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Kakunodate Weeping Cherry Trees 武家屋敷のしだれ桜

Shidare Sakura at Buke Yashiki Shidare Sakura at Buke Yashiki
Shidare Sakura at Buke Yashiki Shidare Sakura at Buke Yashiki

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.

Don't Miss

  • 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

Kakunodate is easily accessible by train and bus from Akita City and neighboring areas.

From Kakunodate Station, the Hinokinai River is a 15-minute walk.

Quick Facts

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.

The latest information may differ, so please check the official website

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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