Miharu Takizakura Cherry Blossom Light up

6:00am – 9:00pm
¥500 (advance sales)¥500 (on the door)

Fukushima’s Miharu Takizakura, known as the “waterfall cherry tree”, is one of Japan’s major cherry blossom trees. In the spring, the 1,000-year-old tree comes to life with bright pink petals covering it.

What happens?

While you can go to visit from 6 a.m., most people wait until the evening to see it illuminated. The viewing period normally starts from the day after the flowers bloom and ends when they have fallen.

Other cherry blossom spots around the town will be illuminated as well, these include:

  • Oshirosaka Weeping Cherry Blossoms (Minami-machi)
  • Sakuradani Weeping Cherry Blossoms (Sakuradani)
  • Jorakuin Cherry Blossoms (Yoken-cho)
  • Fukujuji Cherry Blossoms (Gomen-cho)
  • Yasouchi Kamon Cherry Blossoms (Sakuragaoka)
  • Tamura Omoto Shrine Cherry Blossoms (Yamanaka)
  • Oji Shrine Cherry Blossoms (Omachi)


To see this famous cherry blossom tree, you will need to pay an entry fee of ¥500. Although you can buy your tickets on the day, it is recommended that you buy a ticket in advance online to avoid crowds.

How to get to Miharu Fukushima Cherry Blossom Light up

This famous tree is located in Fukushima, Japan’s third-largest prefecture. For those coming by train, you will need to go to Miharu Station via the JR Ban-estu East Line. From there, you can take a local bus or use the free shuttle bus service. This will be running from Miharu Town Sports Park to the Takizakura Parking Lot. It will run every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends.

If you are driving, you will need to get off at the Funehiki Miharu interchange. Alternatively, you can exit the Ban-estu Expressway at Koriyama Higashi Interchange. There is free car parking available at Takizakura Parking Lot.

Organisers predict that the traffic will get quite busy during the viewing period so remember to set off in good time.

waterfall cherry blossom tree in fukushima
Photo by Getty Images

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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