Upon coming to Japan, one of our first adventures was to visit Miharu Takizakura, one of Japan’s oldest and most beloved cherry trees. Not only is it an impressively big tree, but it is surrounded by beautiful flowers, and offers great views of the surrounding mountains and rice fields.
About Miharu Takizakura:
- Located in Miharu, a town in the prefecture of Fukushima, Takizakura is said to be over 1200 years old.
- The tree stands at 13.5 meters tall, and the width of her branches reach nearly 25 meters.
- Takizakura literally translates to waterfall sakura, which is fitting because of its long, curved branches filled with blossoms.
- The branches are so long and heavy that they have to be supported by wooden poles.
- It was declared a national treasure in 1922, and thousands of people come to see the cherry blossoms every year.
Tips on Visiting:
- Weather: This year, Fukushima experienced very high winds, and because of this, many of the blossoms had already blown off the tree. During our visit, instead of the iconic pinks and purples, the tree had a more greenish hue to it. That being said, we’d still recommend visiting during the second and third week in April, as Takizakura was still beautiful and unlike anything we’d ever seen. Because we went earlier in the morning, it was also pretty chilly, and would recommend bringing a light jacket along just in case.
- Crowds: Like most touristy things in Japan (and anywhere else around the world), there were a lot of people also there to see the cherry blossoms. Arriving at the tree right as it opens is your best bet to beating the crowds, but we have heard that seeing the tree at night is also beautiful and attracts less people.
- Take advantage of everything Takizakura has to offer: Along with the views, and the tree itself, there are a lot of awesome shops and food stalls nearby. While we spent quite a bit of time marveling at the tree and the mountains, we also ate delicious udon & soba, and tried different samples of omiyage. There were also vendors selling Takizakura souvenirs, sakura flavored treats, and pots with baby trees.
|¥300||6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Open year round!|
How to Get There:
- By car: 7.3 km from Funehiki-Miharu IC/12.6 km from Koriyama-Higashi IC on the Ban’etsu Expressway.
- By train: 6.3 km from Miharu Station on the Ban’etsu Tousen Line *Expect traffic jams during the cherry blossom season. During cherry blossom season, sightseeing coaches run from Miharu station.
We visited Takizakura again in 2017, and it was just as impressive as the first time we went. Still a ton of people….but just as beautiful and grandiose. Check out our vlog below to see more!