Spring

Cherry Blossoms at Akasakayama Park

Akasakayama Park is one of the famous locations for cherry blossoms, and bustles with people who come to view the flowers in April.
Somei-yoshino cherries, double-flowered Yae, and cerasus Shidare grow on the vast grass fields, so one can spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy the views of flowers, or stroll on the path while viewing the flowers.

Akasakayama Park
Best time to see them Early April – late April
Address Akasaka-cho, Kashiwazaki City

Rabbit-ear Irises of Yume-no-mori Park

In Yume-no-mori Park, from late May to June, one can enjoy 30,000 Japanese irises covering the entire wetlands.

Yume-no-mori Park
Best time to see them Early May – June
Address 4544-1 Karuigawa, Kashiwazaki City

Yukiwariso-no-sato

Hepatica bloom when the snow thaws and they are known as flowers that announce the coming of spring.

Osaki-Yukiwariso-no-sato
Best time to see them Early March – early April
Address Nishiyama-cho Osaki, Kashiwazaki City

Katakuri lily

Katakuri lily is known as a spring ephemeral, and is a lovely flower that reaches full boom about 10 days to 2 weeks after the thaw.
You can see them from the walking path of Takauchiyama at Nishiyama-cho, known as having the largest cluster of Katakuri lily in Kashiwazaki City.
It is a small mountain with an elevation of 246m, so one can reach the summit in 40 minutes or less.

Summer

Swimming Beaches

Kashiwazaki has 15 swimming beaches which are popular for their clean water and beaches.
The swimming beaches allow people to observe fish and ocean life in the rock stretches and adult and children alike to swim safely in the shoals. It also has many different way of playing, including SUP (standup paddle boarding) and sea kayaking activities.
*Fireworks, barbeques, and sleeping overnight in tents are prohibited

Sunset at Koibito-misaki

Koibito-misaki is popular as a site where you can see the sunset. It is great spot to take photos with a superb view showing Yoneyama Ohashi Bridge, a bridge symbolizes Kashiwazaki. The best time to arrive there is about 30 minutes before sundown.

Koibito-misaki
Address 133-1 Omigawa, Kashiwazaki City

Fireflies of Ukawa

Fireflies are reminders of the Japanese summer. Many fireflies can be seen every year from the bank of Kashiwazaki’s Ukawa River. In late June, the Ayako-mai no sato Firefly Festival is held.

Ayako-mai no sato Firefly Festival
Event held Last Saturday in June
Time 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place Ayako-mai Kaikan Center Ukawa Firefly Road

Teikan-en

Teikan-en is a Kaiyu-shiki-style garden made during the Edo period and designated as a national site of scenic beauty in 1937.
Kaiyu-shiki is a style of Japanese garden that was developed during the Edo period, where a walkway is built so that it goes in a circle around a pond. Today, it is built so that the garden is viewed seated from the Teikan-do (Teikan Hall). Inside the hall, there are many cultural assets such as paintings on fusuma paper sliding doors exhibited.

Teikan-en
Period park is open June 1-November 30
Days closed: Mondays (closed on Tuesdays whenever Monday falls on a holiday)
Entrance fee ¥500 for adults, ¥250 for elementary and middle school students
Address 593 Takayanagichō Okanomachi, Kashiwazaki City

Autumn

Obiraki, Tanada rice Terrace

Obiraki Tanada is located in a region known as Kadoide. When autumn arrives, various local farmers begin harvesting the rice together, a scene thought of as Japan’s earliest memory. Many red dragonflies and grasshoppers also inhabit the area, where one can enjoy the abundance of nature.

Obiraki Tanada, rice terrace
Place Takayanagichō Kadoide, Kashiwazaki City

Autumn leaves in Shoun Sanso Garden

A Japanese garden build in 1926. Inside this park, which can be walked around in about 40 minutes, there are garden lanterns, ponds, arbors and arched bridges. It is a famous spot for viewing autumn leaves.

Shoun Sanso
Address 3 Midorichō, Kashiwazaki City
Hours Open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
*Autumn leaves illumination period: Early October-late November, until 9:00 PM

Autumn leaves at the Iizuka-tei

Shukoen in the Iizuka-tei is one of the top 3 spots to see in Kashiwazaki. The name “Shukoen” was bestowed upon it by Emperor Hirohito.

Iizuka-tei
Address 5212-4 Shindō, Kashiwazaki City
Hours Open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Days Mondays (Tuesdays when Monday falls on a holiday) and December 1-March 31
Entrance fee ¥310 for high school students and older, ¥150 for elementary and middle school students

Salmon running up river

In Kashiwazaki’s Tannegawa River, you can see the sight of salmon (sake) running up river every autumn. In spring, the release of salmon larva into the river is also carried out.

Winter

Swans

400-500 migrant birds come to Nagamine Oike Pond each year.
The types of birds are wide-ranging, including whooper swans, tundra swans, mallards, tufted duck, Eurasian teal, coot and pochards.
Swans look for food during the daytime, so we recommend coming here to see them early in the morning before 7 AM or in the evening after 4 PM.
You may feed them rice or bread.

Nagamine Oike
Place Nishiyama-cho Nagamine, Kashiwazaki City
Best time to see them Early November-early March.
Note Parking lot and restrooms available.

Yoneyama in Winter

Yoneyama is a mountain located on the border of Kashiwazaki City and Joetsu City, with an elevation of 993m. The beautiful shape of the mountain with a square pyramid-shaped peak stands out, and has become the symbol of Kashiwazaki.