A tree with plenty of history behind it (Photo: 京浜にけ/CC By SA 3.0)

Miharu Takizakura in Bloom

The majestic beauty of a thousand-year-old cherry tree

Mid - Late
Apr
A tree with plenty of history behind it (Photo: 京浜にけ/CC By SA 3.0)
Venue: Miharu, Tamura District, Fukushima, Japan When: Mid - Late Apr 2023

There are plenty of arguments to be made about Japan's best cherry blossom viewing spots, and people's favorites will differ based on a myriad of reasons. However, if you're after a sakura experience with a bit of history behind it, Fukushima's Miharu Takizakura is hard to beat. Estimates place the age of the tree somewhere over a thousand years old, and it's revered so highly that it was designated as a National Treasure back in 1922. Standing around 12 meters in height and with branches spanning 22 meters in parts, the tree attracts several hundred thousand visitors each year.

The best time to catch this iconic tree in bloom is from the mid to late April timeframe, and admission to the area is charged at 300 yen.

Getting there

The Miharu Takizakura tree can be reached within about 10 minutes by taxi from Miharu Station, served by the Ban'etsu East Line.

For those who opt to drive, free parking is available on-site.

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Elizabeth S a year ago
I'd love to see Aizu Wakamatsu City and make an excursion to see this spectacular tree. The last time I went to the castle town, I changed trains in Koriyama City.
Elena Lisina a year ago
Amazing tree! I wish it could be more accessible by public transport. Taxi is expensive for me.
Elena Lisina a year ago
Does the shuttle bus runs from Koriyama Station or from Miharu Station? Of course, I'll travel when pandemia will be totally over. But good plans must be made ahead! :)