Forest of Owl
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