Miharu, a castle town with cherry blossoms, history, and culture--and the home of Megohime

Miharu is a little castle town that was a favorite of the famous Sengoku-era woman Megohime. It is alive with history and culture, and covered with some 10,000 cherry trees.

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History / Culture

Miharu got its start as a castle town in 1504 when Tamura Yoshiaki moved his base of operations here from Moriyama and constructed Miharu Castle. The town is filled with cherry blossoms because it is said that Tamura had them planted in order to develop the area around the castle. Megohime, wife of Date Masamune (known as Dokuganryu), was born at Miharu Castle as the only daughter of the lord of the castle, Tamura Kiyoaki. She was sent to the Date clan as a wife in her twelfth year, after which she continually petitioned to have the Tamura family revived given its elevation in rank. Miharu was the tiny castle town that always stayed close to Megohime's heart.


The streets of Miharu are full of shrines, temples, and other historical structures. More than twenty in number, they date back to the Edo period or even farther to the Sengoku era. From the remains of Miharu Castle to the surrounding townscape, you can see reminders of this former castle town everywhere. Get away from the urban part of town and you can enjoy Miharu's lovely cherry blossoms--especially the Miharu Takizakura cherry, which is over a thousand years old and considered one of the top three cherry trees in Japan. Near the Takizakura cherry are Miharu Dam, Sakura Park, the Miharu Village Rural Life Museum, Comutan Fukushima, and other recent attractions to enjoy.

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There is a legend that Sakanoue no Tamura Maro, said to be the ancestor of the Sengoku-era daimyo Tamura, was aided by a crane when he was a baby. Because the eating of crane was prohibited in the castle town of Miharu, the story goes that the people prepared and ate things made in the shape of cranes instead--including unique, triangular-shaped yubeshi dumplings and fried tofu made to look like dancing cranes.
You can also get minced fried cutlets made with green peppers, a local specialty product. This popular local dish is known as Miharu Guruminchi.


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Urawa I.C. ← About 2 hours 30 minutes → Koriyama
Sendai-Minami I.C. ← About 1 hour 30 minutes → Koriyama
Koriyama ← About 30 minutes → Miharu
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Niigata-Chuo I.C. ← About 2 hours 30 minutes → Koriyama
Iwaki I.C. ← About 1 hour 30 minutes → Koriyama
Koriyama ← About 30 minutes → Miharu