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The park was built in 1875 on the ruins of Tsurugaoka Castle, which was home to the Sakai Clan, rulers of Shonai Domain, for some 250 years. You can find traces of the castle from the moats, stone walls, and centuries-old cedar trees in the park. The 730 cherry trees in the park have also been chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots, making it the best place to view cherry blossoms in the prefecture. The essence of the castle town lingers in the area around the park where many important cultural assets and historical landmarks are concentrated. This area has also been featured in the works of a popular Japanese author, Shuhei Fujisawa.
14 Baba, Tsuruoka, Yamagata
Jan., Feb., Apr., May, Aug., Oct., Dec.
Take the bus from JR Tsuruoka Station and get off at Shiyakusho-mae bus stop (10 minutes). It is a 2-minute walk from there.
10 minutes from Tsuruoka IC on Yamagata Expressway.
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