Miyagi Prefecture Locals Secret: Best Spot to Enjoy Sakura



Japanese Cherry Blossom or Sakura ( 櫻; さくら) is one of the major tourist attractions in Japan. The designated national flowers have a strong correlation to Japanese culture and often embodied in many forms: poet, songs, movies, kimono, etc. The 100 yen coins and TokyoPaIt is also part of their tradition to enjoy the peak of Sakura blossoming season by having a picnic under the Sakura tree, called Hanami. Hanami (花見), literally means flower viewing, is a tradition that started from the Nara period and becomes associated with Sakura viewing since the Heian period (794–1185). The tradition preserves until today, people gather and having social events under the Cherry Blossom tree. Aside from a picnic, you can spot a lot of cherry blossom festivals in major tourist destinations all over Japan, including in Miyagi prefecture.

Due to current situations related to COVID-19, unfortunately, this year we can not enjoy Hanami this year. But do not worry, the sakura will come again for us next year. Just as beautiful as it always been. Here is our recap of our favorite spot to enjoy the Sakura. Mark it on your maps so you will know what you could expect next Spring 😀

  1. Hitome Senbozakura at Shiroishi Riverside
    1,200 Sakura trees lined up in Shiroishi riverbanks looks stunning. Sakura, river, and mountains view truly portray the beauty of Japan.

    Location: https://goo.gl/maps/hbxxBEELBCpPt3Bn6
  2. Funaoka Castle Ruins Park
    The park only a few minutes from the Shiroishi river, this park offers a bird view of the lined up Sakura. The cute slope train going trough a Sakura ‘tunnel’ also a must-try-attraction here.

    Location: https://goo.gl/maps/e6musYuVTGrqDai67
  3. Tohoku University Katahira Campus
    Located in the Sendai downtown area, Tohoku University is one of the top-notch universities in Japan. In the Katahira campus you could find one of the oldest Sakura tree. Strolling around the academic facilities feels indifferent than any other park.

    Location: https://goo.gl/maps/xE2Q4rLWLnZ5UqhRA
  4. Nakajimacho Park
    The park tucked in the middle of Hachiman residential area. It as a relaxing ambiance with a small pond and weeping cherry blossom, perfect for your quiet evening.

    Location: https://goo.gl/maps/9h6BfEHgUVW5hZY29
  5. Tsutsujigaoka Park
    This park is one of the most favorite places to adoring Spring and Sakura in Sendai. It located in the center of Sendai city, easy to access by foot from JR Sendai station.

    Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ycPmwXcVhqCvjZjV9
    Please do remember all Sakura festivals are canceled in Spring 2020 due to COVID-19. Please stay at home and wash your hands frequently. Stay safe and Insya Allah we can go to these places next Spring 😀

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