Sakura Furusato Square is symbolized by the authentic Dutch windmill in its grounds. It is for the residents of Sakura to relax and enjoy themselves, offering the chance to commune with the natural surroundings of Lake Inbanuma.
Hotta Masayoshi, Lord of the Sakura Domain and chief counselor of the Shogunate, was a proponent of Rangaku or Dutch studies, and for this reason, the town of Sakura has a long and close association with the Netherlands. The Dutch windmill was built to commemorate 400 years of friendship between Japan and the Netherlands. It was given the name, de Liefde, after the Dutch ship of the same name that prompted the beginning of exchange between the two countries.
The Saranka kiosk near the windmill can be used as a rest area. Furusato Square is the perfect spot to enjoy the flowers of the seasons, with the Sakura Tulip Festa held in April, the Windmill Sunflower Garden in July, and the Sakura Cosmos Festa in October every year.
With a bike path along Lake Inbanuma, you can rent a bicycle and enjoy cycling around the area.
- Name of Attraction
- Sakura Furusato Square
- 2714 Usuita, Sakura, Chiba
- 043-484-6165 (Sakura City Parks and Greenery Section)
- Windmill Operating Hours
Does not operate on Mondays and New Year holidays (Dec 28 – Jan 6)
* Windmill may also not be able to operate due to strong winds, lack of wind or other reasons.
- Approx. 30 min. walk from Keisei Usui Railway Station.
Approx. 40 min. walk from Keisei Sakura Railway Station.
Alternatively take the Sakura City Community Bus (Uchigo route) to Furusato Square From the north exit of Keisei Sakura Railway Station.
Approx. 30 min. by car from the Sakura Interchange of the Higashi-Kanto Expressway. (There is no off-street parking at the square, so access by public transport is recommended.)