Thursday, April 2, 2009

Cherry Blossoms at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

We went to Kamakura to see the Cherry Blossoms. They didn't disappoint! They create a canopy over this walkway heading up from Kamakura station to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (鶴岡八幡宮).
I found the following information about this location on this web site:
From the second torii to the Shrine, there is an elevated walkpath called Dankazura, roughly 50 centimeters high, 3 meters wide and 460 meters long, lined with some 310 cherry trees and azaleas on both sides. In early April, the path turns long arch made of cherry blossoms. Cherry seedlings were planted in 1918. Its botanical name is Prunus Yedoenis, same as those near the Potomac River in Washington D.C., which were the gift to the American First Lady Mrs. Taft presented by the Governor of Tokyo in 1912.

This is the view looking from under the Torii gate at the entrance to the shrine back to the walkway.
These cherry blossoms reflect in the pond on the Shrine's grounds.
We went at dusk. Our walk back was after sunset and all of the lamps were on. It was very pretty.


Alisa said...

I am glad that they have lanterns! We are going tonight, hopfully!
Awesome Photos!

Inkspots said...

Love the twilight photos! Yes, we got lucky with blue skies Friday, not so good today. We're going back to Kamakura Tuesday and can't wait.

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