Enjoy Viewing Cherry Blossoms. - Kakuzan Park -
Kakuzan Park, or Tsuyama Castle, is chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites. Many cherry trees were planted as part of the development of the park after the structures in castles were lost due to the Castle Abolishment Law issued by the Meiji Government in 1873. Bitchu Turret was reconstructed as the castle's 400th anniversary project over the period of 2004-2005.
In spring, 1,000 of cherry blossom trees are in all their glory. Tsuyama Cherry Blossom Festival is held in and around Kakuzan Park around early April. In the castle site, must-see sights are: (1) the view of cherry blossoms visible from the front of Kakuzan-kan on the Sannomaru courtyard and looking like a sea of cloud below Bitchu Turret, (2) the one visible at the foot of the main part of the site, termed Honmaru, and looking like a carpet of cherry blossoms, (3) the night view of cherry blossoms, and (4) stone walls. At the festival, a lot of people come to see the cherry blossoms from all over Japan.
Getting here: 10 minutes on foot from Tsuyama Station on JR Tsuyama Line
Bicycle for rent available at Tsuyama Station Tourist Information Office, and Tsuyama Tourist Center in front of Kakuzan Park.
Multifunctional bidet toilet seats, washlet toilet seats, available at the toilet by Kakuzan-kan.
Closed: December 29 to December 31
Admission: 300 yen for adults / Free for junior high school students & below
Group discount available for a group of 30 or more people.