Around Iwakura City the Gojo River flows through urban areas, with loads of cherry trees – some 1,400 in all – adorn the banks on both sides for approximately 7.6 km. Here the Iwakura Cherry Blossom Festival is held during the cherry blossom season also known as hanami. The cherry blossom arch created by the trees on both banks of the river is a wonderful sight, and the river has been chosen as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites.”
You can also enjoy the illuminated cherry blossom at night and the main events during Iwakura Cherry Blossom Festival include parades of festival floats and performances of “nonbori arai,” where glue used to border the patterns of carp streamers is washed off in the river. And when the cherry blossoms scatter, the surface of the river becomes covered with petals, and the sight of them slowly floating by is truly wonderful.