Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura is the most famous and popular cherry blossom viewing spot in the Gunma Prefecture. The scenery of a beautiful tunnel created by light pink cherry blossom flowers is unforgettable. About 1,400 cherry blossom trees bloom every year in the Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura, which literally means 1,000 cherry blossom trees at the bottom of Mount Akagi.
There is a great view of Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura and it is a major sightseeing spot for Maebashi City. The area was chosen as one of the “100 Best Sakura Viewing Points in Japan” by Nihon Sakura no Kai Foundation and about 100,000 tourists visit every year. Nearly 60 year old cherry blossom trees are planted along both sides of the road for about 1.3 kilometers to make a beautiful cherry blossom tunnel.
The Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura Festival is held from the beginning to the middle of April and cherry blossom trees are illuminated by bonbori (a Japanese lamp with a paper shade) from the sunset to 9:30 PM. Cherry blossom trees tend to have a different color when lit up by the soft orange lights of Bonbori lamp illumination. During the festival, you can buy fresh agricultural products that are locally produced at the bottom of Mount Akagi, watch folk entertainment, street performances, live music and other various stage performances that will make you excited.
Next to the Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura, there is a park named Miyagi Senbonsakura no Mori (Woods of 1,000 cherry blossom trees in Miyagi district). Here, flowers of Shibazakura bloom from the middle of April to the beginning of May, so you are able to enjoy both beauties of cherry blossom and moss phlox flowers at the same time.
There is another sightseeing spot in Naegashima-machi, Maebashi, Gumma. At Akagi Kronenberg, you will find an interactive theme park where you can experience a European atmosphere through fresh air and beautiful nature. Kronenberg is a fictional town name that means “Hill of the Kings” in German, it is a place where you can have a luxury time if you wish. At this German style area near the bottom of Mount Akagi, you can try cuisines such as homemade sausage, local brew, freshly baked bread and baumkuchen. The entrance fee for Akagi Kronenberg is 1,200 yen per adult, 600 yen for a child and free of charge for babies under 3 years old.
The best time to view the cherry blossoms of Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura is from the beginning to the middle of April.
It takes about 20 minutes to reach from Jomo Electric Railway “Ogo Station” by Furusato Bus. You will need to make a reservation on the day of boarding (Tel: 027-283-3122). It is a 5-minute walk after getting off at Denryoku Chuo Kenkyusho Mae. Additional temporary shuttle buses run between JR Maebashi Station or Akagi Station of Tobu Kiryu Line and Akagi Nanmen during the festival period. The bus from Akagi Station is available only Saturday and Sunday during the festival period. In the case that you would like to use a car, during the Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura Festival there is a 500-yen parking fee.
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Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura
Address: 2511-2 Ninagashima-cho, Maebashi City, Gumma Prefecture
Access: 20 minute bus ride from Ogo Station on Jomo Electric Railway and 5 minute walk after getting off at the stop, Denryoku Chuo Kenkyusho Mae
Website: Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura (Japanese)