Mt. Shiude (紫雲出山, pronounce Shiudeyama or Shiundeyama in Japanese) is located in Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku region. It’s 352m high mountain situated in Shonai peninsula on the Seto Inland Sea. Mt.Siude is often describes as the best cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan because of its spectacular scenery.
Mt. Shiude is a popular scenic view point for the panoramic view of Seto Inland Sea and the islands. Yet, in spring time, the view even gets much more spectacular.
There are approx 1,000 cherry trees on the mountain and the magnificent overlook view of Seto Inland Sea with cherry blossoms can be enjoyed. The contrast of the clear blue ocean and the pastel pink flowers is just breath-taking. On top of that, watching the sunset over the sea can leave you speechless. There are numbers of great spots for cherry blossom viewing in Japan but this is truly incomparable creation by nature.
Access: the best way to access is by car but public transport is available too. Take a community bus from JR Takuma station, then get off at Shiudeyama Tozanguchi stop. Continue walking to the summit for 1~1.5 hours.
Best time to visit: late March to mid April
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