Akashi Castle 明石城
Castle ruins taken captive by cherry blossoms
Only fifteen minutes outside of Kobe is Akashi Castle and Akashi Park, excellent spots for cherry blossom viewing in Japan.
How to Get There
Akashi Castle is a short walk from the north exit of Akashi Station. The station is on the JR Sanyo Main Line between Kobe (15 minutes from Sannomiya) and Himeji (25 minutes).
Over 1,000 cherry blossom trees grow in the park
You can test out your sea legs on a Gono Pond paddle boat
Akashi Castle turns 400 years old in 2019
Around the ruins
Akashi Park surrounds the ruins of Akashi Castle. The park is large and open, with a lawn area where you can view the castle ruins, including the surviving turrets known as Tatsumi-yagura and Hitsujisaru-yagura. At the rear of the castle is Gono Pond, where you can rent a paddle boat and explore.
The perfect hanami location
There are some 1,000 cherry trees in the park, which bloom each March and April. The park is packed with locals and tourists alike during sakura season, descending upon the park to enjoy hanami cherry blossom viewing.