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Cherry Blossoms in Hida

Cherry Blossoms in Hida

Spring standard sightseeing in Japan is Hanami (cherry blossom picnic). Japanese cherry trees are cultivated for ornamental use and don’t produce any fruit.
Photographer Hiroike teaches us his treasured spots for cherry tree.

Large Hida region has a huge difference in temperature between each area, so we can enjoy cherry blossoms for a long time like from April to May. Even if the cherry blossoms will be expected to bloom later than ever in Japan, they in Hida may bloom as usual.
Well then, we are going to introduce the cherry blossom spots in order starting with the earliest blooming.

No 1. Along the Enako-river (Takayama city)

Around the midstream to the downstream of the Enako-river flows through the eastern part of Takayama, there are a lot of cherry trees. Some bridges are on the river, and you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing with alley tour.

No 1. Along the Enako-river (Takayama city)

【Full Bloom】
mid-Apr
【Access】
Takayama Green Hotel-(hotel shuttle)-Takayama Jinya-(walking through Old town)-Enako-river
2km, 10-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel.

No 2. Nawashiro-zakura (Gero city, Wasa)

Nawashiro was named after rice planting. When the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, the rice field has the full of water and is lighted up. The light up is very popular, so you have to bag a good spot to take a picture.

No 2. Nawashiro-zakura (Gero city, Wasa)

【Tree age】
400 years old
【Full Bloom】
early-Apr to mid-Apr
【Access】
66km, 80-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 3. Iwataro Shidare-zakura (Gero city, Hagiwara cho, Shimi)

Mr. Iwataro planted this cherry tree. The tree spread their branches over the road, so it is called shidare-Zakura (weeping cherry tree).

No 3. Iwataro Shidare-zakura (Gero city, Hagiwara cho, Shimi)

【Full Bloom】
early-Apr to mid-Apr
【Access】
34km, 40-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 4. Around Nakabashi-bridge (Takayama city)

You can enjoy the cherry blossoms with a famous red Nakabashi-bridge.
Local people wonder if they will bloom during Takayama festival with gorgeous floats (Apr 14 and 15) every year, but it usually blooms after the festival. If it is warmer than usual, you can see the three at once.

No 4. Around Nakabashi-bridge (Takayama city)

【Full Bloom】
mid-Apr
【Access】
1km, 15-minute-walk from Takayama Green Hotel
Here is the hotel shuttle bus information.

No 5. Kitayama Shidare-zakura (Takayama city, Kitayama)

Kitayama, in the northeast of Takayama, is unknown spot, so you can take a picture easily with few visitors.

No 5. Kitayama Shidare-zakura (Takayama city, Kitayama)

【Full Bloom】
mid-Apr
【Access】
3km, 10-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 6. Sakuragaoka Hachiman Shrine (Takayama city, Yamaguchi machi)

A lot of weeping cherry blossoms has been planted in the shrine, and you can take a picture easily with few visitors.

No 6. Sakuragaoka Hachiman Shrine (Takayama city, Yamaguchi machi)

【Full Bloom】
mid-Apr
【Access】
7km, 20-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 7. Garyu-zakura (Takayama city, Ichinomiya machi)

There are many visitors in the daytime, but few in the evening. The cherry tree is being illuminated by the light of JR Miya Station, so you will take a better picture with long exposure time.

No 7. Garyu-zakura (Takayama city, Ichinomiya machi)

【Full Bloom】
mid-Apr to late-Apr
【Tree age】
1,100 years old
【Access】
9km, 20-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 8. Around Miyagawa-river in Sugisaki (Hida city, Furukawa cho)

There is a row of cherry trees along the Miyagawa-river, and you can take a picture easily with few cars.

No 8. Around Miyagawa-river in Sugisaki (Hida city, Furukawa cho)

【Full Bloom】
mid-Apr to late-Apr
【Access】
18km, 25-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 9. Gosho-zakura in Sugisaki (Hida city, Furukawa cho)

When you visit Gosho (Imperial palace) in the evening, you can see the different view from the one in the daytime. The cherry trees are being illuminated and reflected in the rice field. We recommend you of taking a picture before it becomes dark (during afterglow and night).

No 9. Gosho-zakura in Sugisaki (Hida city, Furukawa cho)

【Full Bloom】
mid-Apr to late-Apr
【Access】
18km, 25-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 10. Aoya Shinmei Shrine Shidare-zakura (Takayama city, Asahi machi, Aoya)

The cherry trees are being illuminated and reflected in the rice field and you can take a picture easily with few visitors.

No 10. Aoya Shinmei Shrine Shidare-zakura (Takayama city, Asahi machi, Aoya)

【Full Bloom】
mid-Apr to late-Apr
【Access】
20km, 35-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 11. Shokawa-zakura (Takayama city, Shokawa machi)

The blooming term is during Golden week holiday and all of visitors drive through the National Route 156 to visit here, so you will get stuck in traffic. This cherry tree has a long history for a name “the miracle cherry tree”. We recommend you getting some information before visiting.

No 11. Shokawa-zakura (Takayama city, Shokawa machi)

【Full Bloom】
late-Apr to early-May
【Access】
50km, 60-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 12. Sumiyoshi Yama-zakura (Takayama city, Honmachi)

After the cherry blossoms fall, Sumiyoshi Yama-zakura(hill cherry) starts to bloom. The white flower turns to pink before falling.

No 12. Sumiyoshi Yama-zakura (Takayama city, Honmachi)

【Full Bloom】
mid-May
【Access】
2km, 10-minute-walk from Takayama Green Hotel
Here is the hotel shuttle bus information.
Famous sightseeing spot, Miyagawa River Morning Market
Here is the Miyagawa morning market article.

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