No.77 Iwagami Fureai Forest

This forest began with plantings of somei yoshino over eight hectares in 1958 and expanded to plantings of 10,000 sakura in 22 varieties across 30 hectares from 1973 to 1975. The hard soil and harsh winters have taken their toll on the trees, which number around 3,000 today thanks to the conservation efforts of local groups. The various varieties take turns blooming from late April to late May and are especially picturesque around the small reservoir.


General information

Address 32 Aza Iwagamisawa, Azuma, Odate, Akita Prefecture (秋田県大館市東字岩神沢32)
Peak bloom Late April–late May
Access by train 15 minutes by bus from Odate Station on the Ou Main Line, get off at Naganeyama-undokoen-mae bus stop, and then 10 minutes on foot
Access by car About 45 minutes from Tohoku Expressway Towada IC