Weeping Cherry Tree

Sitting along the mountainside of one of Hasami’s many mountains towers a large weeping cherry tree. Unlike regular cherry blossom trees, this one has long draping branches that seem to look like the small pink flowers are cascading off of it like a great waterfall.
 
This tree has been prominently displayed for over 100 years, which is why it has such an impressive and stoic presence surrounding it. The rural setting and quiet nature of Hasami also lends to the prominence of such a tree.
 

Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry blossom season in Japan runs from the end of March to mid-April, however, the weeping cherry blossom tree usually starts flowering a week before sakura (cherry blossom) season begins. If you would like to see the cherry blossoms from this tree, the best time to go would be around March 23 – March 27. During the beginning of this time, you will start to see the pink flowers blooming, while around the 27th, the pedals should be in full bloom.

This tree is privately owned, however, the owners graciously allow those who wish to see this tree the opportunity to stop by for a look. Once here you can take as much time as you would like, and enjoy the relaxing scenery. Tea and local food will also be handed out for those who wish to take a break under the tree.

Since the weeping cherry blossom tree is on a hillside, you will need to walk up a steady incline. This is not too difficult, however, and once you reach the top you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the cherry blossom tree and the scenery below.

During the event, there will be places to park. Near the entrance, there will be a few small parking spaces available. Parking attendants will be there to guide you into the right spot. Near the weeping cherry blossom tree is also a walking path. For 7km, we can take a quiet and relaxing riverside walk. This path is surrounded by cherry blossom trees and offers a more traditional stroll through the Japanese countryside.

The cherry blossom season is rather short so if you are traveling through Hasami, this is a must see!

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