【 April 07, 2016 】
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【 March 25, 2016 】
In the middle of February ten teachers and twenty students from eight high schools
in Taiwan, visited Inawashiro Town and Fukushima City.
After looking around a ski resort in Listel Ski Fantasia, they had time to get together with Japanese students at Fukushima Seikei High School.
They had chances to exchange information about Taiwanese and Japanese school lives in English and in Japanese. In groups of two or three, Japanese students led their peers from Taiwan. They showed them around the school and grounds while both Japanese and Taiwanese students got to know each other through a series of “ice breakers.”
Zhuo Yiting, in her second year at Kaohsiung Municipal Girls’ Senior High School in Taiwan, said, “I appreciate people in Fukushima prefecture, because they gave me warm hospitality. After trying a sled in Inawashiro Town, I was very impressed with my first experience with snow. I definitely would like to come to Fukushima again. I came to realize differences between Taiwanese and Japanese culture after learning about club activities at Fukushima Seikei High School. From now on, I want to keep a tie with the students.” On the other hand, Madoka Sato, in her second year at Fukushima Seikei High School, said, “Although the Taiwanese students could only speak a little Japanese, I was surprised by their overall language ability. I also want to tell them more about winter attractions, like snow, here in Fukushima prefecture, because it is so different from the mild climate of Taiwan.”
The next day, they visited Tsuruga Castle in Aizuwakamatsu City and Aquamarine Fukushima in Iwaki City. Then they returned to Taiwan.
【 February 23, 2016 】
When the cherry blossoms in Hanamiyama Park of Fukushima,as previously introduced are in full bloom, two towering walls of snow, appear on part of the Bandai Azuma Skyline. They reach a height of around four meters and flank the road that runs about 29 kilometers between Takayu Onsen via Jododaira to the Tsuchiyu mountain pass. The “Snow Corridor” is the awesome name given to the sight which you can see starting in early April. It melts by May. We recommend that you visit Fukushima prefecture early to enjoy cherry blossoms and the Snow Corridor at the same time!!
The Snow Corridor (a highlight of the "Bandai-Azuma Skyline" sightseeing)：http://goo.gl/A8o2Sk
【 February 17, 2016 】
Just as before, we introduce several cherry blossom viewing spots within Fukushima prefecture. At an average of ten days, the life of a cherry blossom is very short. Since Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan and covers different climatic regions, there is more opportunity for you to view cherry blossoms. The long season lasts from early April to mid May. We encourage and recommend you to visit Fukushima prefecture in order to see blooming cherry blossoms!!
■Cherry blossoms in Kasumiga-jo Park（Nihonmatsu-city）
The park is a site of Nihonmatsu-jo, and it is famous for cherry blossom viewing spots. As many as 5,000 cherry blossom trees bloom and the scenery is like a dream, as if the whole castle were covered with thin red haze. It is said that “Kasumiga-jo” is named because of this reason. The place is lit up in the night during the Cherry Blossom Festival which is held from early April to early May when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
Access: 5 min drive from Tohoku Expressway Nihonmatsu IC
20 min walk from JR Tohoku Line Nihonmatsu Station
■Weeping Cherry on the Nicchu Line（Kitakata-city）
At the site of the now-defunct Nicchu Line approximately 1,000 weeping cherry blossom trees grow and thrive. These rows of trees, beginning from 300 meters west of Kitakata Station, spread a great distance and continue for about three kilometers. It is one of Japan's largest arboretums and spectacular to behold. Also nearby, you can check out an antique steam train on display.
Season: Mid April - early May
Access: 20 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Aizuwakamatsu IC
5 min walk from JR Banetsu West Line Kitakata Station
■Cherry blossoms in Baryo Park（Soma-city）
There are approximately 600 Yoshino cherry blossom trees in the park. The contrast with moat of the Soma Nakamura shrine and evergreen trees is beautiful. It is a famous place of cherry blossoms and every year there is a light up service at night. You can enjoy seeing cherry blossoms illuminated by the lights from paper lanterns at night. The rows of cherry blossom trees on the sando (road which runs from the torii to a shrine) is especially beautiful.
Season: Early - mid April
Access: 10 min drive from Joban Expressway Soma IC
20 min walk from JR Joban Line Soma Station
【 February 10, 2016 】
We will introduce several cherry blossom viewing spots in Fukushima prefecture. Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan and is divided into three regions by two mountain ranges. Every year, from early April to mid May, you can enjoy cherry blossoms somewhere in Fukushima prefecture because of different blooming times due to geographical features and climate in each region. In addition to these spots, Fukushima has numerous other cherry blossom viewing spots, so we truly recommend you to visit Fukushima prefecture in the spring!!
This park was opened by a farmer who grows flowers and trees. You can enter it for free. As approximately seventy kinds of flowers such as plum blossoms, Tokaizakura cherry blossoms, rosebud cherry blossoms, Yoshino cherry blossoms, golden bells, Japanese quince blossoms and Hana peach blossoms bloom simultaneously, the scenery is very beautiful. You should not fail to see the contrast of the Azuma mountain range covered with snow and the flowers in the park.
Season: Early-late April usual
Access: 30 min drive from Tohoku Expressway Fukushima-Nishi IC
Get on a bus circulating Watari district at Fukushima Station on the JR Tohoku Shinkansen or the JR Tohoku Line. It is a twenty minute walk from the “Hanamiyama koen iriguchi” bus stop.
*There are special bus services at Fukushima Station on the JR Tohoku Line or the JR Tohoku Shinkansen only during the blossoming.
This is a weeping red cherry tree of Edohigan cherry blossoms and is specified as a national monument. It is one of the three most famous cherry blossom trees in Japan, and is estimated to be beyond one thousand years old. The height of the tree is 13.5 meters and the trunk circumference is 11.3 meters. You will be impressed with its huge figure when viewed from up close.
Season: Mid-late April usual
Entrance fee: Adult: ¥300/Free for junior high school students and younger
Access: 20 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Funehiki-Miharu IC
15 min by taxi from JR Banetsu East Line Miharu Station
*There are special bus services at Miharu Station on the JR Banetsu East Line only during the blossoming.
◇Kannonji River Cherry Trees（Inawashiro-town）
At this site there are Yoshino cherry blossoms planted along both sides of Kannonji River. These rows of trees spread a great distance, beginning 100 meters north of Kawageta Station and continuing northward for about one kilometer. Pink from full blooms of cherry blossoms and green of grass around the bank reflect over the river and create some beautiful scenery. You can appreciate Edohigan cherry blossoms, weeping cherry tree, wild cherry blossoms as well as Yoshino cherry blossoms.
Season: Late April usual
Access: 10 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Inawashiro-Bandai-Kogen IC
3 min walk from JR Banetsu West Line Kawageta Station