Cherry blossom - a flower symbolize Spring of Japan

Cherry blossom a.k.a. sakura flower. Cherry [桜 (Sakura)] is the most famous flower of spring in Japan. It is a flower showing a beautiful sight to each when blooming, start to scatter and after scattering.
Since the Heian period (during the 10th to the 11th century), cherry blossoms became a representative existence of flowers in Japan and becoming familiar both culturally and socially. If you have a 100 yen coin, please look. You will find cherry blossoms are engraved.
In Japan, cherry blossom is often likened to human life such as beautiful blooming or fade away. Partying under cherry blossoms in full bloom is one of the pleasure of Japanese spring time since old days. So, if you will visit Japan on early april, it is a must-see scene.
This popular tree is not only planted in the precincts of a temple or a shrine, but also in a park, roadside, riverside and more...
The typical color of flowers is light pink, but there is white, dark pink and light green, too.
It blooms from the end of March to the middle of April in Kamakura and Enoshima.
Here we'll guide you from famous and popular spots to hidden spots that only locals know, among Japanese to seeing this cherry blossoms that colors the spring of Japan.

Cherry blossom sightseeing spots guide

Center of Kamakura City Wider area of Kamakura City
Hase Town
  • Kotokuin Temple (a.k.a. Kamakura Daibutsu, Great Buddha)
Gokurakuji Shichirigahama Sakura no Promenade

In and around Enoshima Island Shinbayashi Park (Center area of Fujisawa City)

Dankazura way

Torii gate and cherry blossom in Kamakura
Dankazura way [段葛] is one of the most famous cherry blossom spot in Kamakura.
There used to be a row of big cherry trees in this place before, it was a very popular place in the season of flowers.
However, because of the renovation work of the way that took place in 2016, the old cherry trees were also replanted. The new trees are still small but you can enjoy a beautiful sight during the flower season in April.
Cherry flowers covered Dankazura way in Kamakura Cherry flowers at the entrance of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
[How to get there]
  • From East Exit of Kamakura Station, turn left at Wakamiya-oji [若宮大路] Avenue.
  • Then, you will find a red Torii gate in the center of the avenue.
  • Here is the "Ni-no-torii" gate, the starting point of Dankazura way.
More detail guide of Wakamiya-oji Avenue and Dankazura way here.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Cherry blossoms at the pond in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine [鶴岡八幡宮] is one of the most famous tourist spot in the center area of Kamakura.
The shrine has some ponds near the entance gate. Cherry trees are lined around there.
There are not many cherry trees in the precincts, but you can see Wakamiya-oji Avenue from top of the stairs with the main hall of the shrine. From here, you can see the rare scenery where a light pink line only during the cherry blossom season, passes through the center of Kamakura City.
Big cherry trees are lined aside of the pond You can see a sakura-colored line from the top of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
[How to get there]
  • From East Exit of Kamakura Station, turn left at Wakamiya-oji [若宮大路] Avenue.
  • Then, you will find a red Torii gate in the center of the avenue.
  • As you walk straight ahead, you will arrive in front of another red Torii gate. Here is the entrance of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
More detail guide of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine here.

Crossroad of Cherry Blossom

All over the crossroad are covered with cherry blossom
The way to the Shirahata Jinja Shrine.There is a really beautiful cherry blossom sightseeing spot between a quiet residential area and a school, a little walking from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine famous as a tourist spot.

Here is an no name crossroad where tourists do not visit so much but familiar to locals.
When you standing in the center of the crossroad and looking at the way in the 4 directions, there are big cherry trees in every directions, the sight that flowers in full bloom are likely to spill from the overhanging branches to cover the road is a must-see!

*Please pay attention to the surroundings as the car frequently passes in this place. Also, as it is a quiet residential area, please be careful not to make loud noise.
On the way from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine to the crossroad. Cherry trees are lining along the road between school and houses.
The area around the crossroad is a quiet residental area. Spring view of another side of the school and houses.
[How to get there]
  • From Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, turn right at the branch way before the Maiden Hall building [舞殿] and go straight for a while and leave the shrine.
  • When walking along the school on the left side for a while, there is a road to the right. Turn right here and go straight the road until the 2nd crossroad.
  • You will arrive at the crossroad with another school diagonally to the left.
  • Please look around here, you are in the center of cherry blossoms and all directions around you are dyed in pink!

