Every year in cherry blossom season, they hold the 'Shibata Sakura Festival' in Shibata town in Miyagi prefecture. Surprisingly, in this town you can see beautiful cherry trees EVERYWHERE, and in my opinion each place is good enough to be 'one of the best places' to appreciate cherry trees. However, two of the most prominent places for Sakura viewing in Shibata town would be the Funaoka Castle Park on the hilltop and the endless line of cherry trees which continues for as long as 8 km along Shiroishi River. This is called, '1000 cherry trees at a glance' and is one of the top 100 places noted for cherry blossom viewing in Japan.
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.