Besides the beauty of historic townscape, Kakunodate town is known for two seasonal festivals: Cherry blossom festival in spring and Yama Festival in early autumn.
|Cherry Blossoms on Bukeyashiki-dori in April-May|
|Yama Festival in September|
Now is our time of perseverance amid the 3.11 earthquake aftermath. Many businesses relating to the tourism industry are forced to downsizing the operation or voluntarily refraining from normal promotional campaign. The industry largely affected by the decreased number of travelers and consumers who are steered away from Tohoku area. (Read related post.)
This year, Kakunodate’s “Cherry Blossoms Festival” has been renamed as “Ganbaro Tohoku: Kakundoate’s Cherry Blossom”, in which some exuberant festivity will be downsized, but visitors will be welcomed with some illuminations and food stands at one of the 100 most beautiful sakura viewing spots of Japan!
Ganbaro Tohoku! Kakunodate’s Cherry Blossoms
Friday, April 22nd – Thursday, May 5th, 2011.
Illumination of Cherry Blossom Trees
Someiyoshino Trees along the Hinokinai River --- From Sunset to 22 p.m.
Shidarezakura Trees on Bukeyashiki-dori --- From 18:30 – 22:00 p.m.
Hokosha Tengoku ("Pedestrian's Heaven")
A street is closed for street vendors and food tents
April 23, 24, 29, May 1-4.
More Info: Kakunodate Tourist Association