Visiting hours are usually between 6:00-18:00, but they are extended until 20:30 during the light up period.
How much does it cost to visit?
Miharu Town asks for visitors to pay 300 yen to visit the tree. This money goes towards the continued conservation efforts towards Miharu Takizakura.
By Public Transport
Local public buses have is increased service during cherry blossom season. Increased Service Public Bus
April 7th – April 15th 2018. These buses leaves from outside Miharu Station.
The dates of increased service differ from year to year. For 2018, service was increased between April 7th and April 15th. For 2019, service was increased between April 6th and April 21st.
A 1 Day pass on the public bus costs 1,000 yen per adult. (If you live locally, please note that you can’t use your Noruca Card on the bus)
Tip: If you want to go and see the sakura in other areas of Miharu Town, get off at Miharu Town Office (三春町役場前) or Chuo Omachi (中央大町) bus stop on your way back from Takizakura.
Free Shuttle Bus
A free shuttle bus runs regularly between Miharu Town Exercise Park (三春町運動公園）(map here) & the Miharu Takizakura.
The dates that the shuttle bus run differ from year to year. For 2018, shuttle bus service ran between April 7th and April 15th. For 2019, the shuttle bus service ran between April 12th and April 21st.
Be aware that the last shuttle bus from Takizakura might leave at 17:00 despite the Light Up events that occur during cherry blossom season that run until later in the evening.
Getting to Miharu Station
The local buses mentioned above depart from Miharu Station.
You can get to Miharu Station (map here) via the JR Ban’etsu East Line from Koriyama Station. The train from Koriyama Station – a major station – only takes 12 minutes. For information on reaching Koriyama Station, please refer to my post here.
Here are some terms in English and Japanese to help you decipher bus timetables!
- 滝桜 Miharu Takizakura
- 三春駅 Miharu Station
- 滝桜方面 Heading to Miharu Takizakura
- 三春駅方面 Heading to Miharu Station
Taxis from Miharu Station must be booked in advance so it is likely to be difficult to get a taxi on the day of your visit without ringing up in advance. Bookings via phone in Japanese only.
The closest I.C. (interchange) to Takizakura is Funehiki Miharu, but this I.C. gets very busy during hanami season, so it’s recommended to get off the Ban’etsu Expressway at Koriyama Higashi I.C. From this I.C., the tree is a 30 min drive (12.6km).
During cherry blossom season, visitors coming by car are likely to have to queue for quite a bit. When I drove to Miharu Takizakura this year (2019) during the week on a day when it had reached full bloom, I had to queue for about 40 minutes to get into the car park from 1km away.
On the plus side, I didn’t have to queue to get out of the car park.
The instructions about where to park are a little difficult so I’ve made a map (see below).
If you’re using a GPS system in your car, you can enter the map code: 300 840 492*42
By the way, the car park is free!
Walking from the Bus Stop and Car Park
The buses stops in the large car park. From the car park, you pass through an under pass, reach an office where you can buy a ticket to view the tree, then follow the path to the main tree. The tree is about a 5 min walk from the car park