Springtime in Akita (Photo: Shawn.cff / Shutterstock.com)
Mid Apr
Early May
Springtime in Akita (Photo: Shawn.cff / Shutterstock.com)

Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival 2025

Celebrate cherry blossoms in a samurai town

Venue: Kakunodate When: Mid Apr - Early May 2025
Japan's cherry blossom events generally rely on the Japan Meteorological Agency's forecasts. Since blossom dates are subject to change, please always check the venue's official site before you visit 🌸

The sakura or cherry blossom festival celebrates the arrival of spring and the cherry blossoms in the Samurai town of Kakunodate. Along the riverbank there is an avenue of over 150 cherry trees, marking the boundary between the austere grays of the samurai residences and nature’s changing colors along the waterfront. In 1662, a lady of noble birth came here from Kyoto, and planted three saplings that now form the weeping cherry trees along the river bank. They are a testament to their resilience long after the age of the samurai.

Throughout the festival there are food and children's stalls along the river, and you can relax and eat outside or have a picnic along the riverbank grass lawns, whilst traditional Japanese dancers provide light entertainment.

Getting there

The cherry blossom festival takes place on the banks of the Hinokinai River, which is an easy stroll from Kakunodate Railway Station. Kakunodate is about 44 mins from Akita City by bullet train.

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