Between early April to early May, the springtime cherry blossoms of the Tohoku Region come alive with their gentle, pink resplendence. This week-long tour of the region takes you to some of the best sites in Tohoku, and arguably the country, for viewing the blossoms.
The best way of experiencing Tohoku’s hanami is by getting to Fukushima city first. This is the perfect gateway and from there you will be moving towards rest of the prefectures of the Tohoku region. If you decide to come from Tokyo then take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen and get off at Fukushima Station.Hop on the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station in the morning and hopefully when you arrive at Fukushima Station, you will still have plenty of time for sightseeing in the city.The first destination for the day will be Hanamiyama Park. This is an ideal place start off your trip to Tohoku. Opened to the public in 1959, Hanamiyama Park is an amazing place to witness tons of spring flowers of different kinds. The surroundings of the park are also pretty eye-catching as you will see snow-capped Azuma Mountains in the distance. Spend most of your time in the park by taking a stroll through the walking trails and enjoy the surrounding scenic beauty along with glorious cherry blossoms display.
For day two, your first destination shall be Miharu Takizakura. It is a thousand years old weeping cherry tree, located in a remote town called Miharu. Hop on the Tohoku Shinkansen, and get off at Koriyama Station. From there you take a train to Miharu Station along the Ban-Etsuto Line. Afterwards, you get on a seasonal bus to The Miharu Takizakura. This is a temporary bus only operated between Miharu Station and the Miharu Takizakura during the peak of the sakura season. After spending an hour or two, head over to Fukushima Station. Take a taxi to Shinobuyama Park, it will be a quick ride and the last hanami spot to visit in Fukushima before you get to Yamagata city this evening. Located on a forested hill, Shinobuyama is a large public park in Fukushima city with many sakura trees. You can even enjoy a breathtaking view over the city from its observation decks.After spending a few hours in the park, get ready to head towards Yamagata city from Fukushima station. Enjoy the ride to Yamagata Station by Yamagata Shinkansen, which will take only 70 minutes.
You will visit Kajo Park to see amazing display of cherry blossoms. In fact, this is the top hanami spot in the whole Yamagata prefecture. Also visit Yamadera temple is a sacred place where you have to hike up through the stone staircase of 1,015 steps. Visitors love exploring the Buddhist architectures and statues there. Later get back to the station to leave for Sendai. Next you visit Aoba Castle. It takes about 20 minutes by the Loople Sendai Bus from Sendai Station. The castle was in built by feudal lord Date Masamune in 1600. If you can then pay a visit to Gokoku Shrine. For a little bit of history you must head to Sendai City Museum. If you want to be in a peaceful place that offers lush green space along with cherry trees then make your way to Mikamine Park. Located on a hill, it features hundreds of large sakura trees and wide lawns. Locals believe that it’s an ideal place to have hanami picnicking as it offers plenty of space.
One of the favorite hanami spots in Tohoku is Shiroishi Riverside. A visit to this area in spring can be a great outdoor adventure. You can spend the whole day here roaming around and viewing stunning surrounding landscape. Shiroishi Riverside is about 8 kilometer long stretch along the Shiroishi River lined on both embankments by approximalety 1200 sakura trees. Take a train from Sendai and get off at Funaoka Station or Ogawara Station. Then get ready to take a walk from Funaoka to Ogawara. Along the way, you will witness picture-perfect landscape and on a sunny day, visitors can see spectacular view of Zao Mountain range in the distance and cherry blossom together.
In the morning head out to Iwate by train.Iwate is packed with breathtaking natural scenery, festivals, local delicacies, recreational activities, and history. There are two best sakura viewing spots worth exploring in Iwate. Kitakami Tenshochi Park is one of the top hanami spots in Japan. There you can enjoy a lot gorgeous outdoor activities such as delightful boat journey in the Kitakami River and ride on a horse driven carriage including walking along the sakura tunnel. In fact, these rides are particularly introduced to visitors so that they can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms and surrounding picturesque scenery. Spend half a day in the park before you head to Morioka City. Please note Morioka Station is a short distance (20 minutes) from Kitakami Station by Tohoku Shinkansen.When you head to Morioka city, usually you get there to have Morioka Raimen Noodles. It is a unique style noodle, originated in Morioka city. You can satisfy your stomach eating it and then embark on the last trip of your Iwate expedition.
Cherry blossom in Towada city is stunningly breathtaking. In spring, when most of the sakura trees are in full bloom, I enjoy walking down the Government Office Street (Kanchogai-dori). I also recommend you to spend some times at Towada Art Center. However, you will be amazed with the art collections it features. Have your lunch in Towada city and get some strength before you head to legendary Hirosaki Park. You don’t have to worry about how much time you spend there because it offers you a great sakura illumination at night. Welcome to Hirosaki Park! This is one of the top 10 hanami spots in all over Japan. Having such reputation, the place itself is very spacious and home to 2,600 cherry trees of 50 different varieties including one 134 years old Yoshino cherry tree.Also visit the nearby area at the Ashino Park Station is decorated with millions of sakura blossoms.
In the morning leave for Akita. Visit the places of Interest: Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival, Akita Museum of Art, and Kanto Festival Center. Upon visiting the above head back to station to catch your train to Tokyo.
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