cherries in the prefecture.

Yamagata > Yuza

Araizawa River Cherry Tree Row

Araizawa River Cherry Tree Row

Best time to see: Mid to late April

A row of cherry trees with a nostalgic atmosphere along a river flowing at the foot of Mt. Chokai.

Iwate > Kitakami

Kitakami Scenic Area

Kitakami Scenic Area

Best time to see: Late April

A row of old Yoshino cherry trees stretches for two kilometers along the Kitakami River.

Iwate > Shizukuishi

The Lone Cherry of Koiwai Farm

The Lone Cherry of Koiwai Farm

Best time to see: Mid to late April

A solitary cherry tree blossoms in a pasture against a backdrop of the lingering snow on Mt. Iwate.

Iwate > Miyako

The Lone Cherry of Kamegamori Farm

The Lone Cherry of Kamegamori Farm

Best time to see: Late April to Early May

A single giant cherry tree soaring above an high-altitude pasture.

Akita > Yuzawa

The Weeping Cherry of Oshira-sama

The Weeping Cherry of Oshira-sama

Best time to see: Early to mid May

A beautiful 200-year-old weeping cherry tree well-cherished by locals.

Akita > Semboku

Kakunodate Samurai District

Kakunodate Samurai District

Best time to see: Late April to Early May

Lovely weeping cherry blossom branches hug the edges of historical buildings that were once samurai residences.

Akita > Semboku

Hinokinai River Dike

Hinokinai River Dike

Best time to see: Mid April to Early May

Runs for a very scenic two kilometers along the Hinokinai River.

Akita > Ogata

Sakura and Rapeseed Road

Sakura and Rapeseed Road

Best time to see: Mid April to Early May

Rows of cherry trees stretching as far as the eye can see, contrasting beautifully with rapeseed flowers and pine trees.

Aomori > Goshogawara

Ashino Park

Ashino Park

Best time to see: Late April to Early May

A nature park featuring water, greenery and cherry blossoms, visited by famous Japanese author Osamu Dazai in his younger days.

Aomori > Hirosaki

Hirosaki Park

Hirosaki Park

Best time to see: Late April to Early May

2,600 cherry trees in 52 varieties color the castle ruins: the perfect cherry blossom-viewing site for the finale of a Tohoku spring celebration.

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