Miharu Takizakura 三春滝桜

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Fukushima's waterfall cherry tree is over 10 centuries old

For most of the year, the town of Miharu in Fukushima is a typical farming community of about 17,000 residents. In the spring, however, nearly 300,000 people visit the area to get a glimpse of the Miharu Takizakura.

Literally meaning “waterfall cherry blossoms,” the takizakura is a cherry tree that blooms into gorgeous cascades of delicate pink petals that are absolutely stunning to behold and unlike any other cherry blossoms you will see in Japan.

Quick Facts

The Takizakura is a type of cherry tree known as a Pendula Rosea

Over 1,000 years old, it was designated a National Treasure in 1922

It stands over 12 meters (40 feet) tall and spreads out about 20 meters (65 feet) in all directions

How to Get There

You can reach the tree by car or on a special bus.

Although it can be reached by car, if you are planning to go at peak season, the town's small roads will be incredibly congested. Instead, a round-trip bus service is offered from Miharu Station for 1,000 yen, including the cost of admission to see the tree.

Miharu Station is located on the Banetsu Line between Koriyama and Iwaki, both of which are accessible from Tokyo.

Looking good, day or night

If possible, try seeing the Miharu Takizakura during the day and at night. You will get very different views once the tree is illuminated.

Surrounding areas

Once you have had your fill of blossom beauty, consider heading north toward Fukushima's hot spring town of Iizaka or, if it is still early in the day, the nearby Abukuma Caves . Those traveling with children may also be interested in Licca-chan's Castle, an attraction dedicated to the namesake doll, which has a museum, shop, and dress-up experiences.

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