In 1875, three years after the dismantling of Takato Castle, the decision was passed to turn the area into a park following the governmental policy of modernization. This decision lead to Takato Castle Ruins becoming the famous cherry blossom viewing spot it is today.

In 1876 a local samurai dug up cherry trees from Sakura-no-baba and planted them in the park. Sakura-no-baba was a stable located under Takato Castle. It was where samurai used to train their horses in the Edo period. They planted the large cherry trees that lined the sides of the stable in the park.

The cherry trees planted here became the forebearers of the current cherry trees in Takato Castle Ruins Park. Today, there are about 1,500 cherry trees planted around the castle ruins. Twenty trees are more than 130 years old, and around 500 trees are estimated to be over 50 years old.

Another reason why the cherry trees in Takato Joshi Park are unique is because of their variety. In 1960, Takato Joshi Park was designated a natural monument by Nagano Prefecture as the Kohigan Cherry Blossom Forest of Takato.

The small reddish flowers are the defining characteristic of the Takato-kohiigan cherry blossoms. The tree's trunk is impressive as it twists and turns like a dragon.

Address Takatomachi Higashitakato, Ina, Nagano 396-0213
〒396-0213 長野県伊那市高遠町東高遠
Directions

From Nagoya Station, take the JR Chuo Line and ride the Limited Express Shinano No. 7 bound for Nagano to Shiojiri Station.

At Shiojiri Station, take the JR Chuo Line and ride the local train for Tatsuno to Tatsuno Station.

At Tatsuno Station, take the JR Iida Line and ride the local train bound for Tenryukyou to Ina-shi Station.

At Ina-shi Station, take the Nougyo-Koukou - Ina - Takato - Takato-Koukou bus bound for Takato Station, and get off at the Takato Station bus stop.

Take a bus bound for Takato Station, get off at the Takato Station stop, and walk 17 minutes from Takato Station.

Business hours

Open 24 hours
Cherry Blossom Festival (April 1 to April 30)
Regular hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
During peak season: 6 am to 9 pm
(Note: Peak season is from the third bloom to the beginning of the fall)

Holidays

Open all year round

Contact

0265-78-4111

Price

Cherry Blossom Festival (April 1 to April 30)
Individuals: Adults ¥500, Elementary and junior high school students ¥250
Group: Adults: ¥400, Elementary and junior high school students: ¥200

Note 1: Adults include people of high school age and older.
Note 2: Groups are 20 or more people

Average visit length

One hour

Websites Official Site(JPN)http://www.inacity.jp/kankojoho/sakura_meisho/takatojoshi_sakura/kankopamphlet.html

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