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Sakura spots - Park & roadside

Dankazura

段葛

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Genjiyama Park

源氏山公園

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Highland area

ハイランド

(Yuhidai Park, Seiyu Store)

 

  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.

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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

== 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

 

  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.

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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

== 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)

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Sakura spots - Shrine & temple

Amanawa Shinmei Miya甘縄神明宮 

(Amanawa jinja)甘縄神社

 

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

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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Head Temple of Engakuji sect,

Rinzai school 瑞鹿山 円覚興聖禅寺(臨済宗)

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Gokurakuji

極楽寺

 

  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.

 

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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

 

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The Great Buddha and Kotoku-in

(Daibutsu) 鎌倉大仏と高徳院

 

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

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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Kamakura's Hasedera Temple

長谷寺

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Houkokuji Temple

報国寺

 

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

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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Jojuin

成就院

 

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

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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Kenchoji

建長寺

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Komyoji

光明寺

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Kosokuji

光則寺

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Myohonji Temple

妙本寺

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu 

鶴岡八幡宮

 

  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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Last stage

early Apr.

Good to see

late Mar.

Not yet

mid Mar.

 

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Other places

 

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Good to see

late Mar.

Near

Amanawa

Good to see

late Mar.

Komyoji

光明寺

Good to see

late Mar.

Koyurugi jinja

小動神社

Good to see

late Mar.

Jomyoji

浄妙寺

Good to see

late Mar.

Myoryuji

妙隆寺

Good to see

late Mar.

Hokaiji

宝戒寺

* Komyoji:  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 for \500 during the temple's yearly festival in late Mar. to early Apr.

 

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