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Cherry blossoms 2018 - by location

Dankazura

段葛

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 30

Not enough

 Mar. 27

In progress

 Mar. 24

  Dankazura is the one step raised walk-way running in the center of Wakamiya Oji street from near Kamakura station to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, which was built by Shogun Yoritomo as the approach to the shrine in the Kamakura period.

 

  That walk-way was refinished in 2016 and all cherry trees were replaced at that time.  We can enjoy the appearance of those young cherry blossoms different from the old big trees.

 

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Genjiyama Park

源氏山公園

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Around Kuzuharaoka jinja

Scattering

Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 25

In progress

 Mar. 22

  The best place for Hanami viewing in the large park is around Kuzuharaoka Jinja shrine on the peak of Genjiyama Mountain.

 

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Highland area

ハイランド

(Yuhidai Park, Seiyu Store)

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 25

In progress

 Mar. 23

  One of the most popular cherry blossom viewing points among the locals.  Cherry blossoms will make a long arch like flower-tunnel when they are in full bloom.  Highland ハイランド is a residential area extending over Kamakura and Zushi cities.  Land marks there are Yuhidai Park and Seiyu Store.

 

== Access ==

 

A) BUS:

  鎌36 from Kamakura station runs on a circular route. Yuhidai Park or Seiyu Store are the most recommended bus stops from where you can enjoy a walk while viewing the cherry blossoms.  View from the bus windows on the way is also nice.

B) WALK:

  That bus route is too long to walk.  But if you don't mind 5-7 minute hiking, you woudl easily get to Highland area from Houkokuji temple.  Then you can go back to the central Kamakura by bus or keep walking to Omachi area via Nagoe Hiking Trail.

 

  Open folders "Hiking" and "Route Map" along with "Cherry Blossom 2017" in the Google Map embedded below to see the above mentioned routes.

 

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Kamakura Yama

鎌倉山

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 25

In progress

 Mar. 23

  Kamakura Yama is a hillside residential area and always introduced as a good cherry blossom viewing point.  Actually, many cherry trees are planted there, but they appear partially along a long winding driving road.

 

  We won't see the cherry flowers continuously and this road does not have the enough sidewalks.  Therefore, it's better to view the flowers while driving or from the bus windows than a try to walk over the Kamakura Yama mountain.

 

== Access ==

 

  Taking 鎌4 bus, "Kamakura Yama" is the terminal stop.  If you take other buses like 鎌6 bound for Enoshima 江ノ島, be careful not to miss the Kamakura Yama stop.

 

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Okurabakufu Ato

大倉幕府跡

(The first Shogunate site)

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 24

In progress

Mar. 22

  Okurabakufu Ato is the first site of the Kamakura Shogunate.  It's now an ordinary area where schools and houses stand.   A street called Sakura Michi (桜みち, Cherry blossom street) runs in the middle of this area.

 

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Amanawa Shinmei Miya甘縄神明宮 

(Amanawa jinja)甘縄神社

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Not enough

Mar. 26

In progress

 Mar. 22

  Tall cherry trees right behind Torii gate look like it's another Cherry-Torii.

 

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Head Temple of Engakuji sect,

Rinzai school 瑞鹿山 円覚興聖禅寺(臨済宗)

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 25

In progress

 Mar. 22

  There are a couple of big cherry trees soon after passing the entrance.  You will also find other beautiful cherry blossoms here and there while walking in the temple's large grounds.

 

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Gokurakuji

極楽寺

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 24

In progress

 Mar. 22

  More than 20 cherry trees with some different kinds are planted at the both sides of the approach from the gate to the main hall.

 

Note: Photography inside the gate is all prohibited without permission at Gokuraku-ji. (撮影禁止- sighboard at the entrance means No-photography.)

* In Visit Kamakura Stores case, we had taken the necessary procedure and been permitted to take pictures and to post them on line.

 

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Goryo jinja Shrine

御霊神社

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 26

In progress

 Mar. 22

  There are big cherry trees on both sides of the main hall in front.  This shrine is popular for the secne with Enoden running across the entrance and with the seasonal flower.

 

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The Great Buddha and Kotoku-in

(Daibutsu) 鎌倉大仏と高徳院

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Still good

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 30

Not enough

Mar. 26

In progress

 Mar. 24

  One big cherry tree before the great statue gives us a best shot with the Great Budha in the back.

 

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Kamakura's Hasedera Temple

長谷寺

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 25

In progress

 Mar. 22

  A big standard cherry tree in front of a Buddhist hall is very nice to see.  A weeping cherry tree soon as entering the temple gate shows nice flowers, too.

 

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Houkokuji Temple

報国寺

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Ending

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 24

In progress

 Mar. 22

  Hokokuji, well known by the name of Banboo Temple, gives us a brilliant scene with the cherry blossoms, too.

 

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Jojuin

成就院

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Ending

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 24

In progress

 Mar. 22

  We can enjoy cherry blossom viewing with the view of the sea in the back.

 

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Kenchoji

建長寺

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Good

 Mar. 25

In progress

 Mar. 22

  Cherry trees that can be seen soon after passing the temple gate and the approach to the dignified main hall shows magnificent view of those blossoms.

 

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Komyoji

光明寺

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Not enough

Mar. 27

In progress

 Mar. 23

  Cherry trees that can be seen soon after passing the temple gate and near the dignified main hall shows magnificent view of those blossoms.

 

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Kosokuji

光則寺

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Ending

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Good

 Mar. 24

In progress

 Mar. 22

  Cherry trees in the open space in front of the entrance shows the superb scenery with blossoms.  It looks like a Cherry-Blossom-Temple-Gate.

 

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Myohonji Temple

妙本寺

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Ending

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Good

 Mar. 24

In progress

 Mar. 22

  Going through a quiet, deep forested approach, you will find the picturesque scene of tne cherry blossoms with the grand temple gate and main hall in the back.

 

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu 

鶴岡八幡宮

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Scattering

 Apr.2

Good

 Mar. 28

Almost good

 Mar. 24

In progress

 Mar. 22

  Cherry trees planted around Genji-ike (源氏池, a big pond near the entrance) is very nice, especially when they are reflected on the surface of water on a fine day.

 

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Others

 

= Other flowers =

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(Extra)

Near

Komyoji

Still good

 Apr.6

(Extra)

Myohonji

妙本寺

Still good

 Apr.4

(Extra)

Near

Hachimangu

Still good

 Apr.4

(Extra)

Near

Jojuin

Still good

 Apr.4

* Extra: Other flowers were beatiful even after the standard cherry blossoms have scattered.

 

= Someiyoshino STD cherry =

Near

Amanawa

Good

 Mar. 30

(Extra)

Komyoji

Good

 Mar. 29

Koyurugi jinja

小動神社

Good

 Mar. 29

Jomyoji

浄妙寺

Good

 Mar. 28

Myoryuji

妙隆寺

Good

 Mar. 28

Hokaiji

宝戒寺

Good

 Mar. 28

* Extra: A view of Komyoji's grounds from the upper floor of the temple's gate.  Inside of the existing largest Temple Gate in Kamakura is opened to the public from Mar. 24 to Apr. 22. for \500.

 

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