No.8 Nanko Park
Nanko Park is said to be the oldest park in Japan. It was built by Lord Matsudaira Sadanobu of the Shirakawa Domain in 1801 as a place for the commoners to enjoy. The red weeping benishidarezakura on the grounds of Nanko-jinja Shrine is approximately 200 years old and is said to have been planted by Lord Matsudaira when he had the lake built. Some 800 somei yoshino line the lake for a picturesque sight.
|Address||Nanko, Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture (福島県白河市南湖)|
|Peak bloom||Mid-to-late April|
|Access by train||About 10 minutes by bus from Shin-Shirakawa Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line|
|Access by car||About 15 minutes from Tohoku Expressway Shirakawa IC|