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JR EAST PASS Two Areas, Twice the Fun!

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UpdateMarch 4, 2018
ReleaseFebruary 28, 2018

With our new promotion, the pass is now available in the “Tohoku area” or “Nagano, Niigata area” of your choice, from April 1, 2016. Why not take the journey to enjoy the true enchantment of spring? The recommended spots for cherry blossom viewing until mid-April to early May!

*The above period may change depending on the actual timing of the blossoming.



Tohoku area


1. Kajo Park (Yamagata City, Yamagata)

Best to visit: Mid-late April

A total of 1,500 cherry trees in full blossom at the ruins of the Yamagata Castle. Visit at night to experience illuminated trees along the moats. A Grand Tea Ceremony and other events add to the delights during the peak of full blossom.

Access: About 15 minutes’ walk from JR Yamagata Sta.




2. Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki City, Aomori)

Best to visit: Late-April to early-May

More than 300 somei-yoshino (Prunus yedoensis) trees over a hundred years old are known for Japan’s most magnificent cherry blossoms. You can celebrate and enjoy the gorgeous blossoms during the daytime at the picnic space.

Access: About 15 minutes by bus from JR Hirosaki Sta. 4-minute walk from the bus stop



3. Kitakami Tenshochi (Kitakami City, Iwate)

Best to visit: Mid-April to early-May

The Tenshochi Park is Tohoku’s foremost location to enjoy the extravagant cherry blossoms of about 10,000 trees. The view of the blossoms and touristic horse carriages provide the perfect moment for taking photos. Boats cruising on the Kitakami River and the sight of koinobori (carp-shaped windsocks) in the sky above the river are also great attractions during the cherry blossom festival.

Access: About 20 minutes’ walk from JR Kitakami Sta.



4. Yamataka Jindai Zakura (Hokuto City, Yamanashi)

Best to visit: Early April

A spectacular view of cherry blossoms with one of Japan’s oldest and largest Edo-higan-sakura (Prunus pendula) cherry trees, designated as a Special Natural Monument of Japan. Enjoy local cuisine at the pop-up food stalls during the peak of the blossoms.

Access: About 15 minutes by taxi from JR Hinoharu Sta.



About “JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)”

– Availability: April 1, 2016 through the year

– Validity: Flexible for 5 days – Prices: From overseas: Adult 19,000 yen, Child 9,500 yen / Within Japan: Adult 20,000 yen, Child 10,000 yen

– Purchase at:

– JR EAST Travel Service Center (Tokyo, Shinjuku, Haneda Airport International Terminal, Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2・3)

– Stations (Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2・3)

– Travel Service Centers (View Plaza) (Shinagawa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Yokohama, Mito, Fukushima, Sendai, Yamagata, Morioka, Hachinohe, Shin-Aomori and Akita)

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass_t/

※Purchasing locations may be subject to change. Information is dated February 2016.



Nagano, Niigata area




5. Joyama Park (Nagano City, Nagano)

Best to visit: Mid-late April

“The cherry blossom tearoom” opening every April offers delicious food and drink. Enjoy the blossoms from a warm and cozy room instead of the cold outside. Located atop a hill, the park is also worth visiting at night to have a view of the nighttime panorama of Nagano.

Access: About 10 minutes by bus from JR Nagano Sta.



6. Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure (Matsumoto City, Nagano)

Best to visit: Mid-April

The dark castle and the bright cherry blossoms create a beautiful contrast. At night, the illuminated line of cherry trees forms a sparkling corridor along the outer moats. The “Cherry Blossom Night Concert” offers Japanese classical music performances with tea ceremony, gagaku (classical court music), flute and sankyoku (chamber music with an instrumental trio).

Access: About 15 minutes’ walk from JR Matsumoto Sta.


7. Yukyuzan Park (Nagaoka City, Niigata)

Best to visit: Mid-late April

Around 2,500 cherry trees in full bloom color the entire park in lovely pink. Take a leisurely stroll in the spacious park and also enjoy the night view of illuminated cherry blossoms.

Access: About 15 minutes by bus from JR Nagaoka Sta.



8. Takada Park (Joetsu City, Niigata)

Best to visit: Early-mid April

Don’t miss one of Japan’s greatest night views of cherry blossoms. About 3,000 pretty lanterns decorate the blooms at night. There is a wide range of events celebrating the season during the “Takada Castle Cherry Blossom Viewing for One Million People.”

Access: About 20 minutes’ walk from Takada Sta. on the EchigoTOKImeki Railway Line

About “JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area)”

– Availability: April 1, 2016 through the year

– Validity: Flexible for 5 days – Prices: From overseas: Adult 17,000 yen, Child 8,500 yen / Within Japan: Adult 18,000 yen, Child 9,000 yen

– Purchase at:

– JR. EAST Travel Service Center (Tokyo, Shinjuku, Haneda Airport International Terminal, Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2・3)

– Stations (Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2・3)

– Travel Service Centers (View Plaza) (Shinagawa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Yokohama, Mito, Niigata and Nagano)

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass_n/



Don’t miss out! JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass



From Tokyo to Hokkaido, an excursion pass covering a broad area of Japan available from April 1.

New! JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass is available with the launch of the Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train in March 2016. In addition to the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area), this pass covers the southern Hokkaido area. This allows you to travel through Tokyo to Tohoku to Hakodate to Sapporo all at once, a magical ticket to enjoy Japan to your heart’s content!

About “JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass”

– Availability: April 1, 2016 through the year

– Validity: Flexible for 6 days

– Prices: From overseas: Adult (above 12 year-old) 26,000 yen, Child (6-11 year-old) 13,000 yen / Within Japan: Adult (above 12 year-old) 27,000 yen, Child (6-11 year-old) 13,500 yen

– For purchase location, see our website

http://www.jreasthokkaido.com/e/