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Takada Castle in Niigata prefecture is a castle without any remaining structures or castle tower, which is a rare characteristic. The moat around the castle is also a natural river. This Takada Castle, which is distinct from other castles, stands inside the premises of Takada Park, a famous spot where sakura flowers bloom. The lit up night sakura are especially beautiful and are counted as one of "Japan's top three night sakura." The most popular among this place is "sakura road" with its beautifully shimmering pink sakura. The sakura tunnel with its fascinating lighting is a must see.
- 5-6 Motoshirocho, Joetsu-shi, Niigata
- Contact No.
- About 20-min walk from JR Takada Station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Light up from sunset until 21:00 (Fri, Sat, Sun and full blossom period until 22:00)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60-90 min
- Admission fee
- Best time to see
- Forecast for blooming: 4/4 Forecast for full bloom (peak): 4/8～
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Night Sakura Lit Up with Lanterns
The whole area of Takada Park is filled with a soft light during the night created by 3,000 bonbori (traditional Japanese lanterns). The sakura that are lined up in front of the moat have lights scattered making it look like the lights are floating. There is a refined beauty that is different from the daytime.
Sakura Road is the most beautiful spot in Takada Park to see the sakura. The rows of sakura lined up for 300 meters carry densely blossoming flowers. The sakura that are lit from both sides change color depending on the angle and fascinate its spectators.
Takada Castle Hyakumannin Kan'oukai
Takada Castle Hyakumannin Kan'oukai (million people sakura viewing) is held every year from mid to late April. There are not only around 300 food stands in the park but many events are held here. Special attention goes to the mikoshi (decorative float) being carried between the sakura in full blossom. The collaboration of sakura and mikoshi is a sight that is hardly found elsewhere. The heroic and powerful mikoshi is a must see.
See the Sakura from a Boat
Boat rides are available in the moat that surrounds the castle. Not only can you enjoy the sakura trees from up close but you can also see the reflection of the night sakura on the river surface. It is a different kind of fun than on land, recommended for couples and families.