Nishi Park opened is 1875 and is the oldest park in Sendai. In the Meiji明治 era (1868-1912), in honor of sakura cherry blossoms the park was called Sakuragaoka Park桜ヶ丘公園. This actually remains as the name of its address and the shrine “Tsutsujigaoka Daijinguu榴ケ岡大神宮” neighboring the park.
Nishi Park is well known as one of the best sakura (cherry blossom) spots in Sendai. There are a lot of points worth visiting such as a preserved steam locomotive, Kokeshi doll statue, monument of Matsuo Basho’s poem, sculptures of Sendai’s artists and a plum tree which the lord Date Masamune brought back from Korea 400 years ago. The park is also a good place for recreation or just to relax on the weekend. In spring, the park is crowded with a lot of street stands and people who enjoy viewing sakura blossoms.
Cherry blossom viewing period is in April.
- Short walk from Omachi Nishi-koen Station on the Tozai Subway Line
- Sakuragaoka Park, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0823