Summer memories at Oze, Fukushima. 在尾濑夏天的回忆。尾瀬の夏の思い出。2022年7月16日 公開。

Oze National Park includes mountain marshes, highest peak in northern Japan: Mt. Hiuchi,
and a great waterfall: Sanjo Falls. It features untouched wilderness. Please take a look!
尾瀬国立公園は、広大な湿原と高山植物、北日本最高峰: 燧ヶ岳、迫力の三条の滝等を有し、特別天然記念物に指定されています。お楽しみください。ビデオ(6分)をお楽しみください。


Miharu cherry blossoms tour, April 7, 2020. (三春の桜巡り 2020年4月7日。)

(#Fukujuji, cherry blossoms, Miharu, April 7, 2020. #福聚寺 枝垂れ桜 三春 4/7/2020) 
Cherry blossoms season started in Miharu Town. Photo above was a fantastic view of a weeping cherry standing on the ground of Fukujuji Temple. I pedaled through Miharu Town today, viewing some of the famous cherry trees. They are shown below.
三春町では、桜のシーズンが始まりました。写真は、福聚寺の境内にあるすばらしい垂れ桜の姿です。鮮やかに 桜垂れる 福聚寺

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(#Takizakura, cherry blossoms, Miharu, April 7, 2020. #滝桜 三春 4/7/2020)
This was of course a view of the greatest cherry tree in Japan: Miharu Takizakura, a national natural monument which is more than 1000 years old.
滝桜 皆が認める 日本一

(#Takizakura, cherry blossoms, Miharu, April 7, 2020. #滝桜 三春 4/7/2020)
Here is another view of the tree taken from back side.

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In the center of Miharu Town there was a steep slope called Oshirozaka that led to a hill where old Miharu Castle once existed. Photo above shows a large weeping cherry tree that sits on the middle of the slope. There were many other cherry trees on the hill waiting for the best season.

(#Sessonzakura, cherry blossoms, Koriyama, April 7, 2020. #雪村桜 郡山 4/7/2020)
Close to JR Miharu Station, there was an old cherry tree called Sessonzakura as shown above. Actually, the location was in Koriyama. An old painter and monk called Sesson lived in the small hut under the cherry tree more than 400 years ago.

Lastly on the way back home, I stopped at Kowadaki Bridge over the Abukuma River. Cherry blossoms have just started and I could see Mt. Adatara in the far back with the river in front and cherry blossoms on the right as shown in the picture. By the way, at any of the above sites it was very easy to keep safe distance with other people, which was a must against coronavirus.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.

The last Takizakura view of Heisei era, April 22, 2019. (三春滝桜 平成最後の見納め 2019年4月22日。)

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(Takizakura cherry tree, Miharu, April 22, 2019. 三春滝桜 4/22/2019)
Today I visited Miharu Takizakura, a gigantic cherry tree in Miharu Town. It has been in full bloom since April 17th and was in the last moment of its bloom. Sakura petals already flew in the air as the wind blew. Photo above was a view of the tree as of today. This tree, being designated as a national natural monument, is unquestionably the greatest cherry tree in Japan, even on this planet. I would appreciate all the local people who had protected, preserved, and taken care of over the past 1000 years. I’m looking forward to seeing Takizakura blossoms for Reiwa era next year.

The nearest JR station is Miharu of Ban-etsu East Line. The seasonal shuttle bus ended yesterday for this season. Please come and see the tree next year.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
20190422三春滝桜 (560x420)
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