Hello everyone, nice to meet you.
I am Vivi, the new trainee here in Techno Research. Let’s go to see beautiful area around Mt. Fuji, Hakone, and Izu.
This time, I went to see Shidare-zakura at Chōkozan, Iriuda. Shidare-zakura (Cerasus spachiana) or weeping cherry, is a species of cherry tree with drooping branches that looks like a weeping person’s face (Shidare means to droop or to weep in Japanese).
From the station to Chōkozan, we need to walk around 10 minutes.
Here is some of the photo I took while walking. The air is nice and there are cute little flowers here and there along the road. I love flowers, so I was delighted to see many beautiful flowers.
I arrived at Chōkozan with many other people who would like to enjoy mankai (full-bloom) sakura. There are two ways to take to go to see the 300 years old sakura tree. With stairs and no stairs (for people with wheel chair, etc.) The path without stairs is a bit hot so its better to wear a hat (I forgot to bring it tough). A little bit tiring because the road is a bit uphill, but everyone were so eager to climb the road to see the sakura. By the way, I suggest taking the one with stairs. Because its cooler and gives you more beautiful scenery. Also, the path with stairs lead you to a peaceful walking path surrounded by Japanese Cedar tree (Cryptomeria japonica).
After a long walk, finally, the Shidare-zakura!!!
The exquisite sakura-tree is said to be planted from Edo period about 340 years ago by the daimyo, Inaba Masanori. This is a very big tree with height around 13 m and the tree circumference is about 4.7 m.
The full-bloom flowers look like a pinkish waterfall, presenting us a lovely sight. The most outstanding tree around this perfecture, attract so many people from every place to see it with their own eyes.
On the top of the Chōkozan hill, there are many people already. Even tough the walk was a bit tiring, everyone was very enthusiast and happy to see the Shidare-zakura. There are also small shops, so you can admire enormous sakura-trees while trying local foods.
It’s time for me to go home… On the way back I took a picture of this statue, someone was putting a flower in its hand, I think that is sweet. Last picture, when we wait for our train, the sakura-tree was reflected on the train window.
This is the spring of Japan, there are so many beautiful sakura-blossom everywhere you go. I wish everyone can get the chance to see Shidare-zakura too! Have a beautiful day, as beautiful as the sakura flower.
|Name of the event||Shidare-zakura at Chōkōzan 2015|
|Address||Kanagawa-ken, Odawara-shi, Iriuda 303|
|Period||around the last of March until early April|
|Getting there||Walking from Hakone Tozan Line, Iriuda Station about 20 minutes|
* Please refer to the latest info before visiting the place.