• Hirosaki Park in Aomori
  • Kakunodate in Akita
  • Kitakami Tenshochi in Iwate

About the top 3 cherry blossom locations in the Michinoku region!

Michinoku’s Top 3 Cherry Blossom Attractions
The three great cherry blossom attractions of Michinoku include:
Hirosaki Park in Hirosaki Aomori,Kakunodate in Senboku Akita,and Tenshochi park in Kitakami Iwate.

The best viewing time is from Mid-April to Golden week.
To catch the cherry blossoms at their peak at 3 locations,you should visit them in this order: Tenshochi Park in Kitakami Iwate,Kakunodate in Akita and finally Hirosaki Park in Aomori.

Each of these 3 locations provides a unique setting and viewing experience.
Why don’t you come and see the spectacular cherry blossoms of Northern Japan!

  • 弘前公園の花筏
  • 角館武家屋敷と満開の桜
  • 展勝地の桜と馬車

Access

Access Map

spot1Aomori Hirosaki

Hirosaki Park boasts 2600 cherry trees, and its annual Cherry Blossom Festival will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018.
The park offers a number of stunning sights, including a flower carpet of cherry blossom petals, that at times covers the castle moat!

When to visit : Late April to Early May

Airline
  • Tokyo Haneda AirportAomori AirportApprox. 1 h 15 min
  • Sapporo New Chitose AirportAomori AirportApprox. 45 min
  • Osaka Itami AirportAomori AirportApprox. 1 h 30 min
  • Nagoya Komaki AirportAomori AirportApprox. 1 h 20 min
  • By bus Approx. 55 min
Train
Tokyo Station → Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen(Approx. 3 h) → Shin-Aomori Station → Tsugaru Express (to Akita) (Approx. 30 min) → Hirosaki Station
Car
Tokyo → Tohoku Expressway(Approx. 7 h) → Owani-Hirosaki IC → National Route 7(Approx. 25 min) → Hirosaki Park

spot2Akita Kakunodate

Rich in history and culture, the area around the Hinokinai River in Kakunodate seems frozen in time and is sometimes referred to as the Little Kyoto of Michinoku. Yoshino cherry trees border the river, while weeping cherry trees line the streets of old samurai residences.
Visit at the right time to see all of Kakunodate dyed in exquisite pink.

When to visit : Late April to Early May

Airline
  • Tokyo Haneda AirportAkita AirportApprox. 1 h 5 min
  • Sapporo New Chitose AirportAkita AirportApprox. 1 h 10 min
  • Osaka Itami AirportAkita AirportApprox. 1 h 15 min
  • Chubu Centrair International Airport, NagoyaAkita AirportApprox. 1 h 10 min
  • Bus or share taxi Approx. 1 h
Train
Tokyo StationKakunodate StationAkita Shinkansen Approx. 3 h
Car
Tokyo → Tohoku Expressway(Approx. 5 h) → Kitakami Junction → Akita Expressway(Approx. 1 h) → Omagari IC → Approx. 40 min → Kakunodate

spot3Iwate Kitakami

Walk through a stunning cherry tree tunnel consisting of 500 century-old trees and extending 2 km along the Kitakami River.

When to visit : Mid-to-late April

Airline
  • Sapporo New Chitose AirportIwate-Hanamaki AirportApprox. 1 h 5 min
  • Osaka Itami AirportIwate-Hanamaki AirportApprox. 1 h 10 min
  • Nagoya Komaki AirportIwate-Hanamaki AirportApprox. 1 h 15 min
  • Bus or share taxi Approx. 1 h
Train
Tokyo StationKitakami Station
Tohoku Shinkansen Approx. 2 h 30 min
Car
Tokyo → Tohoku Expressway (Approx. 5 h) → Kitakami Kanegasaki IC → Approx. 15 min → Kitakami Tenshochi

Suggested Route

Day1

Hirosaki, Aomori

Hirosaki → Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki Castle) → Tsugaru-han Neputa Village Museum → Hirosaki Apple Park → Saisho-in Five-Storied Pagoda → Stay overnight in Hirosaki

Day2

Kakunodate, Akita

Kakunodate → Samurai District and Cherry Bark Traditional Craft Museum → Sake brewery tour and tasting → Japanese sweets factory tour → Kakunodate Onsen → Stay overnight in Kakunodate

Day3

Kitakami, Iwate

Kitakami → Tenshochi Park and Michinoku Folklore Village → Yakult factory tour → Geto Kogen Onsen Village → Kitakami oni Museum