Festivals & Events
Takada Cherry Blossom Festival 高田城百万人観桜会
One of the world's top five flower festivals
Every April, Takada Park in Joetsu City turns into a mass of beautiful pink blooms. However, what sets it apart from the other cherry blossom festivals is its huge number of trees and masses of lanterns. It's a world-class experience.
How to Get There
Takada Park is accessible by public transport.
By train, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Joetsumyoko Station, and then transfer to the local Myoko Haneuma Line to Takada Station. From there, take the Kubiki Bus for Takada Koen Iriguchi and get off at the last stop.
By car, Takada Park is about 15 minutes away from the Joetsu Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway or the Joetsu Takada Interchange on the Joshinetsu Expressway.
Takada Park has roughly 4,000 cherry trees
3,000 lanterns light up the park at night during cherry blossom season
Over a million visitors come annually
A park centered around a beautiful castle
The central part of the park features a three-tier turreted castle that belonged to the sixth son of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Enjoy the colors of the flowers reflecting off the smooth surface of the moat that surrounds the castle.
Colorful illuminations show the cherry blossoms in a different light
Allow about two hours to visit the whole park. The “Sakura Road” is lit up every night during the viewing period. Here, pink, blue and purple lights are cast on cherry blossom trees. The spring colors surround you on this path.
Not only is Takada Park among Japan's top three night cherry blossom viewing events, but CNN also chose it as one of the world's five best flower festivals.
Cherry blossoms only last for two weeks in this park, so join the million other viewers on the pilgrimage to Niigata's flower mecca. Also, don't miss the fireworks on the final day.