Yamanashi, Tochigu and Gunma prefectures are popular easy access day trip/short trip destinations from the city where you can forget your daily life and enjoy hot spring, gourmet food and amazing views. Since there are many historical sites related to history’s most influential people such as Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, many people from home and abroad visit there, and there are many well-known castles as well. Why don’t you enjoy castles and cherry blossoms in Yamanashi, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures this spring?
Amazing view of flapping crane, cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji『Kofu Castle Ruins』
“Kofu Castle” Ruins, it is also know as “Maizuru Castle” Park because it looks like a crane flapping from the top, is popular among citizens. It is an amazing view spot where you can enjoy the beautiful castle and Mt.Fuji with 150 cherry blossom tress in the park.
1 Marunouchi, Kofu-city, Yamanashi prefecture
5 minutes walk from Kofu station
Located on a hill overlooking Kamanashi River 『Shinpu Jyo Ato』
Although the ruins of Shinpu Castle is better known as Shinpu Togenkyo (Peach Shangri-La, famous for its peach trees), the cherry trees surrounding Shinpu Fujitake Shrine by Honmaru-ato are amazing. Because it is on top of a small hill, the view of Togenkyo from there is superb.
Nakajyo, Nakadamachi, Nirasaki-city, Yamanashi prefecture
15 minutes walk from Shinpu Station
『Kurobanejyoshi』where Basho’s footprints remain
“Kurobanejyoshi”, it is said that Matsuo Basho stayed for the longest time on his journey, “Oku no Hosomichi”(The Narrow Road to the Deep North), and is famous for 6,000 hydrangea. In the castle ruins, 100 Somei Yoshino cherry trees are planted and many people visit for cherry blossoms viewing in spring time.
977 Maeta, Otawara-city, Tochigi prefecture
Approximately 30 minutes by car from Nishinasunoshiobara IC
『Otawara Castle Ruins』where you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing at the Honmaru ruins
In Ryujo Park, located at the site of Otawara Castle, the remains of Honmaru was maintained as a square with 400 Somei Yoshino cherry trees. They are lit up at night, and climbing the earthwork surrounding the Honmaru, you can look down the beautiful cherry trees and the main bailey.
Shiroyama, Otawara-city, Tochigi prefecture
Approximately 20 minutes by bus from Nishinasuno Station
『Kaminokawa Jyoshi』Rich in nature castle ruins park
The ruins of Kaminokawa Castle, which was prospered for 350 years, has been maintained and is popular among citizens as Kaminokawa Jyoshi Park. Many different flowers are planted and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of each season. During the cherry blossom season, the park is surrounded by cherry trees.
Kaminokawa, Kaminokawa-machi, Kawachi-gun, Tochigi prefecture
Approximately 30 minutes by bus from Ishibashi Station
『Utsunomiya Jyoshi』Tochigi’s recommended place to enjoy cherry blossom
At the Utsunomiya Castle Ruins Park, you can enjoy various cherry blossoms along with the change of season such as early-blooming Kawazu cherry tree, Ito Komuro cherry tree, Somei Yoshino Cherry tree and late-blooming Shidare and Ooyama cherry trees. The scenery of those cherry trees decorates castle walls and moats are sure to look good on social media.
1-15 Honmaru-cho, Utsunomiya-city, Tochigi Prefecture
Approximately 10 minutes walk from Utsunomiya Station
The famous Cherry blossom viewing place for those in the know, know 『Oyama Castle Ruins』
Shiroyama Park, located at the ruins of Oyama castle, is a famous place for cherry blossom viewing among those in the know, because of the Omoigawa cherry blossom which was first discovered in Oyama in the Showa era. In addition to Oyama Castle, there are 1,700 cherry trees in full bloom on the Omoi river bank.
1 Shiroyamacho, Oyama-city, Toshigi prefecture
Approximately 10 minutes walk from Oyama Station
『Takasaki Jyoshi(Castle Ruins)』Beautiful cherry blossom reflected on the calm moat
Takasaki Castle Ruins Park, located at the ruins of Takasaki Castle, is known as one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in the city. 300 cherry trees are in full bloom, and they are lit up at night and their beautiful reflection on the surface of the moat is highly reviewed.
Takamatsucho, Takasaki-city, Gunma prefecture
Approximately 10 minutes walk from Takasaki Station
『Numata Jyoshi(Castle Ruins)』with 400 years old cherry tree
Numata Park, located at the ruins of Numata castle, is famous for cherry blossom viewing with 210 cherry trees, especially with its symbol “Gotenzakura” cherry tree which is said to be 400 years old worth a look.
594 Nishikurauchimachi, Numata-city, Gunma prefecture
Apprximately 20 minutes walk from Numata Station
『Nagurumi Jyoshi(Castle Ruins)』Cherry trees brighten up with snowy mountains behind
It is one of the best cherry blossom spots in Murakami town. Snow remains in the surrounding mountains, cherry blossoms bloom, and you can see the beautiful scenery signaling the coming of Spring.
3437 Shimozu, Minakamimachi, Tonegun, Gunma prefecture
Approximately 10 minutes by car from Gokan Station
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