Iwate's Takamatsu Park features on the list of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom viewing spots, and it's a popular destination during the spring season. The park grounds are home to over 1000 sakura trees that line the Takamatsu-no-ike pond, and boats are available for rent so that visitors can enjoy the blooms from a unique vantage point.
Feasibly, if you visit Takamatsu Park you could also fit in Kitakami Tenshochi Park into your visit - it's another of the prefecture's top cherry blossom spots and is around an hour's drive away.
Cruise passengers: You may get this excursion for FREE if you book the cruise through us or transferring your existing reservation to us (meaning we are your travel agent who booked the cruise for you with nothing changed). Please contact us to learn how.
*Departure times may vary.
08:00 Depart from Sakata Port
08:40 Visit the Juroku Rakan Iwa, a monument made in the rocks, and dedicated to local fishermen, Juroku, and Tamasudare no Taki waterfall
09:50 Depart from Juroku Rakan Iwa
10:20 Arrival at the Honma Museum and Gardens. Visit the museum and the beautiful Japanese Villa, and explore the large Japanese garden
11:30 Depart from The Honma Museum and Gardens
12:00 Enjoy a lunch at Somaro and a private Maiko performance
13:00 Walk from Somaro Maiko Teahouse to the Sanno Club right next door
13:05 Arrive at the Sanno Club. Here you can see a beautiful display of ceremonial kimonos that you can try on and take pictures in, and some Kasafuku dolls! There is also a café here where you may wish to enjoy tea and traditional "wagashi" sugar sweets
14:30 Depart for Sakata Port
15:00 Arrive at Sakata Port with time to spare before your mandatory boarding
Miyaumi, Sakata-shi, 998-0005 Yamagata