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Let’s go see the sakura! Nagato’s Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots

When people think of springtime in Japan, they think of cherry blossoms. One really begins to feel the arrival of spring when these pink flowers unfurl across the landscape. I think it's safe to say that the tradition of "hanami" (literally, "flower viewing"), in which people gather together to eat and drink alcohol while taking in the cherry blossoms, is unique to Japan. To help you find a cherry blossom-viewing spot when you come to visit Nagato in the springtime, we've put together a list. We hope you'll try doing your own "hanami" while you're in Nagato!

1. Tainei-ji Temple

Built in 1410, Tainei-ji Temple is one of the most important temples in the Soto Zen sect of Buddhism
The temple is also famous for it’s cherry blossoms in spring, and its foliage in autumn.
Against the vermillion of the torii gates, the contrast of the pink cherry blossoms is exquisite.

Lit up at night, the blossoms shine in even greater beauty.

See more about Tainei-ji Temple

2.Tsukimi Park

Tsukimi Park is located at the mouth of the Fukawa River.
When the cherry trees along the riverbanks here reach their full bloom, the area becomes lively with many people come to see the blooms.

With an open square by the water including a three-on-three basketball court, the space here can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

See more about Tsukimi Park(Japanese only)

3. Misuzu Park

Built at the entrance to a tunnel, this pathway park’s namesake is Kaneko Misuzu, who authored Japanese nursery rhymes from around 1920 to 1930.
The park includes trees and plants that appear in Kaneko Misuzu’s poems, as well as 6 monuments to the poetess.

The park is home to Yoko and Yoshino cherry trees.

See more about Misuzu Park(Japanese only)

4. Ojiyama Park

Kaneko Misuzu was born in Senzaki, and included in Ojiyama as one of her “Eight Views of Senzaki” with the words, “My town floats there like the sea dragon god.”

The park contains a monument inscribed with some of Kaneko Misuzu’s poetry, and in her birth month of April is visited by many cherry blossom-viewers.

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5. Omijima Cherry Blossom Country

Omijima Cherry Blossom Country is built on Omijima Island, in Shitsura Bay. Approximately 1,000 Yoshino cherry trees have been planted here, and in the springtime, the hillside facing Shitsura Bay is turned pink.

A nighttime illumination is also held every year during Nagato’s “Omijima Thousand-Tree Cherry Blossom Festival.”

See more about Omijima Cherry Blossom Country

Map of Nagato's Cherry Blossom-Viewing Spots

Cherry Blossom-Viewing in Nagato

What do you think? With so many choices, it can be hard to decide where to go…
Please use the map above, and enjoy Nagato’s many different cherry blossom-viewing spots!
Check out information on your favorite, and come visit during full bloom!