Nijyukkendoro Sakura Namiki(Cherry-blossoms road): Cherry Blossoms in Shizunai, Hokkaido
Shizunai is famous for its Sakura blossoms road that leads 7 km long and with 3,000 sakura, cherry blossom trees. This is designated as one of the best 100 beautiful road of Japan and Best 100 Sakura sights in Japan.
Sakura festival is held on the beginning of May. This year, 2015, the festival started from May 2 and end on May 10. Sakura trees are full blossom now, May 2 and many peoples were here looking for Sakura.
A terrible traffic jam will be occurred in the Golden Week from the end of Hidaka Expressway, Hidaka Monbetsu Exit and Monbetsu(門別) or Toyosato(豊郷) on the route 235 to Shizunai. If you want to avoid a traffic jam, you should go driving in the early morning. You should expect to have twice time for getting there.
The main site is crowded with many people. There are many food shops such as Yakitori and Japanese fast foods.
The main site is located in the road called Sakura tunnel that crosses Cherry-blossoms road and this had been the imperial farm on the Taisho era, the beginning of 1900. You can see vast fields around the road.
Ryu-unkaku(龍雲閣) is located at the end of Nijyukkendoro Sakura Namiki(Cherry-blossoms road). You can park at Ryu-unkaku.
Ryu-unkaku is built for Emperor Taisho staying in Shizunai and some imperial families staying here. Emperor Showa also stayed.
Ryu-unkaku is opened to public while Shizunai Sakura Festival. If you have enough time, you should go there.
You can see inside the building for free admission, but you can donate for its restoration. The building is so damaged that needs some restorations.
There are some exhibitions such as paintings, Sho(書,penmanship) and implements. Two Byobu(屏風),folding screens are here which were painted by Kano Tanyu(狩野探幽), Japanese famous painter in the early Edo era. He was the great leader of Kano School.
These painting are very damaged and need restorations I think.
There is little building around here, but many stables were built for producing war-horses in the Taisho and the early Showa era.