Festivals & Events
Kakunodate Weeping Cherry Trees 武家屋敷のしだれ桜
The weeping cherry trees along Buke Yashiki-dori provide more joy than their name suggests
Enjoy the sakura festival along the Hinokinai River embankment, where you'll see the light pink shidare-zakura, weeping cherry trees, in full bloom.
- An evening stroll along the river surrounded by illuminated sakura
- The snacks and goods on sale at stalls during the festival
- Mingling with the locals at cherry blossom viewing parties
How to Get There
From Kakunodate Station, the Hinokinai River is a 15-minute walk.
It is believed the cherry blossoms here were planted around 1656
Shidare-zakura trees can grow up to 15 meters tall and 20 meters wide
A historical tunnel with beautiful blossoms
With more than 400 cherry trees stretching approximately two kilometers, the blooms on the trees droop down to create a long tunnel perfect for walking under along the riverside.
In the samurai district, a five-minute walk from the river, wander alongside the historical samurai houses adorned with cherry blossoms to soak up a historic and scenic experience while stepping back in time.
When to go
The festival is from April 20 until May 5. More than 1.2 million tourists visit each year.