Nitchu Line Memorial Bicycle Route and Footpath

Enjoy the contrast between a steam locomotive and 1,000 weeping cherry trees

The Japan National Railways Nitchu Line once linked Kitakata Station with Atsushio Station. It was closed and scrapped in 1984 and part of the former line was redeveloped as a cycling path and leisure route. Running along this route for approximately 3km are about 1,000 weeping cherry trees, and when springtime comes they look gorgeous in full bloom.

About midway along the route an old steam locomotive is on display, making it a perfect spot for a photo, with the old locomotive contrasting with the blossoms and the weeping cherries forming a tunnel along the path. Although there are cherry-lined paths and roads all around Japan, this weeping cherry tree-lined path is the only one in the country on such a grand scale. The deep pink hues of the cherry blossom tunnel make this a sight renowned for its beauty.

The cherries are usually in bloom from around mid to late-April. The Kitakata Cherry Blossom Walk is an event that is held to coincide with the cherry blossom season each year and it could be fun to participate in this event. The course is 6km in total along the cycle and footpath and offers a fun way to get some exercise. Why not try a bowl of Kitakata ramen after finishing the walk?!

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25 minutes by car from Aizu-Wakamatsu Interchange on the Ban'etsu Expressway
5 minutes on foot from Kitakata Station on the JR Ban'etsu West Line
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