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Takato Cherry Blossom Festival 高遠城址 桜祭り

takato castle site park
takato castle site park

Picnic beneath a sea of blossoms

Located in the town of Ina, Takato Castle Park's springtime cherry blossom festival is one of the most famous in Japan. Come to enjoy the blossoms and the terrific views of the Japanese Alps.

How to Get There

Takato Castle Park is accessible from Inashi Station.

From Shinjuku, take the Limited Express Azusa to Okaya, about 2 hours 15 minutes away. Change there to the local Iida Line for Inashi Station, about 50 minutes away.

The park is a 25-minute bus ride from Inashi Station, then another 15 minutes on foot.

Festival, food, and fun

The renowned Takato Cherry Blossom Festival spans most of April. During that time, 1,500 blooming trees are on display. Many of the trees were planted at the park's founding in the late 1800s. The oldest of them is said to be 130 years old. Festival stalls offer a variety of food and snacks including skewered chicken and beef, fried noodles, and takoyaki.

Grab your spot early

From mid-April the trees are illuminated at night. The park can be crowded, so if you plan on having a picnic be sure to come early to grab a spot.

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