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Seasonal highlight Spring

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In the spring, touring the famous flower spots of Hyogo Prefecture is recommended. There are many locations in the prefecture for standard cherry blossom viewing. Furusato Sakura-zutsumi Kairo is a corridor of about 50,000 cherry trees along a stretch of river with a total length of about 170 kilometers that connects the Seto Naikai Inland Sea and Sea of Japan.The blossoming of these trees signals the start of spring in Hyogo Prefecture. A series of other flowers also reach their peak including field mustard, tulips, alpine flora, and wisteria. Also, in terms of gourmet foods, seafood such as Akashi sea bream and firefly squid are in season this time of year.

Cherry tree (Kobe, Hanshin) of Shikugawa Park

The sides of Shuku-gawa River, which flows through Nishinomiya City, are lined with about 1,700 cherry trees on a 2.8-km stretch that runs from north to south. This is a famous location on the list of the 100 Best Well-Known Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan. Here, it is possible to view numerous cherry tree varieties.Among these are cherry trees that are unique to Nishinomiya City.Each year in early April, the Nishinomiya Cherry Blossom Festival is held.As such, the time for enjoying cherry blossoms here is early April.

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Tulip (Harima) of Hyogo Prefectural Flower Center

Hyogo Prefectural Flower Center in Kasai City is one of Japan’s best botanical gardens for flowers and plants, and it makes use of an approximately 46-hectare virgin forest of pines as-is. Each year from late March through late April, a tulip festival is held here. The sight of 220,000 tulips in 500 species in bloom is captivating.

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Cherry tree (Tajima) of Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen in Toyooka City is a famous hot spring with 1,400 years of history. It features seven hot spring facilities well-known as places for “sotoyu meguri” (visiting hot spring facilities outside the hotel/inn where one is staying).Each of the hot springs has unique characteristics that bathers can experience. Otani-gawa River here is lined with cherry trees from Kiyamachi-dori Street to Onsen-ji Temple and Yakushi Park. In the evening, there is a light-up of the cherry trees during the cherry blossom season, and cherry blossom viewing can be enjoyed while stopping by the seven public bathhouses.

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Kyu-shaku Fuji (tamba) of Byakugouji Temple

Byakugo-ji Temple in Tamba City was established in 705 and thus has a long history. The wisteria flowers on the temple grounds have very long stalks, so are sometimes called “kushakufuji,” referring to their length in Japanese. The appearance of these flowers drooping as if they are showering down is breathtaking. From the beginning of May to the middle are in full bloom, and festival is held at flowering time, too.

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Field mustard (Awaji) of Awaji Hanasajiki

Awaji Hana Sajiki Garden is located on a hilly area on the north side of Awaji Island. The surface of an expansive flower garden extends across a gently-sloping plateau toward the sea at an elevation of 298 to 235 meters. There is thus an expansive panorama of flowers against the backdrop of Akashi Strait and Osaka Bay, and these pretty flowers create a dreamlike world. In the spring, field mustard blossoms, and the scenery looks almost like a yellow carpet. The best time for viewing this is late through mid April.

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