There are 12 “original construction tower” castles in Japan, and half of which are in the Chugoku・Shikoku regions. The regions are popular sightseeing and historical spots many tourist visit year-round. The castles, which are beautiful in every season, are brimming with cherry blossoms in spring and look even more beautiful. We will carefully select and introduce castles with beautiful cherry blossoms in the Chugoku・Shikoku regions.

 

 

 

“Tsuyama Castle” (Tsuyama City, Okayama Prefecture), the only castle in the prefecture earned a spot as one of Japan’s “100 best cherry blossoms sites”.

 

Tsuyama castle is called the greatest castle, one of Japan’s three major “hilltop” style castles. At present, Kakuzan park was built on the ruins of the castle, became a place for citizens to relax. In spring, beautiful view looking down from atop the tower is like a sea of cherry blossoms, visitors will be treated to the illuminated cherry blossoms and stone walls.

 

 

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135 Sange, Tsuyama city, Okayama Prefecture

10 minutes walk from Tsuyama Station

 

 

 

Jet-Black” “Okayama Castle” colored with cherry blossoms (Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture)

 

Okayama Castle, famous for its jet-black outer wall, is a popular spot for tourists from overseas. In recent years, the number of tourists from overseas has been increasing due to better access form Asia. During the cherry blossom season, you can enjoy more beautiful scenery of the jet-black castle adding cherry blossom color. Do not miss the scenery of the cherry blossoms and the castle reflected in the river.

 

 

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2-3-11 Marunouchi, Kitaku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

5 minutes tram ride from Okayama Station, 10 minutes walk after getting off the tram

 

 

 

Fukuyama Castle, the landscape of cherry blossoms and orthodox design castle (Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture)

 

At the ruins of Fukushima Castle is now a park, there are 300 cherry trees including Somei Yoshino, Yamazakura and Satozakura are in full bloom. It is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in the prefecture, with a beautiful landscape of the white wall castle and cherry trees.

 

 

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1 Marunouchi, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture

Right by the Fukuyama Station

 

 

 

“Matsue Castle” Admiring a National Treasure with Cherry Blossom (Matsue City, Shimane City

 

Matsue Castle, which is designated as National Treasure, one of the 12 “original construction tower” castles and Japan’s “100 best cherry blossoms sites”. It is not only a famous place for cherry blossom viewing, but also a photography spot selected as the 100 City Landscape of Japan. It is a top-rated tourist spot where you can enjoy the historical castle with 190 various cherry trees.

 

 

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1-5 Tonomachi, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture

About 10 minutes from Matsue Station by bus

 

 

 

“Kochi Castle” One of Japan’s most famous landmarks (Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture)

 

Kochi Castle is a historically very valuable castle with not only “original tower” but also the original main buildings are still standing. It is now a park with a nice view of downtown from the castle tower, and you can enjoy a particularly wonderful view during the cherry blossoms seson. More than 200 cherry trees bloom around Sannomaru, making it one of the best cherry blossoms viewing spot in the prefecture.

 

 

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1-2-1 Marunouchi, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture

About 30 minutes walk or 10 minutes tram ride from Kochi Station

 

 

 

“Tokushima Castle” should say the treasure of Tokushima (Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture)

 

Tokushima Castle Ruins, which is now a vast park, is the one of Japan’s Top 100 Castles. As many as 250 cherry trees bloom,  adding color to the magnificent stonewalls and moats. It is designated as a national asset by the government, and listed on the 100 historical parks of Japan.

 

 

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Tokushima cho, Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture

About 5 minutes walk from Tokushima Station

 

 

 

“Ozu Castle” the castle ruins you can feel and retain the atmosphere of the time (Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture)

 

Ozu Castle once existed in Ozu, which is said to be a small Kyoto in Iyo, and the surrounding area still retain the atmosphere of the castle town. Yagura (the turret) is designated as a National Important Cultural Property and is also popular as a tourist attraction. The castle ruins with illuminated cherry blossoms at night are fantastic and recommended.

 

 

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900 Ozu, Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture

About 5 minutes drive from Iyo-Ozu Station

 

 

 

“Imabari Castle” Splendor of cherry blossoms in the Seto Inland Sea (Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture)

 

Imabari Castle, famous for its rare moat fed by the sea, is a tourist attraction with many exhibits. There are 60 Somei Yoshino cherry trees, and the collaboration of the Seto Inland sea and cherry blossoms is superb.

 

 

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3-1-3 Toori cho, Imabari City, Ehime prefecture

About 9 minutes from Imabari Station by bus

 

 

 

“Uwajima Castle” the originl castle tower remains (Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture)

 

Uwajima Castle, one of the 12 “original construction tower” castles, is a famous place surrounding with cherry blossoms in full bloom. You feel a little special like you’ve gone back to the time of the Edo period in Spring.

 

 

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1 Marunouchi, Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture

About 5 minutes from Uwajima Station by bus

 

 

 

“Matsuyama Castle” towering in the center of Matsuyama (Matsuyam City, Ehime Prefecture)

 

Shiroyama park was built on the ruins of Matsuyma Castle, and selected as one of Japan’s “100 best cherry blossoms sites”. The scenery of about 200 Somei Yoshino cherry trees with Matsuyama castle in the background is superb.

 

 

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1 Marunouchi, Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture

About 10 minutes train ride from Matsuyama Station, 5 minutes walk after getting off the train