[Special Event] 1-Day Tour: Cherry Blossoms of Takato Castle Park

[Special Event] 1-Day Tour: Cherry Blossoms of Takato Castle Park




10:35 - 20:00

Meeting Place

Nagano Station


Adult (13+)17,800 JPY
Child (6-12)13,300JPY

[Special Event] 1-Day Tour: Cherry Blossoms of Takato Castle Park

**PLEASE NOTE – we are unable to offer this tour in 2024. We hope to operate it again in 2025**.

Blooming every spring, Japan’s fabled cherry blossoms are stunning to behold and at the top of many international visitor’s must-see lists. Starting from Nagano Station, this one-day only tour transports you to Takato Castle Park – heralded as one of the Top 3 blossom-viewing spots in all of Japan! Located on the ruins of Takato Castle, the park was first opened to the public in 1875 and now boasts an estimated 1500 cherry blossom trees – forecast to be in full bloom on the day of the tour. Also including a stop at Matsumoto Castle, a registered National Treasure, this tour is a convenient and fun way to enjoy of one of Japan’s most famous blossom-viewing spots in combination with one of the last remaining Japanese castles.


  • Visit Takato Castle Park – one of Japan’s Top 3 cherry blossom-viewing spots
  • Experience ‘hanami’ (flower viewing) as you wander under a canopy of an estimated 1500 ‘Kohigan’ trees – known as one of the most beautiful blossom varieties
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the last remaining original castles in Japan and registered National Treasure
  • Enjoy the castle’s Cherry Blossom Festival including evening illumination and traditional music performances


With pickup from Nagano Station at 10:35, first make yourself comfortable in the tour vehicle while you are transported across Nagano Prefecture toward the park. Arriving at approximately 13:00, your guide will take you to lunch at a nearby venue, to enjoy a Japanese meal and energize for the afternoon to come.

From lunch, your guide walk you to the Takato Castle Park where your guide will help you familiarize with the area, before arranging a meetup time and place and setting you free to enjoy the estimated 1500 blossom trees in full bloom – one of the most beautiful sights in Japan.


While the original castle no longer stands, the original foundation walls and reconstructed curved bridge and drum tower capture the historic nature of the park and are popular photo spots that hint at the past glories of the former castle. Located on the top of a hill the park affords a beautiful view of the snow-capped Northern Alps and promises to be a highlight of your visit to Japan. With food vendors both inside and outside the park, and nearby restaurants selling meals and seasonal snacks including sakura mochi, yakitori, and ice cream, you can stroll through the park or sit and just soak in the atmosphere.


Around 15:30 your guide will have you board the vehicle and head toward Matsumoto, home of one of the last remaining original castles in Japan. Built approximately 400 years ago, Matsumoto Castle is a registered National Treasure known for its aesthetic beauty and towering 6-story construction. Set against the same backdrop of the Northern Alps, the castle is by itself one of Japan’s most iconic buildings and another of Nagano`s most famous places for blossom-viewing.


Your guide will accompany you into the castle grounds, where you take enjoy the evening illumination of the surrounding trees and traditional music performances that mark the castle’s cherry blossom festival. As one of the last original castles in Japan, it is the perfect place to enhance your appreciation of what once stood in Takato and in doing so, see two of Japan’s most stunning spring-time vistas!


Around 18:30, your guide will collect you and board your vehicle and begin the journey back toward Nagano. Arriving at Nagano Station between 19:30 and 20:00*, the tour concludes and your guide will wish you well on your continuing exploration of Japan in the beauty of spring!

*Arrival times at Takato Castle Park, Matsumoto Castle and the tour conclusion at JR Nagano Station are estimates and could be delayed by traffic.


10:35 Meetup with your guide at Nagano Station. The meeting point is in front of the Information Board, directly opposite the shinkansen ticket gates.
13:00 Arrive at Takato Castle Park and first have lunch at a nearby restaurant.
13:45 Walk into the park where your guide will help you get your bearings and then set you free to explore and enjoy one of Japan's most spectacular blossom-viewing spots.
15:30 Meetup with your guide, board the tour bus, and begin the journey to Matsumoto.
17:00 Arrive in Matsumoto, home to one of the last remaining original castles in Japan and a registered National Treasure. Enjoy the evening festival as the surrounding blossom trees are illuminated in the fading light.
18:30 Board your vehicle and begin your journey back toward Nagano.
19:30-20:00 Arrive at Nagano Station where the tour concludes.


1  /  NAGANO STATION @ 10:35


The meetup point is inside the station, in front of the Information Board directly across from the Shinkansen ticket gates. Be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag.



  • Transportation from Nagano to and between all listed activities/attractions
  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance to Takato Castle Park
  • Entrance to Matsumoto Castle grounds


  • Additional snacks and drinks
  • Shinkansen / ‘Bullet Train’ tickets
  • Accommodation (unless requested)

Other Information

  • Please wear suitable shoes and clothing for an outdoor tour in spring.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible and may not be suitable for mobility-impaired travellers. Should you have any concerns about your ability to join the tour, please contact us to discuss prior to booking.
  • This tour is scheduled to coincide with the peak bloom at Takato Joshi Park however we cannot guarantee the condition of the blossoms on the day of the tour. In case of bad condition we might have to change the blossom-viewing site to Joetsu Park, Ueda Castle or Suzaka Garyu Park. If this is necessary, we will notify you in advance.
  • Infants (0-5) are free of charge. An infant lunch is not included and the order will be made directly to the restaurant according to your needs. We also cannot guarantee that a seat on the tour transport will be available for infants and they may be required to sit in the lap of an adult.
  • Arrival times at Takato Joshi Park, Matsumoto Castle, and the tour’s conclusion at JR Nagano Station are our best estimates and can be affected by traffic.
  • The tour application deadline is 1 day before the tour date at 17:00.


What time of the bullet train should I ride to arrive in Nagano on time? What time does the bullet train depart back to Tokyo after the tour?
The start and finish of the tour are arranged according to the bullet train called Hokuriku Shinkansen timetable. See below for specific timetables on the bullet train departure and arrival times to/from Nagano Station.Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagano StationTokyo: 08:36 – Nagano: 10:01 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only) Tokyo: 08:44 – Nagano: 10:22 – HakutakaDeparting Nagano Station – Arriving Tokyo Station Nagano: 20:26 – Tokyo: 21:56 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only) Nagano: 20:34 – Tokyo: 22:12 – Hakutaka Nagano: 21:15 – Tokyo: 23:00 – Asama

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