Blooming earlier than anywhere else in Japan, the cherry blossoms of Kochi give you the very first taste of spring.
Typically blooming in late March, the cherry blossoms found in Niyodogawa Town are Hyotan Cherry Trees. These trees, being about 500 years old, have been designated official natural monuments of Kochi Prefecture. They're called "hyotan", meaning "gourd", cherry trees because of the shape of the buds they produce. These remarkable trees have branches that reach about 21 meters high, with a trunk circumference of 6 meters. Also of note is that the rapeseed flowers are blooming at the same time. Together they collaborate to paint the scenery in beautiful contrast of yellow and pink. This area around Niyodogawa Town is the most famous place to see cherry blossoms in Kochi Prefecture. You can also enjoy the Weeping Cherry Trees of the Ichikawa Family and the lakeside rows of cherry trees at the Odo Dam!