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Takato Castle Remains Park

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

Indulge in spring with beautiful cherry blossoms in Takato Castle Remains Park in Nagano Prefecture

About 1,500 cherry trees that spread throughout the park are the Takato Kohigan-zakura variety, which has slightly smaller and more reddish petals compared with the famous Somei Yoshino variety. The distinctive petals have long been considered the best cherry blossoms in the whole country and the park has been selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots. The best time to see cherry blossoms is from early to middle of April. During the peak viewing period, the entire park becomes covered with pink, fascinating approximately 200,000 visitors.

Cherry blossoms in full bloom glow at night

Cherry blossoms at dusk are also exceptional. “Yozakura,” or night cherry blossoms, captivate visitors with their wondrous beauty that cannot be seen during the day. In the evening, when it starts to get dark, go visit the Ounkyo Bridge (cherry blossom cloud bridge), which is one of the best spots within the park. As you go down to the moat, you will be amazed by the cherry blossoms over the pond that creates a beautiful reflection on the water, while the cherry trees seen from the bridge make you feel as if you are literally surrounded by clouds of cherry blossoms. Indulge in the magical world of pink clouds lit up in the night.

Location

Name Takato Castle Remains Park
Web Sites https://www.go-nagano.net/en/topics_detail6/id=12336
Address 2298 Higashi Takato, Takatomachi, Ina-shi, Nagano
Access Approximately 25 minutes’ drive from Ogurogawa IC on the Chuo Expressway
Take a bus from Ina-shi Station on the JR Iida Line and get off at Takato bus stop, then walk for approximately 15 minutes
Inquiries TEL: 0265-96-8100 (Ina City Tourism Association)
Admission Adults: 500 yen; Elementary and junior high school students: 250 yen (From the next day of the declaration of the flowering period until the blossoms fall from the trees)
Entrance is free during the rest of the year. Please see the website for details.

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