"Takizakura" in Miharu Town, Fukushima Prefecture, which is designated as a national natural monument, was declared to bloom the earliest in the history of observation, and the town began selling tickets to see the cherry blossoms on the 31st.

"Takizakura" in Miharu Town is a 1000-year-old giant tree of "Benishidarezakura" with a height of 13 meters. It is designated as a national natural monument, and when the flowers bloom, it looks like a waterfall. Is called.

Recently, warm days have continued and flowering has been accelerated, and on the 30th, the town declared the flowering of "Takizakura" the earliest since the observation started in 1983.

According to the town, it is the first time to declare flowering in March.

The town started selling tickets on the 31st, and visitors were taking pictures while looking up at "Takizakura".

In order to avoid congestion as a countermeasure against infection with the new coronavirus, it is not possible to approach "Takizakura" as usual, and admission restrictions have been introduced for the first time, and a monitor that allows you to check the number of cherry blossom viewing visitors at the entrance. Was also installed.

Also, like last year, we will not light up at night or serve food and drink at the shop.

According to the town, "Takizakura" is in full bloom this weekend, and you can enjoy the flowers for about two weeks.

A man in his 60s in Tochigi Prefecture, who has been visiting every year for more than 30 years, said, "The flowers are so dense that you can't see the branches, and it's amazing every year."

A woman in her 50s in Shizuoka Prefecture, who came to see her for the first time, said, "The branches were thick and very beautiful. I came thinking it was too early, but it was in bloom and the timing was good."