In the world of apricot blossoms, 2 days makes a huge difference. Last Thursday, I went Apricot Village in Chikuma City’s Mori district to see if the namesake apricot trees were in bloom or not. They were only at 20-30% at that time. Then I went again on Saturday, and was happy to see that they were in full bloom! Weekend visitors were no doubt thrilled to be able to enjoy the apricot blossoms and their subtle pink beauty. Mori’s laid back farming village setting makes for such a quaint background to the apricot trees. I highly suggest a trip to see them.
Other Nagano flower info (as of Monday 18-Apr)
Togura Kamiyamada Onsen’s Chuo Park cherry blossoms: Full bloom
Togura Kamiyamada Onsen’s Wakamiya apricot blossoms along the Chikuma River: Full bloom
According to our weekend guests:
Ueda Castle cherry blossoms: Full Bloom
According to fellow Inbound Ambassador Andy, Matsumoto Castle cherry blossoms: Full Bloom (beautifully lit up at night)
According to Ina City Tourism Dept.:
Takato Castle cherry blossoms: Full Bloom
By Train: From Yashiro Station on the Shinano Railway line there is regular bus service to the Mori area, or a 5 minute taxi ride, or 25 min. walk.
By car: From Route 18 in Chikuma City’s central business area, take Route 403 / County 392 approx. 2km.