|Ume (Japanese Apricot) Flower||Cherry Blossom|
|Other Flowers||Koinobori (Carp Streamers)|
|Hina Festival||Other Events|
About 35,000 trees of Ume (Japanese plum) with red and white colors bloom spreading over the large hilly area of about 50 ha. During the festival, various events including photo shoots of models, Japanese drum performance, pounding mochi (rice cake) and so on will be organized.
Enjoyable events such as blowing the seed of ume, free distribution of ume dishes, bingo game, stage performances and so on are held at Ecole. Also, beautiful flowers of ume of about 70,000 trees are in full bloom during late February through late March.
About 100,000 ume trees are planted on the hill where has a panoramic view of Kanto Plain. When they are in bloom, the entire area is covered with pure white flower and flagrance of ume as you can enjoy a special moment there.
About 650 cherry trees in total of 4 places in Tatebayashi City are in bloom. Combination of cherry blossoms with carp streamers which are raised during the same period in daytime and fantastic scenery of flower which are lit up by paper lanterns in nighttime can be enjoyed.
3,000 cherry trees are in full bloom surrounding Byakue Dai-Kannon, the symbol of Takasaki City. Cherry blossoms which are lit up in nighttime is also a sight to see.
Ii is a festival with the heroic parade of citizens with costume of samurai warrior in the Warring States Period amid cherry blossoms in full bloom.
It boasts a 2 km road lined with a row of cherry trees that has been counted as one of the 100 famous places for cherry blossom in Japan. “Miyagi Senbonzakura no Mori” has recently made nearby with charming carpet of moss phlox which create splendid scenery in company with cherry blossoms.
From early April cherry blossoms including Someiyoshino and weeping cherry bloom and you can enjoy its contrast with pine grove within the park. The park also holds ponds for boat riding and fishing where you can admire cherry blossoms reflecting on the surface. Weeping cherries are lit up when they are in bloom.
1,500 paper lanterns are lighted at Numata park where boasts about 210 cherry trees. Bell tower and “Goten-zakura” which age is said to be over 400 years are beautifully lit up toward evening.
For the park is located higher than the city town, cherry blossom can be enjoyed in slightly later season. The park boasts 3,000 cherry trees including 1,500 Someiyoshino trees. They will be lit up in nighttime.
1,000 Someiyoshino cherry trees will be in bloom during late March to early April and about 5,000 azaleas with 30 varieties including Kirishima azalea will be in bloom during mid-April to mid-May.
It is a spot for cherry blossom viewing utilizing the hilly area at the foot of Mt. Myogi. It boasts over 5,000 cherry trees with about 45 varieties including Someiyoshino and double cherry blossom. You can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms for about a month since each variety has slightly different flowering time.
At the festival, various events can be enjoyed: “the procession of samurai warriors” by citizen with the costume of samurai in the Warring States Period, “Rokusai-ichi”, the market selling local agricultural products and “Haiku Gathering of Yayoi” and so on.
At a mountain village, adonis and about 1,000 ume trees with years of utmost care by local people bloom beautifully.
“Iwajuku no Sato” is known for Iwajuku ruins and also for dogtooth violet growing in colonies which is one of the famous area in Kanto Region. Purple flowers bloom on the hilly area of Mt. Inari. Also, cherry blossoms at the bank of a marsh nearby can be enjoyed from early April, right after the flowering time of dogtooth violet and are lit up in nighttime.
Higashiagatsuma Town is one of Japan’s leading producing area of daffodil. From Late March to Mid-April, you can see yellow color of daffodil across the town.
Norn Minakami where boast many skiers in winter changes into the flower garden in Spring! 1,000,000 daffodils with 70 varieties are in bloom with fresh flagrance covering the large garden. Splendid scenery of Mt. Tanigawa also can be enjoyed from the peak.
About 150,000 tulips are in full bloom decorating the entire park beautifully.
1,000,000 shrubs of moss phlox and nemophilas blooming in the large area of about 18 ha can be enjoyed.
3 colors (red, white, and pink) of moss phlox were planted in line drawing vivid whorl and waviness as it is imagined the dress of Orihime.
About 10,000 shrubs of azaleas with 50 varieties, including Yamatsutsuji which has over 800 years old and height of 5 m, are in bloom.
Shorenji Temple which holds a history as a branch castle of Shiroi Castle is now commonly known as “peony temple”. In its undulating Japanese garden, 1,500 shrubs of peony with about 90 varieties can be enjoyed.
It is a temple which has a relation with Nitta Yoshisada who is a famous warrior in the Warring State Period. 3,500 shrubs of peony with about 90 varieties decorate the temple with their large flowers.
Within the park, a 250 m-long wisteria trellis and Wisteria garden with 45 varieties are arranged. They are also lit up in nighttime.
over 150,000 shrubs of rhododendron with large pink flower spread over at the foot of magnificent Mt. Asama. There are hiking trails arranged within the park for to enjoy nature from fresh green to autumnal foliage.
During the flowering time of about 7,000 roses in the park, sale of rose grown in the city and other various kinds of events are organized.
About 1,400 roses with 250 varieties are in bloom gorgeously in the park.
About 6,000 koinobori (carp streamers) are raised in 5 Places including Tsuruuda River in the city.
This is one of Nakanojo’s traditional events in spring held on 5 May which is the same time with the festival of Chikato Shrine nearby. About 100 Koinobori (carp streamers) are raised up on the wire stretched from halfway up Mt. Take.
About 800 koinobori (carp streamers) are raised over Kanna River and various events are organized.
Across 10 places in the city, various 2,000 Hina dolls including seven-steps-decoration of Hina, wooden dolls, small Hina dolls, “Kyoho-bina” which was in fashion in the Edo Period welcome you.
This festival is annually held to celebrate the Doll’s Festival at Ikaho Onsen. Pre-school children with beautiful Hina costumes and light make-up line on the special tiered doll stand which utilized the stone steps covered with scarlet felt mat.
As the annual event, Yubatake which is the symbol of Kusatsu Onsen are lit up beautifully. Decorated with colorful lights, yubatake holds different atmosphere than usual.
After solemn ritual at Akagi Shrine, a large number of cheerful men and women carry the portable shrine in the shape of “Daija (giant serpent)” and parade through the town of Oigami Onsen.
With costumes full in unique idea, people run through the Kyu Nakasendo (one of old highways in the Edo Period) starting from Annaka Castle ruins to Kumano Shrine.
Copyright © 2012 Bureau of Tourism, GUNMA Prefectural Government All Rights Reserved.