[Tosa Shimizu City, Kochi Prefecture] Usubae Sakura Park

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We would like to introduce you to Usubaezakura Park, located at an altitude of approximately 120m in the southern part of Cape Ashizuri Peninsula in Tosashimizu City. Approximately 200 cherry blossom trees of five different types will be at their best from now until mid-April.

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hello everyone. Tosashimizu City Tourism Association.

There are still some cold days, but it's getting warmer day by day.

I feel that authentic spring is approaching.

Now, when many people think of spring traditions, cherry blossoms are probably the first thing that comes to mind.

This time, we will be visiting Usubae Sakura Park, a little-known cherry blossom viewing spot on the Ashizuri Peninsula in Tosashimizu City.

I have interviewed him, so I would like to introduce him to you.

About Usubae Sakura Park

This place is known as Usubae, which is known for its dynamic scenery.

Located near the Tojindaba Ruins, which has become increasingly popular as a power spot in recent years.

This park is located on a hill in the southern part of the Ashizuri Peninsula.

Therefore, if you are going to these spots in April,

It might be a good idea to stop by for a while.

It is not a park that has been developed and maintained on a large scale, but a place with a handmade feel.

I think it's a very relaxing space.

There are also some handmade chainsaw art hidden inside the park.

Please look for it when you visit.

Chainsaw art of sunfish in the park<br>
Chainsaw art of sunfish in the park

Overview of Usubae Sakura Park

There are five varieties of cherry blossoms in the park: Kanzakura, Oshimazakura, Yamazakura, Somei Yoshino, and Satozakura.

Approximately 200 trees have been planted in total.

Therefore, early varieties start flowering around late February, and late varieties can be seen until around mid-April.

Tree-lined avenue at the cherry blossom viewing plaza before full bloom<br>
Tree-lined avenue at the cherry blossom viewing plaza before full bloom

There used to be various play equipment in the park, but it has now been removed due to aging.

There is no play equipment, but it is a large park, so you can run around or enjoy cardboard sledding on the slope.

I think you can play with it in a variety of ways.

A symbolic large tree that used to house a tree house<br>
A symbolic large tree that used to house a tree house

The park is basically a free space, so you can spread out blue tarpaulins wherever you like and enjoy cherry blossom viewing.

table set made of natural stone<br>
table set made of natural stone

Cherry blossom viewing spot overlooking the sea

Usubae Sakura Park is located on a slope at an altitude of approximately 120m.

You can enjoy both the sea and the cherry blossoms from a high position.

If the weather is nice, you can clearly see the horizon, which is the boundary between the sea and the sky.

You can also see large ships sailing offshore.

View from a high point in the park<br>
View from a high point in the park

You can also enjoy spectacular views from the access road to the park.

Usubae Sakura Park Usage Guide

About parking lot

There is space available to park approximately 20 regular passenger cars.

There are no white lines or other markings, so please feel free to use the space on a compromising basis.

About toilets (as of March 2024)

The public toilets in the park are currently under renovation, and two temporary toilets have been installed.

Regarding the current situation as of March 22, 2024

There are almost no visitors as full-fledged flowering has not yet begun.

The only sounds that could be heard were the sounds of boats passing by on the sea in Ashizuri and the chirping of wild birds.

I feel like I want to just lie here all day and read a book.

It was a peaceful space.

Some trees are starting to bloom little by little, and a few trees are already in leaf.

Only one wild cherry tree was blooming, but most of the trees are still in bud.

The best time to see them was likely to be from early to mid-April.

The only wild cherry tree with many flowers<br>
The only wild cherry tree with many flowers
Trees that have partially begun to bloom<br>
Trees that have partially begun to bloom


Google Maps

Access by private car

About 15 minutes from Tosashimizu city center

Proceed along Prefectural Route 27 towards Nakahama/Ohama.

Go through Matsuo Tunnel (the second tunnel from the city side) and turn right at the intersection.

(Information signboard towards Usubae/Matsuo, towards the old road)

After driving about 750m, you will reach the entrance to the Tojindaba ruins.

(The signboard of Kenji Miyazawa Poetry Monument is the landmark)

The entrance will be on the right.<br>
The entrance will be on the right.

You will arrive at the parking lot about 400m from the trailhead.

This chainsaw art sign will welcome you.

Points to note when traveling by private car

Although it is a relatively short section, there are some places on the old road where it is difficult to separate (cars passing each other).

Currently, the Matsuo Tunnel is open and traffic volume has decreased considerably.

It is also on the route of a local bus, so please be careful when driving during this time.

This is the timetable for the bus stop at the entrance to Sakura Park and Tojindaba.<br>
This is the timetable for the bus stop at the entrance to Sakura Park and Tojindaba.

Please be careful if you are accessing Tojindaba from the old road side instead of from the old Ashizuri Skyline.

How to access by public transportation

Get off the Kochi Seinan Kotsu bus at Tojindaba Iriguchi.

Access is only possible westbound (via Nakahama/Ohama) bound for Cape Ashizuri.

Please note that the eastbound route (via Kubotsu) does not pass through this bus stop.

It takes about 30 minutes to ride from "Plaza Pal", the terminal in Tosashimizu City.

From the bus stop, it's about 400 meters away, about a 10 minute walk.

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The Hata region of Kochi Prefecture is located at the southwestern tip of Shikoku, and is a peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean, facing Tosa Bay to the east and Bungo Channel to the west. It is made up of three cities, two towns, and one village: Hara Village. It is a natural powerhouse rich in blessings, including the nationally famous Shimanto River and Cape Ashizuri, the blessings of the Kuroshio Current that flows along the coast, and the blessings of mountains that boast the largest area of ​​forests in the country.

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