Myohonji Temple and around

Myohonji Temple and cherry blossom
The gate of Myohonji Temple. Myohonji Temple [妙本寺], one of the nearest big temple from Kamakura Station, is known for autumn colors. Here is also known as a cherry blossom spot in the center area of the city, but tere are not many visitors compared to other places.

This temple has a long precincts in the back, cherry blossoms can be seen around "Soshido" hall building close to the mountain.
In front of "Soshido" hall, one of the biggest wooden buildings in Kamakura, cherry and hall crabapple flowers will bloom to compete around the beginning of April.
The main hall building of Myohonji Temple. The front garden of Myohonji Temple.
There are many small temples and shrines in the vicinity, as cherry blossoms are blooming at the entrance or the precincts, you can enjoy it by walking.
Some small temples in the area are also planting cherry trees. A cherry tree in Hongakuji Temple near Kamakura Station.
[How to get there]
  • From East Exit of Kamakura Station, turn right at Wakamiya-oji [若宮大路] Avenue. Then, turn left at the corner next to the post office.
  • Follow the road until end, turn right and cross the small river.
  • If you go straight ahead on the left road, you will arrive at the entrance gate of the temple. "Soshido" hall building is located on the end point of a gentle slope that has further straight ahead from the gate.
More detail guide of Myohonji Temple here.

Kenchoji Temple

Cherry blossoms in full bloom covered the gate of Kenchoji Temple.
Kenchoji Temple [建長寺] has a vast site and located in the north of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine which was the center of Kamakura Shogunate government, and it is also an important place as an entrance to the capital city. The temple has a long history and it ranked first in the denomination in Kamakura city among the temples of Zen-sect.
  • [Opening Hours] 8:30 to 16:30 everyday
  • [Admission] 500Yen per person / 250Yen For children under junior high school student.
  • [Movement with wheelchair] Possible
The precints of Kenchoji Temple dyed with cherry flowers.The temple was founden in 1253 and it is enshrining the Jizo Bodhisattva.
Buildings at the time of founded were lost as a result of later disasters, so they were newly constructed or transferred from other temples. However, the layout of temple buildings called "Garan-haich" arrangement where major buildings line-up in a straight line is maintained and the atmosphere of the time has been inherited to the present.

In Kenchoji Temple, most of cherry trees are planted on both sides of the path between the entrance gate and the "Sanmon" tower gate, and some are also near around the buildings.
Cherry trees are lined and bloom in the front garden of Kenchoji Temple. Huge wooden buildings and sakura flowers in Kenchoji Temple.
[How to get there]
  • From Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, There is a short tunnel as you walk along the road passing the left side of the shrine and climb up the slope.
  • After passing through the tunnel and walking further there is a place with a slightly larger parking lot on the right side.
  • There is a entrance of the temple behind the parking lot.

Komyoji Temple

Precincts of Komyoji Temple and cherry blossom.
Komyoji Temple [光明寺] is located near Zaimokuza Beach at the southeast end of Kamakura City. This temple said to have been built in 1243 and thanks to the asylum of Kamakura Shogunate, it was possible to develop various facilities on a vast site.
  • [Opening Hours] 6:00 to 17:00 everyday / 7:00 to 16:00 (Oct.15-Mar.31)
  • [Admission] Free
  • [Movement with wheelchair] Possible
The main gate of Komyoji Temple.The current main entrance gate was built in 1847 and is one of the largest gates in Kamakura with a width of 16 meters and a heights of 20 meters.
From the upper deck, it is possoble to see wonderful views of Yuigahama Beach, Enoshima Island and Mt.Fuji.

Depending of the season and time, you can visit upper floor of the gate. (Admission: 500 Yen per parson)

In the temple, the cherry blossoms can be seen mostly between the entrance gate and the main hall building. There are not many tourists visiting the temple where you can see many cherry blossoms, but residents living nearby often visit here and enjoy seeing the flowers.
Cherry trees are also planted in the vast garden with some buildings around the pond and it adds color to the spring scenery of the beautiful garden.
Komyoji Temple and Cherry flowers in spring. The garden of Komyoji Temple with flower of sakura.
[How to get there]
  • At Kamakura Station, go to East Exit [東口] and go to No.7 bus stop.
  • Take bus No.鎌40 for Shin-Zushi Station [新逗子駅] or No.鎌41 for Kotsubo [小坪] .
  • Take the bus 10 minutes and get off at the 8th bus stop Komyoji [光明寺].
  • (Fare: 200 Yen for Adult / 100 Yen for between 6-11 years old children / Free for under 5 years old children)
  • There is a entrance gate of the temple on the left front side of the bus stop.

