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Flowers and Trees of the Four Seasaons

Sakura(Cherry tree)

Within the grounds of Nijo Castle, there are approximately 400 sakura trees of 50 varieties (as of March 2011), and during the bloom from late March until April the castle receives the greatest number of locals and tourists than any other time of the year.

It is not certain whether the castle had sakura at the time of its construction, but there were at least 113 sakura in the period from 1878 to 1881 during the time of the Ministry of War of Japan’s control of the castle. However, the number of sakura decreased following the war to only a dozen or so trees. The majority of the present sakura were planted from late 1955 until early 1965.

Sakura blooming season

(however, please note that the blooming season varies depending on the climate of that particular year).

Yamazakura, Somaiyoshino From late March until early April
Shidarezakura From late March until early April
Satozakura From early April until late April

The Seiryu-en Garden western style garden (Yaebenishidare)

The Seiryu-en Garden western style garden (Yaebenishidare)

The Seiryu-en Garden Japanese style garden (sendaiya which is a kind of Satozakura)

The Seiryu-en Garden Japanese style garden (sendaiya which is a kind of Satozakura)

Southern sakura tunnel of the Seiryu-en Garden(Yamazakura, Somaiyoshino)

Southern sakura tunnel of the Seiryu-en Garden(Yamazakura, Somaiyoshino)

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