Chikuma City’s Mori neighborhood is known as Japan’s largest producer apricots. While the fruit’s season isn’t until the end of June, the valley attracts photographers from all over Japan in early to mid-April for the apricot blossoms. And right now, the trees are in full bloom!
Last year, the Emperor and Empress of Japan even came to see Mori’s famous blossoms. This year, the weather is cooperating with clear blue skies so in addition to the beautiful apricot blossoms, Togakushi, Takatsuma and other snow-covered mountains along the Nagano – Niigata border are providing a picturesque backdrop.
The 2014 Apricot Blossom Festival will continue until April 18th. (Access by train from Yashiro Station on the Shinano Railway.)