Have you heard of Japan’s cherry blossoms which can be found in Shodoshima Island? From the beginning of April, the entire island is covered in pink – meaning the cherry blossoms are finally in bloom, a sight so beautiful that words cannot describe it. If you wish to find one of Shodoshima Island’s most famous spots for cherry blossoms, you can visit Shiroyama Park in the Mito Peninsula on the south side of the island. At the slightly elevated slope where you can get a view of the Seto Inland Sea, it turns into a tunnel of cherry blossom trees. When you find yourself at the deepest depths of the park, you can relax at the ultimate resting spot, the Ouka-tei. Read on to find out more about the splendor of cherry blossoms at Japan’s Shiroyama Park.
Enjoy the view of hills lined with cherry blossoms along with the breathtaking sight of Seto Inland Sea
The Mito Peninsula on the southern part of Shodoshima Island has the best scenery indeed. Here you can marvel at the crystal-clear Seto Inland Sea, the hilly terrains of the island, the abundance of nature, and various creative works of art featured at the Seto Inland International Art Festival! And if you’re looking for breathtaking scenery, look no further than Shiroyama Park.
As the Shiroyama name suggests, it is a park located on high elevation where you can see the southern parts of Shodoshima Island, the rest of Shikoku heading towards Takamatsu, and the beautiful scenery of the Seto Inland Sea. During clear weather, you will be astonished with how blue the sea gets. If you wish to visit Shiroyama Park, you should visit during the first week of April as it is when people usually come for cherry blossom viewing. Its overwhelming abundance is a sight to behold.
Go through a pink tunnel as you walk a path filled with cherry blossom trees
If you park at the local government-run hotel at Shodoshima, you can start to see the cherry blossom trees as you walk towards the park. You can immediately see how beautiful the scenery is as the rays of the sun shine radiantly on the pink petals. And this is just the beginning. Just progressing another 50 meters, you will discover even more beautiful scenery beyond the wildest of your imaginations.
What you will find are fully bloomed cherry blossom trees on both sides of the road as if it were a pink tunnel! With little space between the cherry blossom trees and with the branches so high that they seem to cover the sky, you will find yourself walking along a path covered in pink. If you have a cell phone or camera, we recommend that you take some pictures as you walk underneath these numerous rows of cherry blossom trees. Take advantage of these inspiring moments, and without a doubt, it will be an unforgettable memory!
Take full advantage of the scenic majesty of the Seto Inland Sea and the cherry blossoms combined!
Once you make it to the center of the park, you will be in awe of the ocean. With the rows of cherry blossom trees lined up when you look back from where you came, you will realize that these beautiful trees in bloom, combined, the Seto Inland Sea truly make for a picture-perfect sight. Further up, you can see a striking contrast between the blue hues colors of the sea and the pink shades of the cherry blossoms. Also, you can see more of the Shikoku region and more of its marvelous scenery.
If you wish to be further inspired by the cherry blossom trees, then you can also enjoy them from the ferry. From Shiroyama Park, you can take a ferry from the Ikeda Port at Shodoshima Island. Since it takes the ferry one hour to get to Takamatsu’s port, then this is amazing view is a perfect opportunity to see and take pictures of the cherry blossoms!
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Be engulfed in cherry blossoms at Ouka-tei
Once you progress to the narrower paths in the more elevated sections, still enjoying the views of the Seto Inland Sea and the lines of cherry blossom trees, you will find yourself in the innermost depths of Shiroyama Park. This last feature is truly an amazing sight to behold. Ouka-tei, meaning “a rest stop for cherry blossoms”, is a gazebo facing the ocean in an area fully engulfed by the beautiful trees. Ouka-tei symbolizes the beauty of the park during this time of the year–the ultimate spot to relax as you squeeze between the pink cherry blossoms and the sea. Considered as Shodoshima Island’s top spot for scenery in the spring, you will truly feel inspired as you view the abundance of cherry blossoms throughout the park from here.
Come and see Shiroyama Park, the top scenic spot in Shodoshima Island during the spring
Though the cherry blossoms of Shodoshima Island are not exactly known to the mainstream, its numerous scenic spots can rival the more nationally famous sightseeing places for cherry blossom viewing. Of course, one such spot is Shiroyama Park with its beautiful pink tunnel walkway, its views of the wonderfully contrasting cherry blossoms and the Seto Inland Sea, and the Ouka-tei resting spot at the open area during full-blooming season. Whenever you go in this park, you’ll come across scenery fit for fantasy.
Address: Ikeda Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
Website: Shiroyama Park
Access: 5-minute drive from the Ikeda Port, or 15-minute drive from the Kusakabe Port
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