Hasedera Temple

Hasedera's main hall building and full bloom cherry blossom.
Overview of Hasedera temple in spring.Most of all cherry trees are planted in upper precincts of the temple. Famous tourist and flower spot in the west of Kamakura, Hasedera Temple [長谷寺] is also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

It is really beautiful sight that the big and old cherry tree planted on the left side of Main hall building is in full bloom.
Sakura flowers in full bloom in upper garden of Hasedera Temple. Sakura flowers and Buddha statue in Hasedera
In the lower precincts of the temple, there are no cherry blossoms, but you can see various spring flowers around the pond.
Lower garden of Hasedera Temple in April Overview of the garden of Hasedera Temple.
As it is always crowded with many tourists during the daytime, if you can come early in the morning you will be able to see the flowers to your heart's content in a calm environment.
[How to get there]
  • From Hase Station of Enoden Line, turn right in front of the station and go straight for a while.
  • Then, you will arrive at the intersection with a wide road on your right.
  • Turn left and go straight the road to the end. Here is the entrance of Hasedera Temple.
More detail guide of Hasedera Temple here.

Kosokuji Temple

Fantastic view of full bloom cherry blossom at Kosokuji Temple.
200 years old Hall crabapple tree in full bloom in April.Known as a another famous flower sightseeing spot in Hase is locating next to Hasedera Temple.
Kosokuji Temple [光則寺] is not well-known small temple and visitors are less than Hasedera Temple. But it is one of the hidden cherry blossom spot which called "The temple of the flower in Kamakura".

When splendid cherry trees planted on both sides of near the entrance gate are in full bloom, you can see the scenery that imagines the place called Gokuraku-Jodo (The paradise) the ancient people longed for.
Also in front of main temple building, a tree of Hall crabapple ("Kaido" in Japanese) of a certain 200 years old that is planted, is blooming in the same period.
[How to get there]
  • From Hase Station of Enoden Line, turn right in front of the station and go straight for a while.
  • Then, you will arrive at the intersection with a wide road on your right.
  • Turn left at 2nd road of at the intersection and go the gentle uphill slope until the dead-end. Here is Kosokuji Temple.
More detail guide of Kosokuji Temple here.

Goryo Jinja Shrine

The main hall og Goryo Jinja Shrine and Cherry blossom.
Popular Hydrangea flower and Enoden Line train viewing spot Goryo Jinja Shrine [御霊神社] a pair of large cherry trees are planted on the left and right of the main shrine building. Cherry blossoms and old shrine building match well in a quiet mountain-side atmosphere.
Also along the railroad, you can see the Enoden Line train passing through the side where other spring flowers are blooming.
A Enoden train passing under the spring flowers at Goryo Jinja Shrine. Beautiful full bloom cherry trees near Hasedera Temple
On the road connecting the shrine and Hasedera Temple, there are large cherry trees planted in private houses in some places. Some of them have blooming surprisingly beautiful flowers.
[How to get there]
  • From Hase Station, cross the road in front of the station and go right until the road next to Shugenji Temple [收玄寺].
  • Turn left to go this road then turn left again at the end of the road.
  • There is a unpaved alley on your right, go straight the alley until a stone Torii gate. Here is Goryo Jinja Shrine.
More detail guide of Goryo Jinja Shrine here.

Amanawa Shinmei Jinja Shrine

Cherry blossoms brightly colored the old little shrine.
A few cherry trees are planted beside the torii gate. In Amanawa Shinmei Jinja Shrine [甘縄神明神社] which is said to be the oldest shrine in Kamakura, cherry trees planted between the stone Torii gate and stairway to main shrine building.

Although the cherry blossoms have a vivid impression, however you will be able to see flowers blooming at a low-keyed feeling that is suitable for a shrine quietly standing among residential streets.
[How to get there]
  • From Hase Station, turn right in front of the station and go straight until the next signal.
  • Then, turn right and go left side of the road until the corner next to a small fire station.
  • Turn left at the corner and there is a small shrine in the dead end of the road. Here is Amanawa Shinmei Jinja Shrine.

Jojuin Temple

Cherry blossom and ocean-view of Kamakura city in Jojuin Temple
Sakura flowers and the gate of Jojuin Temple.There are also some cherry trees in a small temple in the tranquil mountain between Gokurakuji and Hase which is known for "Slope of hydrangea flowers".
At the beginning of April, Jojuin Temple [成就院] is colored pink when the big cherry trees in front of the gate is in full bloom.

