Japanese people have a special affection towards cherry blossoms, especially when they are found along a river or lit up at night. Visitors can enjoy both these features at one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing events in the Tohoku region: the Ogawara Cherry Blossom Festival. For a reasonable fee you can ride a boat 2 km down the Shiroishi River and be flanked by the “1000 Cherry Blossoms at a Glance”. Or you can enjoy some of the food sold at various stands then park yourself under a nearby tree. Nearby Funaoka Castle Park is also famous for cherry blossoms, flower gardens, and a large Buddhist statue.
Access is via public transport from either JR Ogawara or Funaoka Station and a 10 minute walk. Continue your cherry blossom hunting with a 40 minute train ride away to a famous spot in Fukushima Prefecture.