Mt. Tengu's Single Cherry Blossom Tree
Mt. Tengu, at an altitude of 534 meters, is a scenic lookout point in Otaru. It takes about 4 minutes by ropeway to reach the summit where there is a cherry blossom tree popularly known as Tengu Sakura. Over 100 years old, Tengu Sakura is an Ezoyama cherry tree, a variety often seen in Hokkaido characterized as having a darker color than the Somei Yoshino cherry trees. The cherry tree comes into full bloom around mid-May, the same time as the Nemuro cherry blossoms known to be the last to bloom in Japan. There are 5 observatories at the summit, including one named after the cherry blossom tree. There is still snow on the summit, but you can enjoy the colorful and vivid scenery of green leaves, pink cherry blossoms, and blue skies. Additionally, the heart-shaped frame with string lights is a popular spot to take photos. If you're lucky, a sea of clouds may also appear outside of the early morning hours and a rainbow may form toward Mt. Tengu after the rain.