Only in the Toyota district of Obara, Aichi Prefecture, can you see pink cherry blossoms bloom against a backdrop of fiery red autumnal foliage.
In Obara, cherry blossom viewing, one of Japan’s most popular pastimes, is a biannual occurrence. Each year, its 10,000 Shikizakura cherry trees burst into bloom in spring, and then again in autumn, just as the colors of leaves change to vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow.
It is believed that the samurai physician Genseki Fujimoto brought the first Shikizakura tree to Obara in the early 1800s. The tree, which he had received from a temple in Nagoya, is said to have thrived and spread across the district. One of the oldest surviving Shikizakura trees, planted in Toyota and now over 100 years old, is a designated Natural Monument of Aichi.
Approx. 1 hour by bus from Toyota’s Meitetsu Toyotashi Station on Obara-Toyota Line. Get off at Kaminigi bus stop from where it is about 15 minutes walk.
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