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Sakura viewing spots expecting blossoming around April 25th
Aomori Prefecture
Shiroyama Park
Where the park is now used to be the site of Mito Castle, which until Kanei 10 (1633AD) was the central fort of Lord Nambu. Today only the stone wall and the remains of the keep of the castle can be seen. The park is a famous spot for flower viewing known by the name of “Hana no Shiroyama” (Shiroyama of cherry blossoms) where approximately 1,500 cherry trees gorgeously shows off their beauty in spring.
Ohoshi Shrine
Ohoshi Jinja (Shrine) is a shrine of matchmaking located in the Myoken area in the city and is more commonly called by the local people as Myoken Jinja. On the shrine grounds there are more than 30 weeping cherry trees which are said to be somewhere between 80 to 100 years old. Although the total number of trees is not big, it is still one of the very rare places where you can find this many trees as old as these trees here.
Gappo Park
Gappo Park is situated in the east of Aomori Fishing Port. The park is a sandy place continuing from the coast, and turns into a swimming beach in summer. In spring, about 700 Someiyoshino cherry trees becomes in full bloom and creates a beautiful scene against the water of Mutsu bay.
Hirosaki Park
The cherry trees of Hirosaki Park is said to be ordered from far away Kyoto. 5,000 cherry trees including Someiyoshino, weeping cherry tree (Shidarezakura) and double-flowered cherry tree (Yaezakura) fill up the park surrounding the main castle tower of Hirosaki Castle, and during the blossoming season many people swarm to have one look at the blossoms.
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Akita Prefecture
Mato Park
Mato Park is the former castle site of Kiyoharano Mahito Takenori, a great supporter of Minamotono Yoritomo, and is one of the prominent flower-viewing spots in Akita Prefecture. Ponds and imitation of islands are arranged in the garden with the nature of the foothills in the background, and the cherry trees in the plaza blossom as to brilliantly color the refined garden.
Ichimanbon Sakura Park
Odate City is famous as the place where Akita Inu (a kind of a dog) was born. In the park there are about 10,000 cherry trees in more than 22 different kinds including Someiyoshino and Beniyamazakura. Because there are so many kinds of cherry trees, you can enjoy the blossoms until late May. Even a little walk in this hill-like park is nice and relaxing.
Hinokinai Riverbanks (Hinokinai Kawatsutsumi)
The first cherry trees were planted on the left bank of Hinokinai River in Showa 8 (1933) commemorating the birth of Emperor Showa. Now the trees have grown large and strong, and for about 2 kilometers form a gorgeous tunnel of Someiyoshino blossoms.
Shinjuku Gyoen
Yokote Park
Yokote is known for its kamakura (snow huts) in winter. The park on a small hill on the right bank of Yokote is Yokote Park, the site of former Yokote Castle. The castle is not there anymore but there is an observatory resembling the castle tower of 3 layers and 4 floors, and with that in the back grow approximately 5,000 Someiyoshino cherry trees.
Keijo Park
Odate city used to have a castle from a long time ago, but it was not until Edo Period that the city became a settled castle town. The park located in the south of the city is the site for what used to be Odate Castle, but only the inner moat and part of the mound is left today. In spring the cherry trees stretch out their branches to silently tell the history.
Bukeyashiki Street
Still having the townscape of warrior houses from centuries ago, Kakunodate is a town where one of the branch domains of Satake Domain was placed. The weeping cherry trees growing in each warrior houses were transplanted from Kyoto in Edo Period, and now about 400 trees drape their branches to boast off their splendid blossoms.

Iwate Prefecture
Kitakami Tenshochi
Along the lef bank of Kitakami River, a river flowing on the eastern side of former post town Kitakami, about 10,000 cherry trees line for 5 kilometers from Sango Bridge. Cherry Blossom Festivals are held every year from mid April to early May, and the area gets crowded with vacationers coming for tour coach and boatrides as well as cherry blossoms.
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Iwate Park
Morioka Castle was the center castle of the Nambu Lord and was located in the center of today Morioka city. Now there are no remains of the castle left in Iwate Park, and only the stone wall and the inner moat silently tells the traces of the past. During the blossoming season about 600 Someiyoshino trees put on marvelous flowers which can be viewed both day and night.
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