An old Sakura (cherry) tree said to be about 1200 years old is carefully protected. The Sakura of Nagai ― Living for an eternity
Living for an eternity ― The Sakura of Nagai
A variety of iris found nowhere else, called “Nagai Koshu,” is being carefully grown in the Ayame Kouen (Iris Park). ■Best time to view / Middle of June to the beginning of July
Nothing but white azaleas bloom in the “Shirotsutsuji Kouen” (White Azalea Park), located in the center of Nagai, covering the area like snow. ■Best time to view / Middle of May to the end of May
In autumn, when the difference in temperature throughout the day differs greatly, the broad-leaved trees in Nagai become a beautiful combination of colors.
The Marudai Ogiya (prefecture designated important tangible cultural property) is a merchant house where generation after generation dealt in dry goods (kimono). It features a Kayabukiyane* and Japanese-style garden, where traces of those days still linger.
In February, when the area is covered with snow, lanterns handmade by local citizens light up the city.
■Date held: First Saturday in February