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Spring Quartet of Asahi

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Take in the astonishing scenery of cherry trees, tulips, rapeseed and the snow-capped Northern Alps

Asahi Town



When spring comes to Asahi Town in Toyama Prefecture, the area's very own quartet of cherry blossom trees, rapeseed flowers, and tulips fill the air, accompanied by the snow-capped Northern Alps in the background.  

In 1957, the local community planted Yoshino cherry trees along the Funakawa River during its reconstruction. These trees now bloom in tandem with early-flowering tulips, which are in turn accompanied by rapeseed flowers to harvest rapeseed oil–creating an amazing quartet of cherry blossom trees, rape flowers, and tulips against the snowy backdrop of the Northern Alps. 



Flowers heralding the arrival of spring fascinate visitors with their cute and beautiful colors. Even when the petals fall off the tulips, they are reused as fertilizer, which add a pop of color to the root of cherry blossom trees. When the cherry blossom trees along the Funakawa River are in full bloom, a magnificent tunnel of cherry blossoms is created. During peak bloom, which is late March to mid-April, you can also view cherry blossoms illuminated by fire torches at night. Listen to the songs of skylark birds while taking in this beautiful scenery woven by nature and flowers.






How to get there


Take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kurobe Unazuki Onsen Station and take a taxi to Funakawa River (about 25 minutes).

In April to early May, you can take the Asahimachi Express (1,000 yen one way) from Kurobe Unazuki Onsen Station to the Asahi Funakawa Spring Quartet venue with advance reservation.


35 Funagawashin, Asahi-cho, Shimoniikawa-gun, Toyama-ken



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