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!
Fukushima > Miharu
A weeping cherry tree that is over 1,000 years old. In full bloom, it looks like a waterfall of blossoms.
Fukushima > Koriyama
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
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
Two amazing weeping cherry trees said to be the grandchildren of the Miharu Takizakura cherry.
Fukushima > Fukushima
A mountain filled with cultivated flowers and trees, known as the "Shangri-La of Fukushima"
Miyagi > Ogawara
A magnificent tunnel of cherry blossoms running eight kilometers along the Shiraishi River.
Miyagi > Shiogama
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
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
A solitary cherry tree blossoms in the lingering snow near the top of a deep mountain pass.
Yamagata > Yamagata
A group of large wild cherry trees blossoming on verdant pastures with snowy mountains in the background.
Yamagata > Tsuruoka
The cherry trees in Tsuruoka Park have been used for movie scenes and are the earliest-blooming cherries in the prefecture.
Yamagata > Yuza
A row of cherry trees with a nostalgic atmosphere along a river flowing at the foot of Mt. Chokai.
Iwate > Kitakami
A row of old Yoshino cherry trees stretches for two kilometers along the Kitakami River.
Iwate > Shizukuishi
A solitary cherry tree blossoms in a pasture against a backdrop of the lingering snow on Mt. Iwate.
Iwate > Miyako
A single giant cherry tree soaring above an high-altitude pasture.
Akita > Yuzawa
A beautiful 200-year-old weeping cherry tree well-cherished by locals.
Akita > Semboku
Lovely weeping cherry blossom branches hug the edges of historical buildings that were once samurai residences.
Akita > Semboku
Runs for a very scenic two kilometers along the Hinokinai River.
Akita > Ogata
Rows of cherry trees stretching as far as the eye can see, contrasting beautifully with rapeseed flowers and pine trees.
Aomori > Goshogawara
A nature park featuring water, greenery and cherry blossoms, visited by famous Japanese author Osamu Dazai in his younger days.
Aomori > Hirosaki
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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