Cherry Blossoms

Japan’s Top 100 Blossoms: Tsuruoka Park (Yamagata)


Tsuruoka Park is built on the grounds of what was once Tsuruoka Castle, from where the Sakai clan ruled the Shōnai domain throughout the Edo period. The park is popular not just for its 730 sakura trees but also for its many historical and cultural sites.

Remnants of the former castle town still dot the neighborhood around Tsuruoka Park. The city is the birthplace of novelist Fujisawa Shūhei, and many areas are reminiscent of scenes from his historical novels. The park also houses the Fujisawa Shūhei Memorial Museum (admission ¥320).

Tsuruoka Park (Yamagata)

  • Varieties: Somei yoshino, yaezakura, shidarezakura
  • No. of trees: 730
  • When: Mid- to late April
  • Hours: Open 24 hrs.
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: Baba-chō, Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata
  • Website: Tsuruoka City Office

Nearby hanami site

Near Tsuruoka Park

Sakura 100: Japan’s Best Blossoms

(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Tsuruoka City Tourism and Commerce Department.)

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