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Light purple spring welcomes you! Katakuri at its best (Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture)



The katakuris (dogtooth violet) flowers are now in full bloom at “Hida Historical Village” in Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture. 

Katakuris are called “spring fairies” for their dainty appearance. In “Hita Historical Village,” where there are ancient burial mounds and the ruins of Samegao Castle, there are a number of colonies of katakuris, and they are at their best around the general information center located behind Hita Shrine.


On the second day, visitors came one after another with cameras in hand, snapping their shutters enthusiastically.


‘They were in bloom all the way up to Shamegao Castle. I think spring has come.
I am always impressed by the beauty of the flowers. I was surprised to see more white katakuris this year than usual.

According to the Hita Historic Site Preservation Society, which is in charge of protecting katakuris, the blooming time is about the same as usual.Still0402_00004Noboru Takahashi, chairman of the preservation society, said, “The best time to see the flowers is around the same time as the cherry blossom viewing in Takata, around April 10. The number of white katakuris is also increasing. Please do not steal them and only take pictures of them.

Currently, flowers are at their peak around the General Information Center, but next week they will be at their best around the Kannondaira tumulus cluster to the north and the Tenjindo tumulus cluster to the south.

In areas where the snow has been slow to disappear, such as north-facing slopes, visitors will be able to enjoy the snow until around the 20th of this month.

Hida Historical Village will hold a tour of Samegao Castle and katakuris (dogtooth violet) colonies on Saturday, the 6th of this month. For more information, please contact Hita Rekishi no Sato General Information Center.

Hida Historical Village

Administration building open April-November.

Address: 263-1, Miyauchi, Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture
Tel: 0255-72-0697
Access: <Car> 15 minutes from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line
URL: https://ameblo.jp/hidarekishinosato/

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