"Takato is SAKURA" Takato by tompt
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Takato is SAKURA and if you really want to see the cherry blossom at its best you have to visit Takato at the end of april. In the park are 1500 ! trees all in full bloom at the same time. It is a big happening and there are special shuttle busses to transport tourists to the park. Takato is not well known outside of Japan, so we were the only non japanese visitors there.
Takato is located in the Ina Basin in southeastern Nagano-ken. Takato is surrounded by the Japan Alps on all sides and was a castle town of the feudal lord Naito from the end of the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. Only the stonewalls and fences of Naito's castle remain. And in this Castle Ruin Park (Joshi Park) are over 1,500 Kohigan-Zakura cherry trees . As they are all the same species they bloom at the same time. Peak season is around april 20th, depending on the weather that year.
Learning in Takato was started by Tenzan Sakamoto, a samurai, and has been encouraged since then. Many people have studied at Shintokukan Takato's castle school and have become fine teachers and statesmen.
The old school building can still be seen in Takato.
We remember Takato as the town with the friendly people. Everybody was very willing to help us.
It started at the busstation. This busstation is relatively far from the minshuku we were staying in. So we decided to spend a little bit more and take a taxi. But the taxidriver thought that was stupid. Because we could take the shuttlebus to the cherryblossom park for 100 Yen and walk from there. That would save us a lot of Yen.
In our homecountry every taxi driver would have taken us to the hotel and charged us....
So then we had to take the bus, we asked the busdriver to tell where to get out. In return he wanted to know where we wher going to. We told him minshuku Yamabukiso. At our busstop we found two employees of the buscompany waiting for us. They showed us the way to the minshuku......
Our day was made.
As Takato is not very international we could not find much english information on the net.
But if you can read japanese you can try this pages:
From Takato to Tokyo or vice-versa in season is easiest with the JR Shinjuku-Takato express bus. The JR bus leaves from... more travel advice
This temple is not vey special. But the tree in front of it is. A beautifull specimen. And ofcourse this tree is also... more travel advice
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