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Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura
Naegashima-machi in Gunma Prefecture once lost almost all of its trees due to severe lumbering. The area where they started planting cherry trees about 70 years ago is now called Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura and has become one of Japan’s most popular destinations for viewing cherry blossoms, drawing visitors from all over the country. Come blossom season, as many as 1,000 cherry trees of various types form a tunnel over the path. Some trees, as old as 60 years, are living proof of the history of this place. Many events are held during the period of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
- 2511-2 Naegashimamachi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma
- Contact No.
- About 15 minutes by car or 20 minutes on Furusato Bus from Jomo Railway Oogo Station (Reservation required for Furusato Bus. For same day reservation, call +81-27-283-3122)
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open everyday during cherry blossom season
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 minutes
- Admission fee
- Best time to see
- Forecast for blooming: 3/31 Forecast for full bloom (peak): 4/7～
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A tunnel of cherry blossoms
A municipal road of approximately 1.3 kilometers in length is lined with 1,000 cherry trees, which form a magnificent tunnel when in full bloom. Passing through this long-stretching road is quite a surreal experience as a surrounding mass of cherry blossoms makes it hard for you to see where you are going. If you visit at the time when the petals start falling, they create a swirl around you.
Moss phlox and cherry blossoms
In the neighboring “Miyagi Senbonzakura-no-Mori,” there are about 500 cherry trees of 37 kinds. Planted right next to them are 150,000 moss phlox in vivid pink. (*Moss phlox is called “shiba-zakura” in Japan, literally translating to “cherry blossoms on lawn.”) This is the only location where you can enjoy the beautiful harmony of cherry blossom’s pale pink and moss phlox’s darker pink.
Food stalls at Cherry Blossom Festival
From the beginning to the middle of April, when the cherry blossoms will be at their peak, “Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura Cherry Blossom Festival” is held. It is a spring festival which many tourists look forward to and is packed with events including a food fair featuring local specialty foods and performances on both the street and stage.