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Cherry blossoms, Sakura 桜

  We hope that the typical flowering process in Kamakura shown below will be a good reference for your Cherry blossom viewing this year.

 

  As the whole  

 

  The late March to the early April is the best times for the Sakura-Cherry blossom viewing in Kamakura.  However, it deviates somewhat back and forth depending on the weather condition and the flowering status at each place is not necessarily the same.

Last stage

roadside

Good to see

temple

Beginning

temple

 

= Example of the irregular weather =

 

March, 2018

Mar. 21

Mar. 21

first half of Mar.

  It's unusually warm in the first half of March and many cherry buds grew first like as they were about to open flowers even in mid March.  JMA announced a forecast that cherry blossoms will be in full bloom about ten days earlier than the past years.

  However, it turned cold in the middle of the month and snow fell on the 21st in the Kanto-greater Tokyo area. Snow in late March here was also unusual.  Finally, cherry blossoms began blooming just a little earlier than the past years.

 

= Hanafubuki =

 

Early Apr, 2017

  Strong southern onshore wind came, which blew off many petals.  That was Hanafubuki, 桜吹雪- shower of cherry petals.

 

= FYI =

"Sakura Kaika Sengen" 開花宣言 is "the declaration that the cherry blossoms have started to bloom".

  But, that declaration is announced when the officials of the Meteorological Agency can confirm the 5 to 6 flowers having opened in a Someiyoshino tree determined as the sample tree by each prefecture.

  So, good time to see usually comes several days after the Sakura Kaika Sengen.

 

= Early flowering kinds =

Tamanawa

Tamanawa

Kawazu

  Eearly flowering cherry blossoms such as Tamanawa Sakura 玉縄桜 and Kawazu Sakura 河津桜 can be seen at some places in the city from the middle of February to the beginning of March.

  It's nice to view those cherry blossoms together with Ume-plum blossoms before the standard cherry blossoms called Someiyoshino began blooming.

  * This article is based on the Someiyoshino standard cherry.

  Sakura viewing spots  

 

  We introduce representative viewing spots as follows, but you will be able to see nice scenes at other places and even roadsides.  Walking around to find your favorite places and to see the difference of the flowering status at each spot are also a way of enjoying Kamakura's cherry blossoms.

 

Park and roadside

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Dankazura

Genjiyama Park

Highland area

Kamakura Yama

段葛

源氏山公園

ハイランド

鎌倉山

Okurabakufu Ato

大倉幕府跡

 

 

 

Shrine and temple

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Amanawa Jinja

Engakuji

Gokurakuji

Goryo Jinja

甘縄神社

円覚寺

極楽寺

御霊神社

Great Buddha

Hasedera

Houkokuji

Jojuin

大仏高徳院

長谷寺

報国寺

成就院

Kenchoji

Komyoji

Kosokuji

Myohonji

建長寺

光明寺

光則寺

妙本寺

Tsurugaoka

Hachimangu

 Others

八幡宮

   

 

  Sakura Map  

 

Check the check box Cherry Blossom, Local train & bus to see the routes for each spot.

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