100 Places to See Cherry Blossom in Japan: Tohoku
Part six features the Tohoku prefectures in all their movie-star glory. Blooming arrives a little later here - typically mid-April.
Japan’s most poetic landscape knows a thing or two about creating the perfect cherry blossom scene. Full of spots that have featured in TV dramas and movies, this is where you can relive that Memoirs of a Geisha ending again and again.
Fukushima (April 10 ~)
A must-go location for those who want to enjoy more than just cherry blossoms. Experience the ultimate spring with the scenery of over 70 types of flowers, including someiyoshino, toukai cherry blossoms, and ume (plum) and peach blossom trees.
10 minutes walk from Hanamiyama stop, bus leaving JR Fukushima station
Over 2,500 cherry blossoms bloom near the former Nihonmatsu castle. The name Kasumi, which translates to mist or fog, indicates how the cherry blossom trees bloom so fully that they fill the sky.
20 minutes walk from JR Nihonmatsu station
Iwate (April 19 ~)
Takamatsu Park is listed among the top 100 sakura spots in Japan, but what makes it so special is the way cherry blossom trees surround the Takamatsu lake. This makes it perfect for a leisurely promenade along the water – even better at night when, during the festival, lanterns are lit up.
15 minutes by bus headed to Matsuzono Eigyojo from JR Morioka Station, get off at Takamatsu no Ike-Guchi
Kitakami Tenshochi Park
Listed not only in the top 100 sakura spots ranking, Kitakami Tenshochi also has its name in the top three sakura spots out of Aomori, Iwate, and Akita. Over two kilometers of 500 cherry blossom trees stretches across the river, in addition to the 10,000 cherry blossom trees in the park itself. During the Sakura Festival, carp flags are hung up above the river.
20 minutes walk from JR Kitakami station/15 mins by bus headed to Esashi Bus center, or to Kumazawa from JR Kitakami station get off at Tenshochi
Miyagi (April 10 ~)
Hitome Senbon Zakura
Tohoku’s most postcard-perfect sakura spot has got to be this. Also known as the “Hitome Senbon Zakura” for it’s eight kilometer-long tunnel of cherry blossom trees. Out of the 1,200 cherry blossoms, one third are over 80 years old.
3 minutes walk from JR Oogawara station
Funaoka Joshi Park
Perhaps one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in the Tohoku region, the Shibata Sakura Festival at Funaoka Joshi Park attracts over 200,000 visitors each year. Enjoy the view atop the mountain where the Funaoka Peace Bodhisattva Statue stands.
15 minutes walk from JR Funaoka Station
Akita (April 17 ~)
Listed among the top 100 cherry blossom places in Japan, Mato park was built to commemorate the enthronement of the Taisho Emperor. The park is surrounded by apple farms, filling the air with the fresh scent of spring. Around 2,000 cherry blossom trees bloom from April to May.
20 minutes by bus from JR Jomonji station headed to Higashinaruse. Get off at Matobashi, 5 mins walk from there.
At the famous Kakunodate in Akita the cherry trees are as old as 300 years, having been imported from Kyoto by samurai families that lived in the area. This beautifully-preserved historical district is the perfect spot to appreciate spring beauty while stepping back in time to samurai days.
A short walk from JR Tazawako Line Kakunodate Station
A cinematic sakura spot, where over 3,000 cherry blossom trees bloom bright around the former Asakura castle. Mostly someiyoshino cherry blossoms, the delicate pink colors bring many visitors annually to the park all clamoring to see the scenery from the observation deck.
30 minutes by walk from JR Yokote station
Yamagata (April 14 ~)
Over 200 cherry blossom trees bloom throughout the remains of Yonezawa Castle. The trees are as old as 100 years, and the scenery of the nighttime light up is, in a word, enchanting.
10 minutes by bus from JR Yonezawa station to Shirabu Onsen, get off at Uesugi Jinja Mae; or by bus to Onogawa onsen, get off at Matsugasaki, 3 mins walk
Located in the center of Tsuruoka city, Tsuruoka park was built where the impressive Tsurugaoka Castle formerly stood. Over 700 cherry blossom trees beautifully spring from the remains of the castle walls – scenery that has appeared in many novels and movies.
10 minutes by bus from JR Tsuruoka station to Yunohama Onsen or Atsumi Onsen, get off at Shiyakusho Mae.
Chosen among the top 100 must-go sakura spots, at Eboshiyama park the trees are 120-years-old, and there are over 1,000 cherry blossom trees of 25 different kinds. Over 120 thousand people visit annually – can’t think why.
5 minutes by car or 25 minutes on foot from JR Akayu station.
Aomori (April 24 ~)
Hirosaki Castle Park
Approximately 2600 cherry blossom trees decorate the picturesque surroundings of Hirosaki castle – one of the oldest castles in the Tohoku region – turning the moat a bubblegum pink. Enjoy not only the beauty of cherry blossoms, but also the food stands, where you can purchase fare straight from the Tsugaru region such as ginger miso oden and black konjac. At nighttime, you can marvel at the cherry blossom trees lit up in bright lights. Great for a date? We think so too.
20 minutes by walk from Hirosaki station bus terminal/10 minutes by 100 yen bus going around Dotecho
A truly historical park famous for the over 2,200 cherry blossom trees plus more. Ashino is also famous for its links to the literary genius Osamu Dazai, which many may know for his masterpiece Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human).
It’s a short walk from Tsugaru Tetsudo Ashino Park station.
One of the most popular sakura spots in the Aomori area, around 1,600 cherry blossom trees brighten up this attractive park in a vivid pink hue in spring. The park is built around Sannohe Castle, which played an important role during the Warring States Period. History and hanami in one.
10 minutes by bus (Nambu bus to Sannohe Eigyojo) from Aoimori Tetsudo Sannohe station, get off at Sannohe Machiyakuba Mae, 10 minutes walk.
At one of the largest parks in Aomori (its size is worth eight Tokyo Domes), visitors can enjoy around 2,000 cherry blossom trees of different kinds. Not only is the park popular for cherry blossoms, but also for its floral gardens, a small amusement park with a ferris wheel, animal park, and more.
20 minutes by bus leaving JR Honhachinohe Station to Kodomono Kuni Iriguchi