Japan’s Top 100 Blossoms: Mochio Park (Miyazaki)
The Miyakonojo Mochio Cherry Blossom Festival is held each year when the sakuras are in full bloom. The cherry blossoms here are illuminated at night, which, along with the rows of festival food stalls, attract locals and tourists alike. A popular spot for couples is a lovers’ tree-planting monument, said to bring happiness to those who ring its bell.
Mochio Park (Miyazaki)
- Varieties: Somei yoshino, yaezakura
- No. of trees: 2,600
- When: Late March to early April
- Hours: Open 24 hrs.
- Picnic: Yes
- Admission: Free
- Address: 6633 Yokoichi-chō, Miyakonojō-shi, Miyazaki
- Website: Miyakonojo Tourism Association (Mochio Park)
(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Miyakonojō City.)