Festivals & Events
Akagi Cherry Blossom Festival 赤城南面千本桜
Cherry blossom fever on the slopes of Mt. Akagi
Considered one of the top 100 cherry blossom viewing areas in Japan, Akagi is a great destination to enjoy cherry blossom season.
How to Get There
From Tokyo, take the JR Joetsu Shinkansen to Takasaki Station. From there, transfer to the JR Ryomo Line and get off at Maebashi Station. The journey takes just over one hour.
Alternatively, take the JR Takasaki Line from Ueno Station to Maebashi Station. This route takes one hour and 45 minutes.
To get around town, take the local buses. The Circular Bus route starts at Maebashi Station south exit. A one-day, unlimited use ticket costs 1,500 yen for adults and 750 yen for children. The Circular Bus stops at Gunma Flower Park and Akagi Kronenburg Yuhodo. The event is about a five-minute walk from Akagi Kronenburg Yuhodo.
A poetic moment
This beautiful piece of nature extends over a 3.5-kilometer stretch of road on the slope of Mt. Akagi . Trees line both sides of the path, creating a stunning soft pink tunnel. As the wind blows, their delicate flowers rain down dramatically.
Food stalls available
During the blooming period, visitors can purchase food and drinks from one of the many stalls that are set up. You'll find a variety of Japanese festival foods like yakitori, yakisoba, and takoyaki. Note that the event does get crowded.
Cherry blossom calendar
Depending on the weather, the timing of the cherry blossom viewing varies. In general, the cherry trees bloom around the beginning of April, but this changes as much as two weeks year to year.