Festivals & Events
Tsuruoka Park Cherry Blossoms 鶴岡公園の桜
A beautiful park at the site of a castle
Tsuruoka Park is one of Yamagata Prefecture's best-known spots for hanami cherry blossom viewing. Join the locals in eating and drinking beneath the 730 cherry trees. The park becomes extra picturesque every spring.
- The cherry blossom viewing party that takes place in mid-April
- The 100 vendors around the park entrance
- The lights illuminating the pink cherry blossoms at night
How to Get There
Take the train to Tsuruoka Station on the JR Uetsu Line. In front of Tsuruoka Station, take a bus toward Yunohama Onsen and get off at Shiyakusho-mae.
The park is built on the ruins of Tsurugaoka Castle
Tsuruoka Park was voted as one of Japan's top 100 cherry blossom spots
Tsuruoka Park is the perfect spot for enjoying hanami. Built on the ruins of Tsuruoka Castle, locals and tourists gather with food and drink to celebrate the arrival of spring.
You can bring your own food or find something on site. Vendors sell everything from sweets and snacks to yakiniku. Stalls are open throughout the park during hanami season.
Time for pictures
With the pink buds reflecting on the waters of the moat, majestic cedars, and the historic stone walls of the castle, Tsuruoka Park is a photographer's dream.