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Place famous for cherry blossoms Spots in Niigata Area

  • Okozu Bunsui Levee
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    Niigata Tsubame-shi Gosengoku
    The Shinano River is a large, class A river which has caused flood disasters since ancient times. This levee was built in order to divert a portion of rising waters to the Sea of Japan, thus preventing catastrophic flood damage on the Echigo Plain. This levee was completed in 1922 on a section of the river closest to the Sea of Japan where it makes a drastic turn to the east. Cherry tree planting began in the area even before the levee was complete, and today it has become known as one of the top cherry blossom viewing destinations in Niigata. When the flowers are in full bloom, the trees are also lit up at night, enabling visitors to enjoy their beautiful blossoms in the evening as well. From October through March, over 1,000 swans also migrate and overwinter here.
  • Matsugamine Cherry Trees
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    Niigata Joetsu-shi Nakago-ku Eguchi 846-1
    This picturesque area in Joetsu was selected for inclusion in a list of Niigata’s 100 most scenic places. Some 1,500 cherry trees have been planted around Matsugamine Pond, an artificial pond dug for agricultural purposes. When the trees bloom in spring, visitors can enjoy the contrast between the pink blossoms and the lingering snows which are a distinctive trait of this region which experiences heavy snowfalls. The sight of the so-called “bucking horse” created by the reflection of the trees in full bloom together with the snows is extremely beautiful, and visitors rave it’s like something out of a painting. In most years, amateur photographers from across the prefecture and beyond flock to the area during this time. From mid- to late April while the trees are flowering, a portion of them are lit up at night, making it possible to enjoy different but equally beautiful scenery in the day and evening.
  • Mt.Omine Tochidaira CherryForest
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    Niigata Shibata-shi Kaiya 393
    Mt. Omine is a 399 meter high peak in the Kushigata mountain range, the smallest range in Japan. It's a famous spot for hill cherry blossoms, and in 1934 the Tochidaira Sakura Jurin cherry forest was designated a National Natural Monument. There are over 40 varieties of cherry tree here, including North Japanese hill cherry, Kasumi-zakura cherry, and Okuchoji cherry, which can be differentiated as they spread up from midmountain to the peak. Some trees are naturally produced hybrids, and in spring they paint the mountain surface in a snowy blanket of petals. There is a well maintained trail up to the observation deck, and it's a popular hiking course from early spring into autumn.
  • Mano Miya
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    Niigata Sado-shi Mano 657
  • Numa no Hara Marsh
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    Niigata Myoko-shi Madaraokogen
  • Ushio Ji Keidai no Gosho Sakura
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    Niigata Sado-shi Ogi 30
  • Yasuragi Tsutsumi no Sakura
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Bandai 2- Saiwainishi 3 , Kami Tokoro 2 ,
  • Takadashirohyakumanninkanokai
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    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Motoshirochou

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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