Japan’s Top 100 Blossoms: Takada Park (Niigata)
The park is built on the former site of Takada Castle and hosts an annual cherry blossom festival. The sakuras here can be traced to the 2,200 trees planted on the grounds of the former castle in 1909 by a group of war veterans. The trees were blooming beautifully in five years’ time, and since 1917, members of the public have been allowed onto the grounds. Today, the festival has become a symbol of spring in Niigata, attracting visitors from near and far with 300 street stalls serving a variety of foods and drinks.
Takada Park (Niigata)
- Varieties: Somei yoshino, shidarezakura
- No. of trees: 4,000
- When: Mid-April
- Hours: Open 24 hrs.
- Admission: Free
- Address: 44-1 Motoshiro-chō, Jōetsu-shi, Niigata
- Website: Niigata Prefecture Tourism Association
Nearby hanami sites
(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Jōetsu Tourism Convention Association.)