Enjoying the Richness of Nature
The Kuranagase and Ishigase rivers run through the city and there are many pleasant green parks. You can enjoy seasonal flowers and insects throughout the year. It is nice to see mustard flowers blooming on the riverbanks and water lilies floating on the pond. Many lively events are held, like the cherry blossom and azalea festivals, and in summer the Hime fireflies hover in the air. The City of Obu is rich in nature.
Every April, the banks of the Ishigase River are covered with mustard flowers stretching like carpets of yellow over the grass. Awakened by the singing of larks and breath of spring, people are all set to go walking and jogging.
Bank of the the Ishigase River
Cherry blossoms bloom along the slope leading up to Momoyama Park, with its eye-catching windmill, every spring. The cherry blossom festival is held between the end of March and the beginning of April every year. The cherry blossoms are lit up at night, taking visitors to a magical world.
Okura Park, which was created as another home for Kazuchika Okura in the Taisho era, is a beautiful spot for azaleas. In spring, visitors can feast their eyes on the red, pink and purple blooms of the 2,800 azalea trees. During the Azalea Festival held at the end of April, bazaars and sketching competitions are organized, and the park is filled with the smiles of families.
The City of Obu is one of the habitats for Hime fireflies in the Tokai region. They live on the ground, and are 9 millimeters long in the case of males and 7 millimeters long in the case of females. Glowing lights emerging here and there from the darkness create a subtle and profound atmosphere.