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November 15, 2014 - Sakurayama Koen: Fall Colors and Winter-blooming Cherry Blossoms

Sakurayama Koen in Onishi area, Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture is known for its "fuyu-zakura", or winter-blooming cherry blossoms. These sakura, while by no means as full as their spring blooming cousins, provide a great opportunity to see the flowers if you can't visit Japan during spring. They are usually blooming from about mid-November through December.

The extremely lucky can sometimes catch these flowers in sync with the fall colors for some really beautiful pictures.

As you can see from the above picture, the trees are hardly starting to show now. The hillside should be much whiter. As it is, I estimate a good 2-3 weeks before seeing peak from these flowers.

Unfortunately, this year's fall colors are in full swing, and probably reach peak this week, so there wont be many pictures of both this year. Some years you win, some years you don't.

Around the lake area were some very nice colors. Some trees are peak now, and a few are getting there quickly but still showing some green.

Lanterns and lights are placed around the ground for the light-up at night.

Sakurayama Koen can be reached by train to Shinmachi Station on the Takasaki (or Shonen-Shinjuku) Line then by bus. You can also take the Hachiko Line to Gunma-Fujioka station and catch a bus there as well.

However, there are frequent buses to Sakurayama direct from Tokyo, so JTB might have some information on tours for those interested.

Finally, if you've got time or are driving yourself, I also recommend nearby Joumine Koen on the Saitama side, which has a different feel but no less beautiful colors and blossoms. (See my previous trip report on Joumine)


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2015/11/19 - Shiobara Onsen, Tochigi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Miyazaki City
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Nichinan Coast and Cape Toi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Takachiho, Miyazaki
2015/08/27 - Southern Kyushu: Kumamoto Castle
2015/08/25 - Southern Kyushu: Ibusuki and Kirishima
2015/08/24 - Southern Kyushu: Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
2015/08/03 - Tambara Lavender Park
2015/07/13 - Event: Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium
2015/05/01 - Kanna-machi Koi-no-Bori Festival
2015/05/01 - Wisteria Festival in Fujioka
2014/11/15 - Sakurayama Koen: Fall Colors and Winter-blooming Cherry Blossoms
2014/11/15 - Ueno-mura Sky Bridge and Fall Colors
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 1: Gifu City and Gujo Caves
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 2: Gujo City and Shirakawa-go
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 3: Hida Takayama
2014/07/02 - Rainy Season around Tokyo: Hydrangea Flowers
2014/05/27 - Road Trip: Yamadera, Yamagata
2014/05/26 - Road Trip: Yonezawa, Yamagata
2014/05/19 - Roadtrip Fukushima's Ouchijuku
2014/05/16 - Roadtrip: Aizu-Wakamatsu
2014/04/30 - Climbing Gunma's Mt. Myogi
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 2: Tokyo Report
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 1: Gunma Plums
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 1
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 2
2013/10/30 - Cosmos and Mt. Myogi
2013/10/01 - Fall Flowers: Higanbana
2012/12/01 - Winter Cherry Blossoms at Joumine Kouen
2012/11/18 - Annual Coco Harvest Festival
2012/11/11 - Ueno Cat cafe ''Nekomaru''
2012/11/10 - Tokyo Design Festa vol.36 at Odaiba
2012/11/04 - Utsunomiya, Tochigi Gyoza Festival