Enjoy watching 600 Sakura trees along Asuwa River at ‘Asuwayama Park’
Apr 26, 2021
When speaking of famous hanami or flower-viewing spots in Fukui, a place that is certainly mentioned is ‘Asuwayama Park’, where we can watch the 600 cherry blossom trees line up along the Asuwa River running through downtown Fukui City.
From late March until early April of every year, visitors get to stroll through a fairytale-like 2.2-kilometer-long pink tunnel of cherry blossoms, one of the longest in Japan.
The incredible scenery is listed ー alongside the nearby Asuwayama Park ー as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. At the center of the park stands the 370-year-old weeping cherry tree of the Asuwa Shrine, a site of beauty very well worth the 10-minute walk from the river!
Every year, as the trees come into bloom, the Fukui Sakura Festival is held across the city center. For the occasion, street stalls offering seasonal goods and local specialties pop up along the river.
At night, the trees are lit up, making for yet another unique sight. Paper lanterns made by local schoolchildren ー on which they each wrote some of their favorite things in lifeー are also put up throughout the hanami season. This Asuwa Bonbori project was inspired by the work of a late Fukui poet, Tachibana Akemi.
For this year’s edition of the event, nighttime illuminations took place not only along the river, but also at other cherry blossom spots across the city, and around the Fukui Station and the Hamamachi entertainment district. Who knows what kind of fun events will be planned around here in the future for sakura season.
- How to get there
The cherry blossoms of the Asuwa River are located a 10-minute walk away from the JR Fukui Station
7-58 Yamaokucho, Fukui, 918-8009, Japan