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The cherry trees in Gunma Prefecture typically flower a few days after those in Tokyo. Thus, the prefecture makes a good destination for those missing the season at the capital by a few days. Below is a list of some of Gunma's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

Takasaki

Takasaki Castle Ruins and Takasaki Park

Early to mid April
A 10 minute walk west of Takasaki Station.

Takasaki Kannonyama Park

Early to mid April
Take the Gururin Bus #14 from the west exit of Takasaki Station to the Byakue Kannon-mae bus stop (25 minutes, 200 yen, departures every 80 minutes).

Maebashi

Akagi Senbonzakura

Mid April
The 2021 cherry blossom festival and shuttle buses were cancelled

Maebashi Park

Early to mid April
A 30 minute walk from Maebashi Station. The park is also served by several bus lines that depart from the station (10 minutes, 200 yen, about 1-2 buses/hour).

Shikishima Park

Early to mid April
Take a bus from Maebashi Station (15 minutes, 250 yen, 1-2 departures per hour). Alternatively, the park is about a 10 minute, 1500 yen taxi ride from the station. It can also be reached from Maebashi Park in a 30 minute walk.

Myogi Sakura no Sato

Mid to late April
From Takasaki Station, take the JR Shinetsu Line to Matsuida Station or the Joshin Railway to Shimonita Stations. From both stations, the park can be reached by taxi in about 25 minutes and for around 4000 yen one way.

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