Nishi Park opened is 1875 and is the oldest park in Sendai. In the Meiji era (1868-1912), in honor of sakura cherry blossoms the park was called Sakuragaoka Park. This actually remains as the name of its address and the shrine “Sakuragaoka-daijingu Shrine” that is 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 by Sendai 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
- 1-3 Sakuragaoka Park, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0823