Unlike the hydrangea flower season, there are not so many visitors to the cherry blossom season.
[How to get there]
  • From Gokurakuji Station, turn left in front of the station and go uphill slope.
  • Go right road at the intersection near the red bridge.
  • As you walk along the way, you will see a long stairway on your right front. This is the western entrance of Jojuin Temple.
More detail guide of Jojuin Temple here.

Gokurakuji Station

Small Gokurakuji Station colored with beautiful cherry blossom.
Gokurakuji Station [極楽寺駅] of Enoden Line, the gateway of Gokurakuji Temple, is also good place to see cherry blossoms on the way to the temple.
There is a old cherry tree planted in front of the old small station building. You can see the picturesque scenery when it is in full bloom.
However, the tree is old and getting weakened in recent years, there is a possibility that we can not see this sight in the near future.

Gokurakuji Temple

Fully bloomed cherry flowers color the approach path of Gokurakuji Temple.
Old entrance gate of Gokurakuji Temple and Sakura flowers.One of the famous hydrangea flower spot Gokurakuji Temple [極楽寺] is also famous for row of cherry trees.

During the peak of cherry blossom season, covered with cherry blossoms planted both sides, the path of the temple like a pink-colored tunnel.
However, since this temple forbids teking pictures in he precincts, just take a picture only in front of the entrance gate. Please remember the scenery of the inside looking with your own eyes.

Shichirigahama Sakura no Promenade

Big cherry trees are lined in the center of residential area of Shichirigahama.
Shichirigahama Coast [七里ガ浜] is a popular sunset viewing spot, but do you know that there is a cherry blossoms viewing spot that is not-well-known on the hill climbing a long slope from the seaside?
There is a sidewalk with big cherry trees lined-up in the center of a residential area spreading on the top of slope. and it is named "Sakura no Promenade".
The appearance of cherry blossoms in full blooming branches is really beautiful and spectacular.
[How to get there]
  • From Shichirigahama Station, turn left and cross the small bridge to go to the main road.
  • At the main road, turn right and go to "Shichirigahama Station" [七里ヶ浜駅] bus stop.
  • You can take "Shichirigahama Circle-line Bus" [七里ガ浜循環] from here. It departs every 15-20 minutes.
  • Please get off at 4th stop "Shichirigahama Sakura no Promenade Mae" [七里ガ浜 桜のプロムナード前]. (Approximately 2 minutes trip, 180 Yen for adult / 90 Yen for children)
  • *If you return to Shichirigahama Station, you can take a same bus.

Ryukoji Temple

Cherry blossoms and the gate of Ryukoji Temple.
Ryukoji Temple [龍口寺], the biggest and oldest temple near around Enoshima Island is also the famous cherry blossoms viewing spot in the area.
In this temple, cherry trees are planted the entrance gate and in the precincts, but in particular, the cherry trees in front of the entrance gate are known as one of the few places where you can see Enoden trains and cherry blossoms together. On the weekend when the flowers are in full bloom, many photographers and railway fans come and visit here to see the beautiful sight.
Sakura flowers and main buildings of Ryukoji Temple. Cherry flowers at the front garden of Ryukoji Temple.
Some big cherry trees are in full bloom around the gate of Ryukoji Temple. Ryukoji Temple is one of the view spot of Enoden train and cherry blossom.
[How to get there]
  • From Enoshima Station (Enoden Line)
  • Turn right and cross the railroad crossing and turn right again at the first traffic light.
  • From Shonan-Enoshima Station ground floor (Shonan Monorail)
  • Turn left and turn left again at the first traffic light.
  • Then as you walk down the street, there is a slopeon your left. There is a temple across the slope.
More detail area guide for Ryukoji Temple.

Nakatsunomiya Square

Fully bloomed cherry trees are lined in Enoshima Island.
In Nakatsunomiya Square that is in between Enoshima Jinja Shrine Hetsunomiya main shrine and Nakatsunomiya Shrine, where flowers are blooming every season, spring flowers bloom besides cherry blossoms ,so you can enjoy a colorful sight here.
It is also a scene that seems to be Enoshima Island that you can see the cat and cherry blossom together. All the early spring flowers are in full bloom at the garden in Enoshima.
Especially, there are many cherry blossoms around the brown bronze Torii gate, and you can see the scenery like spring in Japan with pink nd white flowers and a Torii gate lined up.
Beautiful white and pink cherry blossom are in full blooom around the Torii gate. Fantastic spring view from the Torii gate of Enoshima Jinja Shrine.
[How to get there]
  • Go up the slope of Nakamise Street to the big Red Torii gate.
  • Then, go up stairway of the tower gate to Enoshima Jinja Shrine.
  • If you arrived at Enoshima Jinja Shrine, go to direction for Nakatsunomiya Square.
  • When you pass through the dark brown Torii gate and down few stairs, Here is Nakatsunomiya Square.
More detail guide of Enoshima Jinja Shrine here.

