Spring Tohoku

Nicchu Line Weeping Cherry Blossom | Fukushima

Fukushima Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of Japan. Blessed with beautiful nature, there is actually no right or wrong time to visit Fukushima. The prefecture has everything to make your journey memorable.

If you happen to visit Fukushima in spring, make sure to visit Kitakata city where you can see approximately 1,000 weeping cherry trees lining along the old railway track called Nicchu Line.

This impressive cherry blossom spot in Kitakata is considered one of the most beautiful places to see sakura in Tohoku.

Even though there are many other sightseeing spots in the city, this is exceptional and mind-boggling as you take a walk along the railway track for 3 km filled with shidarezakura trees.  

Best time to visit Nicchu Line in spring

Shidarezakura (Weeping cherry blossoms). Photo Credit: Fukushima Prefecture Tourism and Local Products Association.

In general, mid to late-March is the best time to see sakura in Tokyo. When you plan on exploring Tohoku’s major sakura spots, you have to start your journey in early April.

In Kitakata city at Nicchu Line, weeping cherry trees start blooming there in early April and reach their peak bloom around mid April. You are advised to check out Japan’s cherry blossom forecast as peak bloom varies annually.

To be on the safe side, visit the area between mid April and late April.

Shidarezakura of Nicchu Line

Nicchu Line Pink Shidarezakura. Photo Credit: ATSUSHIO ONSEN RYOKAN KYODOU KUMIAI.

Weeping cherry blossoms are called Shidarezakura in Japanese. Native to Japan, this is one of the most popular cherry blossom trees that you can find in the land of the rising sun.

This variety of sakura tree is easy to identify as its flowers bloom on drooping branches, making it resemble a weeping willow tree.

Compared to the Somei-Yoshino cherry tree, Shidarezakura bloom about a week earlier and some bloom later based on the weather of a particular region or a place.

Please note there are various species of weeping cherry trees planted here, which means visitors can see different colors and longer sakura season.

Beautiful shidarezakura and Pedestrians walking along the path.

At Nicchu line, you will see over 1,000 pink weeping cherry trees along a 3 km stretch. Visitors stroll along the old rail line and enjoy the beauty of Shidarezakura’s dropping down branches full of pink blossoms.

The road is pretty long. That’s why some visitors here cycle along the path, which makes it easier for them to explore the entire path thoroughly.

You can rent a bicycle from shops located outside Kitakata station for a couple of hours.

A lot of visitors come here on the weekend during hanami. Photo Credit: ATSUSHIO ONSEN RYOKAN KYODOU KUMIAI.

While walking along the road, you can see some food carts and benches. Buy delicious street food and enjoy a hanami picnicking under the cherry blossom. It’s also worth bringing water and snacks.

Alongside many weeping cherry trees, it is really nice to see a lot of different types of cherry blossoms here. In addition, colorful tulips, daffodils and other spring flowers can be seen here.

The entire route offers many breathtaking views of traditional Japanese spring nature. A steam train is also displayed. This old steam train once was used for locals on Nicchu Line.

Here is the photo of the old steam train.

It is truly a photogenic spot and it will not be surprising for you to walk the entire road holding your phone filming and photographing the surroundings. Nicchu Line is perfect sight to behold without question.

Kitakata city is a great place visit. Spring here is spectacular with those pink blossoms and if you are thinking about the most popular thing the city is famous for then the answer is Kitakata Ramen.

Eat it a lot until you are full! And always remember that the city has no shortage of ramen shops.

How to get there?

Kitakata city is easily accessible via Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo.

Nicchu Line is just a short walk from JR Kitakata Station. You have to walk less than 7 minutes to reach the site.

For those willing to stay overnight in Kitakata city, should prefer staying a night in a hotel situated nearby the station.

Venue: Nicchu Railway Memorial Cycling Pedestrians’ Path.
Time: Mid April – Late April
Parking lot: Yes
Contact: (+81) 241-24-5200, Kitakata Tourism & Local Products Association
Entrance Fee: Free

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