Cherry blossom tint the hill with pink

I wanted to see cherry blossom at Takato Castle Site Park in Nagano prefecture. Nagano prefecture is among high mountains like The north alps or The central alps of Japan.  So cherry blossom bloom is later in usual year but in this year the bloom of nation-wide is earlier. Then the forecasting of bloom there was difficult. It  snowed  there on the day before I visited. But the snow melted and it was  timely to see them for us luckily! They were just full blooming!

The central alps and Takato-town

The takato- kohigan-zakura cherry blossoms (Prunus subhitella), a unique cherry variety found only here in the world,are a little smaller and more distinctly pink than another famous cherry blossom variety "someiyoshino" (Prunus yedoensis). As many as 1500 takato -kohigan-zakura cherry trees, some more than 130 years old,turn the whole park on the hill pale pink. This is one of the three grandest sites of cherry blossoms in Japan, along with Hirosaki Park of Aomori and Yoshinoyama of Nara.


The Takato clan ceased to exist, following the decree to abolish the feudal domains and established prefectures in 1871. This nationally famous cherry blossom site has its beginning when the former samurais of the Takato clan deplored the dilapidation of the castle site and moved here the cherry trees from the "Sakura-no- baba"( Hippodrome of Cherry blossoms) where the horses were said to have been "hidden among cherry blossom".

many sightseeing bus and cherry blossom

~Cherry blossom at Iida-city in south nagano~ 
Kinehara  school、    This school is  the closure of a school now but the location place
 of film "Ka-bee (母べえ) "  by leading  Sayuri Yoshinaga

At Keisyoji-temple in Nagano

23 件のコメント:

Minoru Saito さんのコメント...



Spiderdama さんのコメント...

WOW! This is so beautiful! I love the alp and that reflection shot is amazing. Perfect pictures Sarah:-)

orchid Miyako さんのコメント...

Dearest Sarah,
Wow, another beautiful pictures of cherry blossoms♡♡♡ Takato Castle Site Park in Nagano prefecture!!! I've never been to Northern part of Japan. Haha, I've had several experiences of travelling foreign countries when young, but I feel I miss many wonderful places in our country.
Thank you very much for the story about Takato clan♬♬♬

I hope you are going to have a wonderful coming weekend.
To my dear Japanese friend, xoxo Miyako*

joy さんのコメント...

Wow. Very beautiful. Cherry trees. Nice knowing the.history about this:)

stardust さんのコメント...

雪山と桜、憧れの風景です。春の信州はこれだから素敵ですね。 今年の冬は寒さが厳しく信州では雪も多かったでしょうから、高遠の方たちも待ちに待った春を実感なさっているだろうなと2枚目の写真に感じました。雪にも花にも天気にも恵まれよかったですね。勢ぞろいしたバスと満開の桜、目のつけどころがナイス!

Marc Sheffner さんのコメント...

I've been there! But never at full-bloom time. You went for me. Thank you!

Red Rose. さんのコメント...


Arti さんのコメント...

How beautiful! Your post is a perfect reflection of all the magnetic beauty spread all around. Your pictures make me miss Japan so much more. I loved this place, Sarah. Thank you so much for taking me there. :)

Łucja-Maria さんのコメント...

Hello SARAH!
Your photos are always captivating.
I admire them. Blooming gardens, orchards is a wonderful sight.
I send greetings.
I wish you a nice weekend.

ruma さんのコメント...

Takato-town is a very wonderful noted place.
I want to go there once, too.

The weeping cherry tree is elegant.

I thank for your usual visit.

haricot さんのコメント...


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Rurousha さんのコメント...

Wow wow wow wow wow! And another wow! I didn't know about this place, and I'm so glad you shared it with us.

I *love* the combination of cherry blossoms and snowy mountains.

If I may say it one more time ...

Wow! (^-^)

Giga さんのコメント...

Widoki zapierające dech w piersiach, cudowne. Pozdrawiam .
The views breathtaking, wonderful. Yours.

Łucja-Maria さんのコメント...

Hello Sarah!
I came to admire your beautiful photos.
For me also start blossoming tree. But do not look so phenomenal.
Have a nice day and weekend.

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...


Ótimo mês de maio!

cosmos さんのコメント...


Rahul Bhatia さんのコメント...

That was a riot of colors:)

Forest Dream Weaver さんのコメント...

Hello Sarah!
Wow.....the cherry blossom against the blue mountains and sky is amazing.I love the way the trees are supported by poles to ensure their safety.Looks like a wonderful place for contemplation.

Enjoy your week!

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...


Bom domingo!
Feliz Dia das Mães!


Ekaterina Trayt さんのコメント...

White snow, blue mountains and pink petals look gorgeous together! Very pretty photographs.

you-wee because さんのコメント...

Finally I found some leisure time today to visit the blogs of my blog friends around the world. In the end I found the time to appreciate your post about the cherry bloom at Takato Castle Site Park.
I guess that the bloom of the cherry trees is already at its end and all petals are down and gone with the wind. Altough we saw this many times, the sakura / cherry bloom is a great event every new year and a cause for rejoicing!
You really did a great job, Sarah! I'm already curious what kind of impressions you show us in your next post.
Kind regards from Germany, Uwe.

cquek さんのコメント...

cherry blossom... fantastic... thanks for sharing such a wonderful shots. i just love to be there and enjoy the view.