Recommend Drive Course

Start at Sendai Airport, end at Sendai Airport

2-night 3-day Course of taking in Famous Cherry-blossom Viewing Spots in South Tohoku

Departure from Sendai AirportRenting cars

Approximately 1 hour

Hanamiyama Park

MapCode:475 269 207*47

The park began with the cultivation of forests by and the planting of flowers by flower and tree farms for their livelihoods over a period of many years. The fields were then opened to the public as a park to share the beauty of the flowering plants. The sight of countless flowers blooming in the woodlands is breathtaking.

Address: Watari, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Early to late April

Approximately 1 hour

Miharu Takizakura cherry tree

MapCode:300 840 492*02

One of "The Three Great Cherry Trees of Japan," standing at a height of 13.5 meters with a root circumference of 11.3 meters, the Miharu Takizakura tree is more than 1,000 years old. The tree is lit up at night, creating a magical atmosphere.

296 Aza-zakura Kubo, Oaza-taki, Miharu-machi, Tamura-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Early to late April

Approximately 40 minutes

Inawashiro Roadside Station

MapCode:413 148 159*21

Convenient as a rest and shopping spot that offers food using local ingredients and sells local specialties, Inawashiro Roadside Station is well known for items such as fresh Dorayaki (sweet red bean paste sandwiched between two pancakes) and Sauce Katsudon (Deep-fried bread-crumbed pork cutlet coated in Wostershire sauce served on a bowl of rice), a specialty of Aizu. The station also offers tax exemption, a welcome service for visitors from overseas.

1 Aza-Gohyakugari, Oaza-Katada, Inawashiro-machi, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture

Approximately 35 minutes

Tsurugajo Castle

MapCode:97 261 171*52

The extant castle keep has the only red-tiled roofed tower in Japan. Festivals are held during the cherry blossom season. The largest scale illuminations inTohoku are a truly magical sight.

1-1 Otemachi, Aizu Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Mid- to late April

Approximately 30 minutes

Ashinomaki Hot Spring Resort

MapCode:433 710 394*42

Hot springs discovered more than one thousand years ago as an annex to Aizu Wakamatsu

Ashinomaki, Oto-machi, Aizu Wakamatsu-shi

Approximately 20 minutes

Ouchi-juku Post Station

MapCode:433 583 290*07

Post station village established around 1640. The appearance of olden days has been preserved with traditional Japanese-style "houses with thatched roofs" lining the streets.

Ouchi Yashiki, Shimogo-machi, Aizu-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Opening hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Differs depending on the shop)

Approximately 1 hour

Weeping cherry blossom trees along the Nicchu Railway Line Memorial Pedestrian and Cycling Path

MapCode:97 854 219*67

Some 1,000 weeping cherry blossom trees stand along the path for pedestrians and cyclists extending some 3 kilometers. Visitors can strolling through the weeping cherry blossom trees as they enjoy the warmth of spring.

Sengari Nakamichi Ue, Kitakata-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Mid- to late April

Approximately 1 hour

Yonezawa Castle Ruins, Matsugasaki Park

MapCode:515 267 689*20

The park is the site of the ruins of Yonezawa Castle, home the daimyo (feudal lord) Uesugi Kenshin. Here, visitors can enjoy the beautiful sight of some 200 cherry blossom trees around the moat.

1 Marunouchi, Yonezawa-shi, Yamagata Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Mid- to late April

Approximately 30 minutes

Eboshiyama Park

MapCode:127 470 696*78

Located on high ground, the park boasts some 1,000 cherry blossom trees. If the timing is right, the Shinkansen bullet train can be seen through the cherry blossoms, making this a popular spot for train enthusiasts.

1415 Akayu, Nanyo-shi, Yamagata Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Late April to early May

Approximately 50 minutes

Kajo Park

MapCode:62 009 472*55

Countless cherry blossom trees can be seen in bloom around the moat of this expansive park located in the center of the urban area of Yamagata City. Visitors strolling through the park can enjoy the reflection of the cherry blossoms in the water, adding to the beauty of the scenery.

1-7 Kajo-machi, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Mid-to late April

Approximately 5 minutes

Stayover in the surrounds of Yamagata Station

MapCode:273 594 470*00

Station in the center of the city with the third largest population in the Tohoku region. Recommended local specialties include cold ramen noodles and simmered potatoes.

Yamagata-shi, Yamagata Prefecture

Approximately 1 hour

Hitome Senbon cherry blossom trees along the Shiroishi river

MapCode:156 495 337*25

Superb scenery at one of "Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots." During the Cherry Blossom Festival, visitors can enjoy viewing the blossoms from Yakatabune (roofed pleasure boats) and take in the beautiful scenery of snow-covered Mount Zao with the blossoms.

Oya, Ogawara-machi, Shibata-gun, Miyagi Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Mid-to late April

Approximately 15 minutes

Funaoka Castle Park

MapCode:156 495 128*35

A large statue of Kannon (Buddhist deity of compassion) stands at the summit of the park, where cherry blossoms bloom in abundance in spring. Visitors can take photographs as they enjoy riding in the slope car that runs through a cherry blossom tunnel.

95-1 Oaza-Funaoka Tateyama, Shibata-machi, Sibata-gun, Miyagi Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Mid- to late April

Approximately 45 minutes

Sendai AirportRental car return

MapCode:21 200 373*62

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