Place famous for cherry blossoms Spots in Okayama Area

  • Daigo Zakura
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    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Bessho
    This cherry tree is located in Ochiai Tarumi, Maniwa City. The large 18-meter azuma-higan cherry tree, a type of higan-zakura (solstice cherry), is said to be over 700 years old, and its name comes from the legend that Emperor Go-Daigo praised it when he arrived in Oki. It was selected as one of Japan’s top 100 famous trees and is a prefectural Natural Monument, bringing many cherry blossom viewers in the spring.
  • Asahi River
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Naka-ku
    This river is a famous destination for cherry blossom viewing in spring, and over 200 Yoshino cherries grow along a 1.3 kilometer stretch of the river. The cherry trees extend east from JR Okayama Station. Adjacent to Okayama Korakuen, visitors can see Okayama Castle across the river. The Okayama Sakura Carnival is held here from late March to early April each year. During the festival, stalls and playland facilities line the river, attracting large numbers of visitors. From nightall until 9 p.m., paper lanterns light up the area, creating a magical atmosphere.
  • Gaisen Sakura Street
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    Okayama Pref. Maniwagunshinjouson
    This street lined with cherry trees is located in Shinjo Village, Maniwa County. Planted in commemoration of the victory in the Russo-Japanese War, it is comprised of a tunnel of 137 Yoshino cherry trees that line the street. When they are in bloom, events such as illuminations and the Gaisen Sakura Festival are held.
  • Osaka Pond
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    Okayama Kasaoka-shi Osaka
    This is an irrigation-use earth fill dam in Kasaoka City, Okayama prefecture, built to serve irrigation needs for the surrounding 470 hectares of rice paddy fields. The local farmers have long used waterwheel run mills to polish their grain, and the history of this water wheel community goes back to the early Showa period. Today, the area is filled with about 600 Yoshino and double-blossom cherry trees that bloom in spring, offering a lovely walk along the waterways with the water shining pale pink under them. There are also many natural fishing ponds dotting the spaces between the mountains, like Kosaka pond.
  • Miyasumi Park
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    Okayama Kume-gun Misakicho Nishi-gawakami 400-11
    This park is a 30-minute taxi ride from JR. Fukuwatari station. Located on a hill 270 meters above sea level, it offers a view of lake Asahikawa, and is also a famous cherry blossom spot. There are around 5,000 cherry trees in the park, and another 3,000 along the dam, and the sight of them all in bloom is incredible. From mid to late April, the roughly 10,000 azaleas also bloom, bringing huge crowds every year. This is also a great wild bird watching spot year-round. The park also hold Minwa no Mura, where you can try wood crafting or pottery activities, make paper, and listen to folk tales.
  • O Hirayama Yacho no Mori
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Setouchi-shi Okucho
  • Asahikawa River Bed (Horai Bridge-Aioi Bridge)
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku
  • yukasan sakuraenchi
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimayuga 2852
  • Ihara Zutsumi
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Ibara-shi Ibaracho

Okayama Areas

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Overshadowed by Hiroshima to the west and the Kansai region to the east, Okayama is an easy spot to miss but a nature-rich gem where the Seto Inland Sea laps at its toes and peach and grape farms complete its interior. One of Japan’s Three Great Gardens, Koraku-en in Okayama city is well worth a visit before progressing to Kurashiki, where preserved wooden Edo buildings line the picturesque canal.

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