Shibata’s Houkouji is a Zen temple of the Soto school. The trailing branches of its cherry tree, said to be 380 years old, are a particular highlight. A good time to come visit is early April.
Location: 2-4-17 Suwamachi, Shibata, Niigata
Hours: Visitors can freely access the temple grounds
By Train: 8 minutes on foot from Shibata station, on the JR Hakushin Line or Uetsu Line
11 minutes from the Seiro-Shibata Interchange on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
10 minutes from the Shibata Interchange on the Shin-shin Bypass
Other: Parking Available