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Top Places to Go in Tohoku During Spring

Spring season starts a bit later in Tohoku than the rest of Japan, establishing a unique perspective of white snow and cherry blossoms; boasting Japan’s pride at the same time.

Hachimantai Aspite Line – Iwate Prefecture.

Spring season starts a bit later in Tohoku than the rest of Japan, establishing a unique perspective of white snow and cherry blossoms; boasting Japan’s pride at the same time.

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Since Tohoku region is situated in the northern part of Japan, its spring season starts a bit later than the rest of the country. Interestingly, it also makes the region ideal for you to enjoy both white snow and pink cherry blossoms, two prides of Japan, at the same time.

Check out the following list for the best places to visit in Tohoku during spring.

1. Aomori Prefecture – Ashino Park

Ashino Park – Aomori Prefecture.

Ashino Park is known as one of the most famous locations to witness cherry blossom in Aomori Prefecture. In fact, it has been named as one of the “100 Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan” by various travel guides considering it has 1,500 beautiful cherry blossom trees within the park’s grounds that covers around 800,000 square meters. On top of this, people also frequent this park in spring to catch the sight of a local Tsugaru train that runs through a beautiful cherry blossom tunnel. The best spot to see this unique view is by securing a seat in the coffee shop inside the old station building next to Ashinokoen station. And while you’re at it, why not get a cup of coffee or a dessert too?

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2. Iwate Prefecture – Hachimantai Aspite Line

Hachimantai Aspite Line – Iwate Prefecture.

One of the must-do activities in this area is to embark on a scenic drive along the snow corridor route called the “Hachimantai Aspite Line” that cuts through Iwate and Akita prefectures. The route is open to the public from mid-April to mid-May only, coinciding with the period when the cherry blossom blooms in Hachimantai Sakura Park. But don’t stop there; when in the area, be sure to also check out other popular activities like dipping into the hot springs and skiing.

More information here.

3. Akita Prefecture – Godzilla Rock

Godzilla Rock – Akita Prefecture.

The Godzilla Rock in Oga City of Akita Prefecture faces the Sea of Japan. It resembles the shape of the famous fictional monster Godzilla, especially during sunset when the whole area is bathed in the rays of the burning orange sun. Prepare your camera and stand at an angle where you can clearly see the setting sun as it gets closer to the shape that resembles Godzilla’s mouth, allowing you to create the illusion that Godzilla is spewing fire.

More information here.

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4. Miyagi Prefecture – Mount Tokusenjo

Mount Tokusenjo – Miyagi Prefecture.

Mount Tokusenjo in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture is home to between 400,000 and 500,000 azalea bushes, making it one of the largest places to enjoy azalea in Japan. During the peak of spring, which is from mid-May to early June, the blooming azaleas paint the whole landscape in vivid reds and magentas, turning the area into a wondrous sight that you should not miss. Hikers of every level, including beginners, can hike up to the summit along the mountain trail lined with azalea flowers and get rewarded with the splendid views of the mountains and the sea that fronts Minamisanriku.

More information here.

5. Sendai City – AER Observation Deck

This free observatory terrace is located on the top floor of a 31-storey (145.5-metre high) complex, offering a panoramic view of Sendai City on the west side and the Sendai Plain overlooking Pacific Ocean on the east side. At night, as the city illuminates, it becomes a romantic sight to behold. Why not stop by at this place at night with a date when you are in Sendai City?

More information here.

6. Yamagata Prefecture – Matsugasaki Park

Matsugasaki Park – Yamagata Prefecture.

Every spring, around 200 cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, gracing along the moat of Matsugasaki Park (Uesugi Shrine) in Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture. During daytime, the reflection of the beautiful flowers on the water creates an enchanting atmosphere, and at night, the park is illuminated by starry lights, turning the place ever more magical. The red bridge over the moat is a popular spot to capture memories here.

*The illumination is held only in mid-April to early May, every day from 18:30 to 22:00.

More information here.

7. Fukushima Prefecture – Miharu Takizakura

Miharu Takizakura – Fukushima Prefecture.

The famous cherry blossom viewing spot, Miharu Takizakura, in Fukushima Prefecture features one of Japan’s “Three Great Cherry Blossom Trees”. This weeping cherry blossom tree is said to be over a thousand years old, reaching 13.5 metres in height and 11.3 metres in girth around the root. From mid-April to late April, flowers hang from the tree branches like a huge pink waterfall. Besides, the tree also gets illuminated at night; so, you should consider visiting the park on both daytime and nighttime for two different experiences.

More information here.

8. Niigata Prefecture – Takada Castle Site Park

Takada Castle Site Park

There are around 4,000 cherry blossom trees that are lit up using 3,000 paper lanterns at the Takada Castle Site Park, earning the park as one of the ‘’Top Three Night Views of Sakura in Japan.” The community here also holds a festival called Takada Castle Site Park Cherry Blossom Festival from the 1st to 15th of April every year. Remember to dress beautifully and get ready to have a fun time here!

More information here.

Check the Tohoku Special website with lots of extra details!

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