7 Splendid Cherry Blossoms Spots in Katsuyama, Fukui! Easy Access by Hokuriku Shinkansen

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Katsuyama City Prefecture is known as one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Japan. As the harsh winter comes to an end and the snow begins to thaw, cherry blossoms signal the arrival of spring. In this article, we will introduce some must visit cherry blossom spots in this area.

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Katsuyama City has the deepest snow in Fukui Prefecture. You can enjoy the collaboration of snow-capped mountains, clear blue skies, and cherry blossoms unique to this region. The best time to see the flowers in Katsuyama City is from early April to mid-April.

In this article, we will introduce 7 spectacular cherry blossom spots in Katsuyama City Prefecture (Bentenzakura, Kagetsurou, Yasuda Station).We will guide you from popular sights to hidden spots.

1. "Bentenzakura" A Beautiful Scenery of Sakura and the Remaining Snow

The highlight of Benten cherry blossoms is the snow-capped mountains, clear blue skies, and the collaboration with the cherry blossoms.

Approximately 450 Yoshino cherry trees stretch for approximately 1.5km on the right bank of the Kuzuryu River, and are called Hitome Senbon. As you pass through this tunnel of cherry blossoms, you might even encounter a cherry blossom blizzard brought by a pleasant breeze.

Enjoy the collaboration of carp streamers crossing the Kuzuryu River, cherry blossoms, and lingering snow.

[Parking/Access] Free parking is available on the Kuzuryu Riverbed in Benten Ryokuchi. 8 minutes walk from Katsuyama Station.

2. "Kagetsurou" A Weeping Cherry Tree 

The cherry blossoms at Kagetsurou are weeping cherry trees that are over 100 years old. When you look up from below as it sways in the spring breeze, you can't help but be captivated by its historic dignity and elegance.

The building in the background of this weeping cherry tree is the ``Shun Vegetable Festival Kagetsuro'', which was built in 1899.

It is registered as a national tangible cultural property, and you can feel the history. When you look at the building and the weeping cherry blossoms, you will feel as if you have traveled back in time to the Meiji era.

The first floor is a restaurant that is open from 11:00 to 14:00, and is a facility where you can enjoy Fukui's local cuisine and culture.

[Parking] Free parking is available in the Machinaka parking lot (next to Akiyoshi along Honmachi Street). 11 minutes walk from Katsuyama Station.

3. "Minamiohashi Cherry Blossom Trees" A Hidden Sakura Spot  

As you proceed upstream from Katsuyama Bridge, you will see the red bridge "Minami Ohashi" spanning the Kuzuryu River. There are no tall buildings in this area, and the view of the Somei Yoshino cherry trees and the mountains is spectacular, making it a little-known spot where you can leisurely go cherry blossom picking without many people.

[Parking/Access] Approximately 10 minutes by car from Katsuyama IC on the Chubu Jukan Expressway. Please be careful when parking as you will be asked to park on the shoulder of the road.

4. "Hoda Station" A Popular Photo Spot Near the Echizen Railway

The highlight is the row of cherry blossom trees along the Echizen Railway. The scenery is so great that you can't help but let out a "wow" when the train comes into the line.

Echizen Railway, cherry blossoms, and snowy mountains in the background. Why not go and see this precious scene that can only be seen in spring?

[Parking/Access] Approximately 5 minutes by car from Katsuyama IC on the Chubu Jukan Expressway. Or get off at Yasuda Station on the Katsuyama Eiheiji Line.

5. "Katsuyama Castle Museum"Beautiful Combination of Castle and Sakura

Katsuyama Castle Museum is Japan's tallest historical museum built in the style of a castle tower, and exhibits the weapons of feudal lords and textiles from the Edo period. There are many cherry blossoms planted in the garden around Katsuyama Castle Museum, so you can enjoy the four seasons while looking at the castle.

The view from the observation deck on the top floor is full of privacy.

Enjoy the beautiful countryside of Katsuyama while enjoying the Katsuyama Yoshino cherry blossoms.

[Parking/Access] Approximately 13 minutes by car from Katsuyama IC. Free parking is available at Katsuyama Castle Museum. If you are coming by public transportation, take the city circulation bus "Katsuyama Nanbu", "Heisenji/Inose Reservation Bus", or "Dinosaur Bus Dynagon" from Echizen Railway Katsuyama Station and get off at "Katsuyama Castle Museum" and walk. 3 minutes.

6. "Takinami River" Near Dinosaur Museum and Mt. Hakusan

The highlight is the magnificent scenery of cherry blossom trees, blue skies, and snow-capped mountains along the Takinami River, with the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in the distance.

Along the river, Yoshino cherry trees stretch for about 700 meters, allowing you to forget about time and enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Why not enjoy the spring scenery of Katsuyama while feeling the soft spring breeze?

[Parking/Access] Approximately 6 minutes by car from Katsuyama IC. Free parking is available at "Road Parking Dinosaur Highway" along National Route 416.

7. "Daishiyama Seidaiji Temple Echizen Daibutsu" 

Echizen Daibutsu is the largest indoor seated statue in Japan, larger than the Great Echizen Daibutsu in Nara.

Over 1,200 stone Buddha statues are enshrined on the walls of the Great Buddha Hall, making it a popular photo spot.

There are many cherry blossoms blooming in the Japanese garden on the way from the Great Buddha Hall to the five-storied pagoda, and you will feel calm as you take a stroll while watching the carp swimming gracefully.

Please come and see the cherry blossoms blooming in a majestic atmosphere.

[Parking/Access] Approximately 10 minutes by car from Katsuyama IC. Free parking is available at Daishiyama Seidaiji Temple Echizen Daibutsu. If you are coming by public transportation, take the Community Bus (bound for Heisenji) from Katsuyama Station on the Echizen Railway and get off at Echizen Daibutsu, an 8-minute walk.

This time, we introduced seven spectacular cherry blossom spots in Katsuyama City Prefecture.

Have you found a spot you'd like to visit?

If you're in Katsuyama City, be sure to check out the cherry blossoms that can only be seen in spring.

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Katsuyama City is located in the northeastern part of Fukui Prefecture. The city is located on a river terrace formed along the course of the Kuzuryu River, and is a rural city rich in water and greenery, with commerce and industry based on the local textile industry since the Meiji period, and agriculture and forestry having been thriving since ancient times. Our company is a DMO (tourism region development organization) that works with local communities to develop tourist areas. Katsuyama City is a treasure trove of attractive tourist content, including the Dinosaur Museum and Heisenji Temple! We provide detailed services to customers visiting Katsuyama , such as guided tours that allow many people to experience Katsuyama , the Geo Terminal in the parking lot of the Dinosaur Museum, and the operation of the "Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama" Roadside Station , which opened in June 2020. We are also actively challenging ourselves to create new businesses centered around tourism, aiming to revitalize the town of Katsuyama.

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