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Cherry blossom starts to bloom in Koushin’etsu Area (甲信越地方) from end of March. Various species of cherry blossoms are fully bloom one after another. There are some places which you still can enjoy viewing the cherry blossom which are only bloom in Mid-May. There is also a Japanese proverb saying, "Nice flowers are blooming late", I believe you would like to enjoy these late blooming cherry blossom until the end of the cherry blossom’s season, right?

1. Takada Park

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Cherry blossoms in Takada Park are among the best three of night viewing cherry blossom in Japan. About 4,000 cherry blossom trees are blooming around Takada Park area and reflecting the fantastic scenery on the water surface of the moat. The beauty of the shinning 3,000 cherry blossoms is one of the most popular in Japan. Besides, the “Sakura Road” which has the cherry blossom lighted up beautifully is also very famous for tourist. During the cherry blossom viewing period there are many hawker stalls lined up on roadside, symbolizing the spring of Echigo (越後).

Takada Park (高田公園)

  • Best viewing period of cherry blossom: mid-April to end of April
  • Light up period: 6th April ~ 22th April
  • Address: 44-1 Honjo-cho, Joetsu-shi, Niigata Prefecture
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2. Muramatsu Park

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Muramatsu Park is one of the park which designated as one of "Top Ranking 100 of Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots". It has about 3,000 cherry blossom trees of various species such as the main species of Somei Yoshino, Yoko, Yamazakura, and Shidare zakura. During the cherry blossom viewing period, there are many hawker stalls and shops line up side by side, besides there are many events held at the park.

Muramatsu Park (村松公園)

  • Best viewing period of cherry blossom: mid-April to end of April
  • Light up period: 18:00 ~ 21:30 during the cherry blossom viewing period
  • Address: 2631-1, Atago, Gosen-shi, Niigata Prefecture. 
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3. Komoro Joshi Kaikoen

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Hundreds of old cherry blossom trees are fully blooming in the park, forming a harmonic feeling with the old pine tree. There are many types of cherry blossom with different blooming period planted in the park. Hence, visitors can enjoy viewing of the cherry blossom for a long period of time. Especially, the cherry blossoms species, " Komoroyaebenishidare" which is only available in Komoro city(小諸市) are blooming and available for viewing until about end April.

Komoro Joshi Kaikoen (小諸城址 懐古園)

  • Best viewing period of cherry blossom: mid-April to end of April
  • Light up period: After Sunset ~ 22: 00, during the cherry blossom viewing period
  • Address: 311 Komoro-shi, Nagano Prefecture
  • Entrance fee: 300yen for adults, 100yen for kids
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4. Obuse Town

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Obuse town has many cherry blossoms viewing spots. Among them, the embankment of "Riverside Park" which has the cherry blossom tunnel of 4km long, with 530 cherry blossom trees is one of the most famous spot. There is also the light up during the cherry blossom viewing period. When it comes to the end April, the canola flower is also blooming, therefore you can enjoy the viewing of both yellow and pink flower together. Besides, you can also enjoy viewing the apples and peach flowers at the surrounding area.

Obuse Town (小布施町)

  • Best viewing period of cherry blossom: End of April to mid-May
  • Address: Sannojima, Obuse-cho, Kamitakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture

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5. Kawaguchiko

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You can enjoy photo shooting the cherry blossoms with magnificent Mt. Fuji and lake side as the background from the northern coast of Kawaguchiko. Ubuyagasaki (産屋ヶ崎) is a recommended view spot where you can see the reflected Mountain Fuji on the lake surface. Also, viewing the cherry blossom trees from the lake shore is also an amazing activity at Kawaguchiko. Besides the light up during the fully bloom period, there are also some festival such as Fujikawaguchiko Cherry Blossom Festival (富士・河口湖さくら祭り) is held nearby the Amphi Hall of Kawaguchiko (河口湖円形ホール).

Kawaguchiko (河口湖)

  • Best viewing period of cherry blossom: mid-April to end of April
  • Address: Fujikawaguchiko-cho, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken

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