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    Relax among mountains and lakes in summer, or be dazzled by the winter snow while enjoying unique, northern cuisine.


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    Most sacred shrine, Excellent pearls, and Samurai theme park. Touch the tradition and history.


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    Combining unspoiled natural beauty with a tropical climate


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    Steeped in history and a symbol of peace the world over


    Uwajima / Matsuyama / Ishizuchi-san

    Fresh fruit and fish. Tour some of the castle, explore the history.


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    Many sights to see and delicious cuisine. Fukuoka leaves you satisfied every time.


    Karatsu / Imari / Arita

    Experience breath-taking natural scenery and traditional crafts. A trip with delighting surprises around every corner.


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    Surround yourself with nature and taste gourmet flavors you will find nowhere else.


    Kirisima-Yaku National Park / Satsuma Peninsula

    The home of historic heroes and a living volcanic landscape. Toast with delicious shochu and sample the unique Kagoshima cuisine.


    Osumi Island / Amami Islands / Miyako Island / Yaeyama Islands

    Japan’s tropical side offering a unique culture and history

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Takato Cherry Blossom Festival

Materials provided by Ina City Tourism Association

Every year April 1 to 30

View "the most beautiful cherry blossoms on earth" at the Takato Castle Ruins in Nagano.

The Takato Cherry Blossom Festival is held at the Takato Castle Ruins in Ina City, Nagano Prefecture.
Originally transplanted from a local horse pasture, over 1500 trees featuring unusual crimson-tinted blossoms surround the castle ruins, and from olden times have been considered called "the most beautiful cherry trees on earth." The blossoms are usually at their peak in mid-April, and visitors can enjoy seeing them illuminated at night from dusk until 10:00 p.m. Not only have the Takato Castle Ruins been selected as one of the 100 best sakura-viewing sites in Japan, the town also offers stunning views of the Japan Alps.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission: 250 yen for elementary and junior high school students

Address: Takato-machi Higashi-Takato, Ina City, Nagano

Airport: Matsumoto Airport


Takato Castle Ruins, Ina City, Nagano Prefecture

2h 20 min from Shinjuku (Tokyo) to Okaya Station by JR Chuo Line (limited express), and 40 min from Okaya to Ina-shi Station by JR Iida Line. 25 min bus ride from Inashi City Station (JR Iida Line) > 15 min on foot

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