6 magnificent cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido

6 magnificent cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido
Cherry blossoms are the signal for the coming of spring.

Because these cherry blossoms bloom all at once and flutter down quickly, it is rather easy to just miss their peak.
However through the different areas Japan, it is possible to enjoy cherry blossoms for a rather long period of time.

This time we will show you the cherry blossoms in Hokkaido where the last cherry blossoms in Japan are blooming.

1. Nijukken Road, Row of Cherry Blossom Trees | Shizunai

|A tunnel of cherry trees on a straight road that look as if they continue all the way to the sky

The Nijukken Road is one of the most well-known places for cherry blossom viewing, and it has been selected as one of "Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots", made it into the list of the 100 Landscapes of Japan's roadside trees, and was selected as a Hokkaido heritage.
The 7km straight road became called the "Nijukken Road" because it has a width of about 20ken, or 36m.
  • 二十間道路桜並木
  • 二十間道路桜並木
Out of about 3000 cherry trees, 70 perecent of them are sargent cherries, and more than half of them are over 80 years old.
The sargent cherries have a dark pink color, and they can be seen all over Hokkaido. The long continuing tunnel will make you feel like you are watching a dream.
【Peak】Early May to mid-May

2. Matsumae Park | Matsumae

|The 10,000 cherry trees of 250 different kinds that color the northern area of "Little Kyoto"

The Matsumae Park, one of Japan's top 100 historical sites, was selected as a Hokkaido heritage in 2004.
In the vast area of about 210,000 square meteres, there are 10,000 cherry trees of 250 different kinds, you can relax and enjoy cherry blossom viewing from late April to mid-May.
  • 松前公園
  • 松前公園
Beginning with the "Kechimyaku Cherry" of the Kozenji Temple that is presumed to be more than 300 years old, you can enjoy many different cherry blossoms such as the "Ezokasumi Cherry" of Ryuunin, the "Fuufu Cherry" of the Tenjinzaka gate, the charming red "Nanden" that represents Matsumae, and the umbrella-like "Amayadori".

In the northern area of the park, you will find the "Sakurami Honen" where there is a display consisting of many different preserved cherries called the "live cherry blossom encyclopedia".
The park was also selected as one of "Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots", for its amazing scenery of 140 different types of cherry blossoms that bloom one after another over a period of about one month. Usually, the "Matsumae Cherry Festival" is held during this period. The Matsumae Park is one where you can enjoy the beauties and deepness of cherry blossoms.
【Peak】Late April to mid-May

3. Goryokaku | Hakodate

五稜郭

|A cherry-colored star-shaped fort that emerges on the land of the North

The Goryokaku, which was selected as a special national historic site, is Japan's first French-style fort with an impressive star shape.
It is alsoone of Japan's greatest cherry blossom spot with about 1,600 cherry trees.

If you want to enjoy the magnificent view of cherry blossoms, it is recommended that you go to the Goryokaku tower. The tower has a observatory of about 90m where you can enjoy a 360 degrees view of the Goryokaku behind glass windows.

The view of the cherry blossoms that fill the moat of the star-shaped Goryokaku is definitely a breathtaking one.
  • 五稜郭
  • 五稜郭
Outside of the moat, there is a path where you can take a nice walk next to the cherry blossoms.
Also, if the weather is nice, you can see a reflection of the cherry blossoms on the moat. During viewing season, the cherry blossoms are lit-up at night, so you can enjoy a fantasy-like view of the cherry trees in contrast to the daytime.
【Peak】Late April to early May

4. Seiryuji Temple | Nemuro

清隆寺

|A spot where you can see the greatest chishima cherry trees of about 150 years old

The Seiryuji Temple in Nemuro that opened in 1892 is a well-known place for viewing chishima cherry trees.

Chishima cherry trees area type of cherry tree that you can find in the eastern and northern areas of Hokkaido, and its greatest characteristic is that it changes colors from when it begins to bloom and when it is in full bloom.
For example, it is light red when it begins to bloom, white when it is in full bloom, and turns back to red again.
  • 清隆寺
  • 清隆寺
In its grounds, there are also about 30 Chishima cherry trees of more than 130 years old, and the tree that is over 150 years old was recognized as "Hokkaido's 100 year anniversary's old tree of historical interest".
Although it is too lavish, you can feel the deepness of the history of cherry blossoms.
As it is the final destination of the cherry-blossom front, wouldn't it be profound to enjoy the very last cherry blossoms of the year in Japan?
【Peak】Late February to early March
【Address】2-2 Matsumoto-cho, Nemuro, Hokkaido
【Price】Free
【Hours】Open all year round
【Access】About 15 minutes by foot from JR Nemuro Station
【Website】https://www.nemuro-kankou.com/tourism/cherryblossom/

5. Oniushi Park | Mori

オニウシ公園

|The collaboration of grand mountains and cherry blossoms peculiar to Mori

Oniushi, meaning "a forested area" in the Ainu language, is a Western-style park that was created for the 110th year anniversary of the foundation of the town of Mori.

In the spring, there are about 500 cherry blossom trees with 20 different kinds spread over a vast area of 17ha, including "Komami" cherry trees and "Horiihi" cherry trees, which are peculiar to Mori.
  • オニウシ公園
  • オニウシ公園
The viewing space of the Michi-no-eki "You Yu Mori" that adjoins the park is a magnificent spot where can view Mt. Komagatake and the Volcanic bay in one picture.
【Peak】 Early May to late May
【Address】326-18 Uwadaicho, Mori, Kayabegun, Hokkaido
【Price】Free
【Hours】Open all year round
【Access】 About 15 minutes by foot from JR Mori Station
【Website】http://www.town.hokkaido-mori.lg.jp/docs/2014090400266/

6. Aobagaoka Park | Mori

  青葉ヶ丘公園

|A park with many one-of-a-kind cherry blossom trees that are over 100 years old

1,000 Yoshino cherry trees were planted in Aobagaoka Park to commemorate the succession of the Taisho emperor in 1914. In this well-known park popular for viewing cherry blossoms, there are about 1000 cherry trees of 17 different kinds, beginning with the Someiyoshino cherry blossoms.
  •  青葉ヶ丘公園
  •  青葉ヶ丘公園
A part of the Someiyoshino cherry trees that were planted at the time of the park's opening are called "Hyakusai Sakura (100 year old cherry tree)", and they are still strong and healthy.
In the park you can also enjoy the "Morikomachi" and the "Aoba Shidare", which are said to be the only ones that exist on Earth, and some more rare kinds such as the yellow-green "Gyoikou" and "Ukon".

You can get to the Oniushi Park in just 5 minutes by foot, so it is recommended to go "park-hopping" for viewing cherry blossoms.
【Peak】Early May to late May
【Address】12 Kiyosumicho, Mori, Kayabe, Hokkaido
【Price】Free
【Hours】Open all year round
【Access】About 10 minutes by foot from JR Mori Station
【Website】http://kankou.mori.hokkaido.jp/201510/07-1609.html

As the goal of the cherry blossom front, the characteristic Hokkaido cherry blossoms finally bloom after enduring the long and harsh winter. How about making a visit to see and feel the beauty and force of nature.

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