Every year around this time, we here in Chikuma City get excited about the apricot blossoms in Mori “Apricot Village”. We also get nervous about when exactly the flowers will bloom. Saturday I went to check out the progress in person — the buds were starting to form. With the weather forecasted to be a little irregular — warm, cold, warm, and cold again — for the next week, I have a feeling the blossoms will be according to the official festival dates: 02-April thru 16-April. Will keep you posted here! Also, Live Camera at the Chikuma City Tourism Assoc. website.
Mori “Apricot Village” is approx. 30 minutes by car from Togura Kamiyamada Onsen. There are shuttle busses from Yashiro Station during the Festival period.
New this year is a special connector bus from Kamiyamada Onsen to Yashiro Station, departing 8:50am. 500 yen one way.