Takada Castle (高田城) is located in Joetsu city, Niigata prefecture. It was built in 1614 by Matsudaira Tadateru who is the sixth son of the great Shogun from Edo preiod, Ieyasu Tokugawa. The castle has been attracting millions of visitors every spring as a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.
There are over 4,000 cherry trees around the castle and majestic view of the castle and flower can be seen. And visitors can stroll down the 300 m pavement with cherry blossom tunnel called “Sakura road”. Takada Castle’s cherry blossoms are considered as one of three greatest cherry blossoms by night in Japan along with Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture and Ueno Park in Tokyo.
The best time to visit is from early to mid April and the cherry blossom festival is held during this period, welcoming over 1 million visitors in 17 days. Hundreds of food stalls will be lined to enjoy local street food and drinks. During the festival, there will be light-up of the trees by 3,000 lanterns around the castle and visitors can enjoy illuminated cherry blossoms at night.
Access: 15 mins walk from JR Takada station
Best time to visit: early to mid April
Cherry Blossom Festival: 1 to 15 April 2019
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