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Two Amazing Cherry-Blossom Viewing Locations

Okayama City’s Asahi River Sakura Road and Tsuyama City’s Kakuzan Park could easily be called two of Japan’s largest and popular venues for cherry-blossom viewing.
Come and enjoy lunch or delicious sake under the branches of a cherry tree, and see what Japan’s cherry-blossom viewing tradition is all about!

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A Beautiful Avenue Lined with Some 200 Cherry Trees

Asahi River Sakura Road
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Asahi River Sakura Road

Witness a marvelous view of rows of cherry trees along the Asahi River as it flows through the center of Okayama City. Easily accessible from Okayama Station and close to Okayama Korakuen Garden, this cherry-blossom viewing spot is perfect for a casual visit.

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Nearby Recommended Sights Accessible on Foot

When visiting Okayama, two must-see historic sights are Okayama Korakuen Garden-awarded 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan-and Okayama Castle-awarded 1 star in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

Okayama Korakuen Garden
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Okayama Korakuen Garden

Designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, this daimyo’s garden is considered one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. 

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Okayama Castle
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Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle, with its eye-catching black main keep, is one of Japan’s top 100 castles. Inside the castle, visitors can also find cultural experience facilities and a cafe.

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Specialty Gourmet Dishes that Pair Well with Hanami

Delicious food and drinks are indispensable for hanami (cherry-blossom viewing).

Oniwasodachi Bento Box (Spring)
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Oniwasodachi Bento Box (Spring)

This bento box is made with spring ingredients only sold at Okayama Korakuen Garden (reservation required).

Doppo
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Doppo

Doppo’s alcoholic beverages are made from natural juices including peaches and Muscat grapes produced in Okayama.

Castle Parfait
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Castle Parfait

A famous parfa it only available at Okayama Castle!

桜背景 Looking down on cherry blossoms from the stone wall gives a superb view.

Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)
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Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)

With some 1,000 cherry trees, this popular venue has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom sites. The carpet of cherry blossoms stretching out below the stone wall is beautiful beyond imagination. After sunset, visitors can enjoy the park in a different light as the trees are illuminated.

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Recommended Sights

Tsuyama City, located on the northern part of Okayama Prefecture, is a perfect place for visitors to stroll around old streets and visit historic spots.

Joto Historical Preservation District
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Joto Historical Preservation District

Covering some 1.2 km, the Joto Historical Preservation District is an old townscape where Japan’s history and culture come to life. If you get tired along the way, “Orandado” is a nice place for a tea break.

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Shurakuen Garden
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Shurakuen Garden

Shurakuen Garden is the second largest daimyo garden in the prefecture after Okayama Korakuen Garden. Admission is free, so all visitors are welcome to explore the garden.

Enjoy Hanami with Local Gourmet Dishes and a Beer in Hand!

The many unique dishes made with beef from Tsuyama, a Japanese beef production area, are a delicious companion for hanami (cherry-blossom viewing).

Tsuyama Horumon Udon
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Tsuyama Horumon Udon

This dish, a combination of fresh horumon (beef offal) and udon (thick wheat noodle), is one of Tsuyama’s local specialties.

Sakushu Tsuyama Beer
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Sakushu Tsuyama Beer

This easy-to-drink beer, made using special malt and hops, comes in various interesting flavors.

Dried Meat
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Dried Meat

Only enjoyable in Tsuyama, this sun-dried beef snack packs an intense flavor.

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