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Toyota’s Autumn Cherry Blossoms

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See both cherry blossom and autumn leaves at the same time

Toyota City Dept. of Commerce & Tourism

 

 

There are only a few places in Japan where you can see both fiery red and orange autumn leaves and the soft pink cherry blossom at the same time, and one of them is Obara in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. In Obara there are around 10,000 shikizakura, special sakura cherry trees that bloom twice a year, in spring and in autumn. At Senmi Shikizakura-no-Sato in particular, the slope of the hill is covered with 1,200 cherry blossom trees, creating a beautiful combination of colored leaves and pink flowers.

 

The trees are said to have originated in the early 1800s when the samurai physician, Fujimoto Genseki was presented with one of the rare trees from a temple in Nagoya. This special tree, now designated as a Natural Monument, was planted in Obara, where it grew very well, spreading across the district.

 

The Obara Shikizakura Festival is usually held during peak bloom in November. There are special events and food stalls at various locations in Obara. To cover the distances between each venue, use the free Shikizakura Kururin shuttle bus.

 

If you want to enjoy Japan’s famed cherry blossom and also the autumn leaves, visit Toyota City’s Obara in fall, and discover the best of both worlds!

 

How to get there

 

About an hour by train from JR Nagoya Station to Toyota-Shi Station, and then approx. 75 minutes by bus from Toyota-Shi Station to Obara.

 

 

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