No.25 Funaoka Castle Park

Funaoka Castle Park is a popular spot for sakura viewing, with around 1,000 somei yoshino, a small mountain where the former Funaoka Castle stood until the Meiji Restoration, a river lined with sakura on its banks, and even a slope car that travels up and down the mountain. A 24-meter Kannon (Avalokitesvara) statue now stands where the castle once stood as a symbol of peace and security. The Shibata Sakura Festival is held here each April.


General information

Address Aza Tateyama, Oaza Funaoka, Shibata Town, Shibata County, Miyagi Prefecture (宮城県柴田郡柴田町大字船岡字舘山地内)
Peak bloom Early-to-mid-April
Access by train About 15 minutes on foot from Funaoka Station on the Tohoku Main Line
Access by car About 20 minutes from Tohoku Expressway Shiroishi IC or about 15 minutes from Murata IC