Cherry Blossoms at Chikuma River, Nagano

4 km SAKURA Embankment at Chikuma River Bank in Nagano Prefecture

This breathtaking view can be captured at Sakurazutsumi along the Chikuma River in Obuse Town, Nagano Prefecture. Obuse Town is located 20km north east of Nagano City, a small yet cultural town known as a home to the famous Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai in his later life.

The cherry blossoms at Chikuma River Bank (Chikumagawa Teibo Sakurazutumi, 千曲川堤防の桜堤) is one of top spots for cherry blossom viewing in Japan and invites a large number of visitors during the season. There are approx 700 cherry trees in two rows stretching along the Chikuma River Bank for about 4km.

When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, they create a spectacular view of a pink tunnel. Visitors enjoy walking under the cherry blossom tunnel and watching the pleasant scenery of cherry blossoms by the river. Along with cherry blossoms, other spring flowers can be enjoyed during spring including vivid yellow canola flower that covered the ground.

The type of cherry trees at Chikuma River Bank is called Yaezakura (八重桜), which usually start blooming later than the most common cherry tree in Japan (Somei Yoshino). The best viewing time for cherry blossoms at Chikuma River Bank is usually mid to late April depending on the weather condition. If you miss the best viewing time in other parts of Japan, this is one of the best places to enjoy late blooming cherry blossoms in Japan. Don’t miss a chance to pass through the superb embankment of spring.

-Chikuma River Teibo Sakurazutsumi Cherry Blossoms (千曲川堤防の桜堤)


Access: 18 mins walk from Obuse station

Best time to visit: late April to early May

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