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[Sakura in Sunpu Castle Park, on the ruins of Ieyasu Tokugawa's Castle]

Never mind about the 450 sakura trees - the "Ogosho Hanami Gyoretsu" is a must-see!

The park is built on the ruins of Sunpu Castle, where Lord Ieyasu spent the final years of his life, and is a well-known for sakura destination. In an average year from the end of March, the approximately 450 somei-yoshino sakura trees planted in the park and along the banks of the moat burst into blossom proudly, and crowds of visitors flock to enjoy hanami. The sakura are lit up at night. Sakura aside, there's one more unmissable sight to see here. If you walk around the moat you'll be treated to the magical sight of a "hanaikada", or "flower raft", created as the sakura blossom petals flutter down from the trees, settle on the surface of the water and drift elegantly round.
Viewing period End of March to beginning of April
Event Shizuoka Festival
Period April 7th to 9th, 2017 (Planned)
Highlights include the "Ogosho Hanami Gyoretsu" (Historical Parade), which recreates the spectacle of Lord Ieyasu and all his retainers processing out to enjoy hanami together. ("Ogosho" roughly means "powerful person".)
* Depending on the weather, natural conditions etc., it may not be possible to see views like the ones in the photos / articles above. Furthermore, blooming and event schedules may vary.
Address 1 Sunpujokoen, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka
Phone +81-54-251-5880 (Shizuoka Convention and Visitors Bureau) (Japanese only)
Access Approx. 15-minute walk from the north exit of "Shizuoka Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.

updated on Aug 31, 2016

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