Japan’s Top 100 Blossoms: Mitake (Mie)
In 2000, Mitake was awarded the top prize in an annual contest organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries to identify the most beautiful villages in Japan. The contest honors rural areas whose scenic beauty is the product of local residents’ continued attention. The cherry trees of Mitake are said to have been first planted around 900 by a priest of Shinpuku-in and have been cared for over the past millennium by area residents.
- Variety: yamazakura
- No. of trees: 2,000
- When: Early to mid-April
- Hours: Open 24 hrs.
- Admission: Free
- Address: 204 Mitake, Misugi-chō, Tsu-shi, Mie
- Website: Tsu City Tourism Association (Mitake no Sakura)
Nearby hanami site
(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Tsu City Tourism Association.)