Each year during Golden Week (April 29th through to May 5th), Aomori's Ashino Park hosts a sakura festival that celebrates the beauty of spring. The park grounds are dotted with over 2000 cherry trees and numerous evergreen pines, and it's such a beautiful sight that it has been listed on Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom viewing spots.
One popular way to appreciate the blooms is from the lake, and there are usually boats available for rent so visitors can take to the water and enjoy the floral beauty from a unique vantage point.
For those who want to make a full day out of their visit, the park is also home to a small zoo with bears, deer, goats, and various bird life.
Ashino Park can be accessed within around five minutes on foot from the Ashinokoen Station, served by the privately-owned Tsugaru Railway Line.
For those who opt to drive, there is on-site parking available for up to 600 vehicles. Usually parking is free of charge, but during the peak sakura season there is a nominal fee.