Springtime is Cherry blossom time in Japan. I think it is absolutely stunning!!!! The streets were covered with a pink blossom roof and close to summer there was a pink blanket to walk on.
I moved to Japan in March a couple of years ago and the whole area was filled with the sweet smell of cherry blossoms. I was quite excited about this move and looked forward to exploring Japan and having my adventure start in one of the most beautiful seasons ever.
I stayed in Higashi Rinkan, a suburb of Tokyo, for half a year before I changed countries again.
I had my own quaint little studio apartment. It was actually tiny!!! The flat had a little bathroom, a kitchen unit in the entrance and a small living room. My “bedroom “was upstairs, a small studio part just big enough for my futon.
My first cherry blossom adventure took me all the way down to Kamacura. It is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south of Tokyo. I headed out there after work during my first week in Japan to go and walk the 500m cherry blossom lane!! Known as Dankazura, the final approach to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is lined and covered by hundreds of cherry trees. I think that it definitely creates one of Japan’s most spectacular cherry blossom tunnels. This was such a lovely experience that I ended up coming back to do the same cherry blossom covered walk a couple of times before the season ended.
Cherry blossoms filled the whole area with their sweet smell and are truly a sign of spring and summer to come.
At the end of the lane a huge shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine greets you!! It is the largest Shinto shrine in an otherwise almost solidly Buddhist Kamakura, but the lines to get in were very long so decided to come and visit on a weekday morning.
There was a light drizzle but that did not stop me from enjoying one of the most beautiful walks in Japan.