Akagi, located halfway up Mt.Akagi in Gunma Prefecture, is one of the best place to view cherry blossoms near Tokyo in April. There are 2 main popular spots in Akagi: Akagi Nanmen Thousand Cherry Blossoms (赤城南面千本桜) where over 1,000 cherry blossom trees form the pink tunnel on the 1.3 km long street and Miyagi Senbonzakura no Mori Park (みやぎ千本桜の森公園) where 150,000 stocks of Shibazakura bloom on the ground.
Akagi Nanmen Thousand Cherry Blossoms
Over 1,000 cherry blossoms which are about 60 years old flourish lined along the 1.3km long street. They form a long and pink tunnel which covers up the sky. There is designated as “100 Best Sakura Spots” in Japan. In the best season, the cherry blossoms are lit up at night.
Miyagi Senbonzakura no Mori Park
Miyagi Senbonzakura no Mori Park, located beside the cherry blossoms street is another beautiful spot to enjoy cherry blossoms in April. There are more than 5oo cherry blossoms trees including 37 species and 150,000 stocks of Shibazakura (moss cherry blossoms) which form vast pink and white carpets in the park.
The Cherry Blossoms Festival (赤城南面千本桜まつり) will start at Akagi Nanmen Thousand Cherry Blossoms from early April and cherry blossoms are lit up during the festival. A lot of stalls provide you with Japanese street food and drinks.
Access: take a bus from Maebashi Station (JR Ryomo Line)/Akagi Station (Tobu Kiryu Line)/Ogo Station (Jomo Denki Line)
Hours : 9:00 to 17:00
Light up: until 21:30
Best time to visit: early to mid April
Festival: 6th to 21st April
Akagi area is also famous for a good onsen hot spring town, so it’s recommended to take a short trip these for cherry blossoms and hot springs. For more info about cherry blossoms around Tokyo, you might also like these articles below!!