Japan’s Top 100 Blossoms: Ōkōzu Canal (Niigata)
The Shinano is Japan’s longest river and brings many blessings to the people living along the basin. It has historically been prone to flooding, however, and has brought much destruction as well. The Ōkōzu Canal was built to control such floods, diverting water from the Shinano and channeling it to the Sea of Japan. Construction began in 1907 and took 22 years to complete. Thanks to the canal, the Echigo Plain has become Japan’s biggest producer of rice. A museum near the spectacular row of cherries houses exhibits on the history of the Shinano River and the Ōkōzu Canal.
Ōkōzu Canal (Niigata)
- Variety: Somei yoshino
- No. of trees: 3,000
- When: Early to late-April
- Hours: Open 24 hrs.
- Admission: Free
- Address: Gosengoku, Tsubame-shi, Niigata
- Website: Tsubame Tourism Association
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Near Ōkōzu Canal
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(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Tsubame Tourism Association.)