Hitachi Cherry Blossom Festival & UNESCO Cultural Heritage (Hitachi City)
From early to mid-April around 14,000 cherry trees fill the city of Hitachi with pink blossoms. During the cherry blossom festival, the cherry trees on Heiwa Street and in Juo Panorama Park are illuminated at night. The festival is recognised as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful cherry blossom areas!
On the first weekend in April, a spectacular parade takes place on Heiwa Street. During the parade, 15m high 8m wide festival floats are pulled down Heiwa Street. Traditional puppet shows take place on the floats. These puppet shows are said to have been performed since the middle of the Edo Period and are recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Heiwa Street, Hitachi City
Hitachi City Tourism Association
By car: around 5 minutes from Hitachi-Chuo IC on the Joban Expressway.
HOURSHitachi Cherry Blossom Festival: early April to mid-April.
Parade and puppet show floats: first weekend in April