The majestic sceneries of the lanterns and cherry blossoms with the Takada Castle
Takada Castle Site Park Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the biggest events in Joetsu held from early April to mid-April every year. Almost all of the cherry blossoms planted around the park are of the Somei Yoshino variety. Beginning with the cherry trees planted along the wide inner and outer moat which surrounds the castle, the park features around 4,000 trees. 3,000 lanterns help reflect the blossoms in the water, making a scene famously beautiful in Japan. Along with Ueno's Onshi Park, and Hirosaki Park in Aomori, Takada Park is known as one of the three best locations in Japan for nighttime cherry blossom viewing. In the olden days, the Cherry Blossom Festival was an event to be held quietly. Visitors were not allowed to walk freely in the park, and no food stalls lined the paths. However, the Cherry Blossom Festival is now an exciting event where crowds of people gather to enjoy some 300 food stalls lining the grounds. Check out and enjoy what has become a symbol of spring in Echigo!