Kamegaoka Square

Kawazu-zakura a kind of fast blooming cherry tree in full bloom from the middle of Feb.
At the square on the top of Enoshima Island, interestingly we can enjoy cherry blossoms twice a year. The first time from the beginning to the middle of February, the second time is the beginning of April in the general cherry blossom season.
Standard cherry trees are bloom from the beginning of April in Enoshima. Flower of Kawazu-zakura is darker than standard cherry flowers.
The cherry trees blooming in February are the early blooming varieties called "Kawazu-zakura" [河津桜] which blooms a darker pink flower than ordinaly cherry blossoms.
The blooming period is also overlap with "Shonan no Hoseki" winter illumination event. So, you can see lit-up cherry blossoms at night (called as "Yozakura" in Japanese) that one of the earliest Yozakura around Tokyo.
[How to get there]
  • Use "Escar" (paid-escalator) or walk stairway from the red Torii gate that stands at the end of Nakamise Street slope.
  • When you reach the top of the island, go to the square on the left. (If you go to right, you will go to Samuel Cocking Garden and Sea Candle tower.)
More detail guide of Kamegaoka Square here.

Okutsunomiya Shrine

Old stone torii gate and cherry flowers.
Many kinds of plants are planted around Okutsunomiya Shrine, the oldest and original Enoshima Jinja Shrine, in the forefront of Enoshima Island. There are also several big cherry blossom trees beside the stone torii gate and we can see the emotional and beautiful scene like a collaboration of flowers and old shrine facilities in early April.
In the surroundings, other flowers such as Camellia and Japanese plum are often blooming the same time, so you can enjoy various flowers at once.
Weeping plum trees are also bloom in the season. Sakura flowers and old shrine in Enoshima.

Shinbayashi Park (near Fujisawa Station)

The mountain where there is an old Japanese-style house is actually near the center of Fujisawa city.
If you go through Fujisawa when you go to Enoshima Island, there are some fantastic cherry blossom sights near the center of the town worth going to see even if you dropping in on the way.

Although this Shinbayashi Park [新林公園] is located only 1 km from the station, there is rich nature that can not be thought to be near the center of the city. The old Japanese wooden houses are preserved and open to the public here.
Cherry blossoms are planted around these old houses and in the square above the stairs on the right side of the park, and many locals visit to see the flowers.
Old Japanese-style gate also stands in the park. Big cherry trees planted in the park.
Since there are places where you can see cherry blossoms in some places on the way between the station and this park, we strongly recommend you to drop in at these places.

The first place is a river between the station and the park, with large cherry trees lining along the river, and it is very beautiful when the flowers bloom. Many locals visit the river close to walking from the station when the flowers are in full bloom.

Another place is a small park surrounded by buildings, on the way from the station to the river. There are also many cherry blossom trees here, and sometimes people in the neighborhood are having a cherry-blossom viewing party .
These parks and rivers in Fujisawa are close to many shops such as supermarkets or department store, and unlike other places in Enoshima and Kamakura, you can enjoy cherry-blossom viewing party ("Hanami" we call) is possible. However, please do not leave your trash.
There are also many cherry blossom trees in the embankment of the river on the way to the park. Sakura trees are also planted in the park inear Fujisawa Station.
[How to get there]
  • From the ground level at the south exit of Fujisawa Station,
  • Turn left and go straight ahead between the buildings. While walking further straight while watching Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's on the right side there is a big OK supermarket building on the left. Go to the slope down to the right, in front of the supermarket.
  • When you turn left at the first intersection that went down the slope, there is a park ahead. Here is the small park with cherry blossom trees.
  • Go straight ahead from this park and you will come to the river. This river is a place with cherry blossoms.
  • Turn right at the side along the river and go across the second bridge to the front of the school. Turning to the right, you will see the entrance of the park on the left. Here is Shinbayashi Park.
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