Japan’s Top 100 Blossoms: Ōhirasan Prefectural Natural Park (Tochigi)
Kenshin-daira gets its name from Sengoku-period warlord Uesugi Kenshin, who is said to have been awestruck by the vastness of the Kantō Plain that appeared before him while conducting military exercises on Mount Ōhira. On a clear day, visitors today can see as far as the skyscrapers of Tokyo and even Mount Fuji. Try the three local delicacies—sweet dango dumplings, skewered yakitori, and rolled omelets—as a savory complement to a hanami outing.
Ōhirasan Prefectural Natural Park (Tochigi)
- Varieties: Somei yoshino, yamazakura, shidarezakura
- No. of trees: 4,000
- When: Early April
- Hours: Open 24 hrs.
- Admission: Free
- Address: Around Hiraichō, Tochigi-shi, Tochigi
- Website: Tochigi Prefecture Tourism and Local Products Association
Nearby hanami sites
Near Ōhirasan Prefectural Natural Park
(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Tochigi City Tourist Association.)