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Cherry blossom in Japan is coming! Have you figured out where to go this year? If you haven’t seen Japan’s three best sakura trees yet, it’s totally worth considering visiting them. Japan’s three best sakura trees are Miharu Takizakura, Yamataka Jindai Sakura, and Usuzumi Sakura. 3 Best Cherry Blossom Sakura Trees in Japan:

No.1 Miharu Takizakura – Fukushima

 

Miharu Takizakura - Fukushima (src: www.bit.ly/1UgNpFt)

Miharu Takizakura – Fukushima (src: www.bit.ly/1UgNpFt)

Miharu Takizakura (Beni Shidare Zakura) is located in Fukushima Prefecture. It’s over 1000 years old and was listed as the Natural Monument Treasure in 1922. Taki means ‘waterfall’ in Japanese and captures the downward falling nature of this particular sakura. At its peak, it looks as if pink water coming down in a fall.

The tree is 12 meters (39 feet, 4 inches) tall. Around the Miharu Takizakura, there is a 25m x 20m foot path from which you can admire the tree 360 degrees.

Address: Takizakura Preservation Area, Mihama-cho, Tamura District, Fukushima Prefecture
Fee: 300 yen per adult | free for children up to junior high school age.
Hours: 6am to 6pm | During the light up period till 8:30pm
How to get there:

  1. Take JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station and get off at Koriyama Station (approx. 80 minutes).
  2. Get on Joban Higashi Line from Koriyama Station and get off at Miharu Station (approx. 13 minutes)
  3. From Miharu Station, either take a taxi or take the special shuttle bus (TBA) to Takizakura Preservation Area.

No.2 Yamataka Jindai Sakura – Yamanashi

Yamataka Jindai Sakura - Yamanashi

Yamataka Jindai Sakura – Yamanashi (src: www.bit.ly/1TzlaCi)

Located inside the Jisso Temple in Yamanashi Prefecture, Yamataka Jindai Sakura is said to be between 1800 and 2000 years old. It is believed to be planted by Prince Yamato Takeru. There is a famous folk story that Buddhist monk Nichiren preyed for the Yamataka Jindai Sakura when the tree began losing its life during the Kamakura Period (1185–1333).

Yamataka Jindai Sakura is 10.3m tall and is 11m in width. It is the oldest sakura in Japan and listed as the Natural Monument Treasure in 1922. It’s also selected as one of the Best 100 Trees in Japan.

Yamataka Jindai Sakura - Yamanashi

Yamataka Jindai Sakura – Yamanashi (src: www.bit.ly/1TzlaCi)

Address: 2763 Yamataka, Takekawa-cho, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture
Fee: Free
How to get there:

  • Take JR Chuo Line from Tokyo Station to Tachikawa Station (approx. 57 minutes).
  • From Tachikawa Station, take Azusa to Nirasaki Station (approx. 78 minutes), and
  • From Nirasaki Station, take the Seiryu to Mount Kaikoma Shuttle Bus (30 mins) to Jisso Temple

No.3 Neodani Usuzumi Sakura – Gifu Prefecture

Neodani Usuzumi Sakura - Gifu Prefecture (src: www.bit.ly/21870wN)

Neodani Usuzumi Sakura – Gifu Prefecture (src: www.bit.ly/21870wN)

Usuzumi means “subtle ink”. Usuzumi Sakura’s color is different during blossom. When sakura is only a bud, it’s pink. When it starts opening, it becomes white (see the picture below). Then when it’s about to fall off, it looks as if subtle ink has been sprayed on, hence the name.

At peak: - Neodani Usuzumi Sakura in Gifu Prefecture (src: www.bit.ly/1TuDn2K)

At peak: – Neodani Usuzumi Sakura in Gifu Prefecture (src: www.bit.ly/1TuDn2K)

Usuzumi Sakura is believed to be 1500 years old. The legend says Emperor Keitai (born in 450) planted this sakura tree. There were many times when people thought that this sakura was dying. But each time Usuzumi Sakura overcome the difficult times.

After admiring Usuzumi Sakura, visit Usuzumi Onsen Hot Spring.

Usuzumi Onsen (src: www.bit.ly/1TzlaCi)

Usuzumi Onsen (src: www.bit.ly/1TzlaCi)

Address: 995 Neozakajo Jodan, Motosu City, Gifu Prefecture
Fee: Free (but parking fee applies during the peak season)
Light up time: 18:00 – 21:00
How to get there:

  • From Nagoya Station, Tokaido Line to Ogaki Station (approx. 31 minutes)
  • From Ogaki Station, take Tarumi Line to Tarumi Station (approx. 66 minutes), and
  • Walk by following signs to Usuzumi Sakura