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Sakura in Kakunodate

Origin of cherry- Someiyoshino


Someiyoshino on the Hinokinai River bank (designated as a national scenic spot)

A cherry blossom tunnel with a total length of 2 km.
Someiyoshino in full bloom on the Hinokinai River bank that flows through the center of the town.

It was first planted in 1934 to commemorate the birth of His Majesty the Emperor.
Today, it is also designated as a national scenic spot.
The Someiyoshino is environmentally friendly and has the characteristic of having pale red-white flowers that cover the entire tree before the young green leaves appear, so when it is in full bloom, the petals gracefully decorate the branches and the appearance is very spectacular.

Once all is in danger of logging! ??

It was not uncommon to plant cherry blossoms on river embankments in Japan, but around 1972, when trees took root, there was a hole in the embankment, and when water penetrated from there, the embankment collapsed. The River Law stipulates that no trees should be planted on the embankment.
Instead, a method of planting turf was adopted.
The Hinokinai River bank was no exception. We faced a crisis that the cherry trees that the townspeople had cultivated with great care might be cut down.

The feelings of the residents who continued to protect the cherry blossoms

"I want to leave the cherry blossoms somehow"
While the plan was steadily progressing, the idea taken by the townspeople was "Let's have the cherry blossoms on the Hinokinai River bank protected by law."

I came up with the idea of using the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties against the River Act, that is, to leave a tunnel of cherry blossoms 2 km on the Hinokinai River bank so that it can be protected by law as a cultural property under the designation of the country.
As a result, the town proposed to the parliament and certified the embankment as a town road. "Sakura on the embankment" is left uncut because it became "Sakura as a tree-lined road", and the scenery is evaluated as a beauty like a masterpiece in harmony with the gentle flow of the river. It was.

Overcoming the crisis and becoming a country designation

The cherry blossoms on the Hinokinai River bank, which the residents continued to protect, are now designated as a national scenic spot.

The cherry-colored tunnel, which spreads out as if you were invited to the world of fairy tales, is filled with the passion of the people of the town for the cherry blossoms.

Origin of cherry Shidarezakura -weeping cherry tree-

Past flowering information

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