Seasonal flowers guide in Kamakura and Enoshima

Hydrangea flower and red torii gate.Thanks to a warm and sunny climate, this Enoshima and Kamakura area is suitable for the growth of a great variety of plants. In addition, big old trees often stands in the garden or the precincts of historical shrines and temples. Because of it, we can enjoy seasonal beautiful flowers.
We will guide you some kind of popular seasonal flower and where you can see it, in this page.

What kind of flowers you can see

Japanese Plum (Ume)

Japanese Plum blossom and Enoden train in Goryo Jinja Shrine.
Blossom of Japanese Plum (Ume)Japanese Plum [梅 (Ume)] is one of the representing flowers of the early spring of Japan.
The typical color of the flower is pink or white and blooms from the middle of January to March in Kamakura and Enoshima.
Japanese Plum trees are often planted in the precincts of the temples and the shrines.
Where is the good place to see Japanese Plum?

Cherry blossom (Sakura)

Cherry blossom at the shrine in Enoshima.
Enoden train and Cherry (Sakura) flower at Ryukoji Temple.Cherry [桜 (Sakura)] is the most famous flower of spring in Japan.
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.

Kawazu-zakura [河津桜] a kind of cherry that has dark pink colored flower blooms earlier than standard cherry. It blooms from February to the beginning of March, depends on the place.
In Enoshima Island, it will bloom in the beginning of February at Kamegaoka Square on top of the island. The 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.
Kawazu zakura in full bloom on February. Kawazu zakura cherry blossom is darker than standard cherry flower.
Where is the good place to see Cherry blossoms?
Inner Island Katase Town Shichirigahama Gokurakuji Hase Center of Kamakura City Flower spot of Kawazu-zakura in Enoshima Island are...

False baindweed

Full bloom of False baindweed flowers and Enoshima.
Flowers of False baindweed.When you visit Katase Nishihama Beach on the middle of May, you'll find many small pink flowers at the landside of the sand beach. This is False baindweed [浜昼顔(Hama hirugao)].
It was the common flower which we can see at the beach, but drastically decreases in recent years.
Where is the good place to see?
  • Landside of Katase Nishihama Beach (especially near around of western riverside and Shonan Kaigan Koen beach park)

Rose

Rose garden of Kamakura museum of Literature.
Rose flower.The Rose is the plant which grew wild in Japan originally. But it came to be generally loved since Meiji era.
In Kamakura and Enoshima, it is often planted in the garden of a personal house or villa built after the Meiji era.
There is a time of flowering twice a year, from the middle of May to middle of June and from the middle of October to middle of November.

The garden of Kamakura Museum of Literature is the most popular rose flower spot in Kamakura. Everyday during the flower season, a lot of photographers and tourists visit here at the same time open the gate.

Another rose garden is in the top of Enoshima Island.
At Windsor Square in Samuel Cocking Garden, the roses gifted from Windsor City in Canada (a sister city of Fujisawa) is planted and pleased visitors.
Windsor rose garden at Samuel Cocking Garden in Enoshima. These roses are gifted from Windsor City in Canada.
Where is the good place to see roses?

Autumn Colors

Autumn colors illumination in Hasedera Temple.
Japanese Maple leaves are turned red at Ryukoji Temple.To see Autumn colors [紅葉 (Koyo)] is one of the highlight for travelling Japan in Autumn.
In Kamakura and Enoshima, because of a warm climate, you can see Autumn colors from the end of November to early December that is later than other places of Japan.

If you would like to see Autumn Colors here, Kamakura is the best place because there are many famous spots.
Especially among them, we recommend to go and see at the garden of Hasedera Temple in Hase. Because the light-up of the autumn colors garden is held and specially open at evening.
Lit-up autumn colored garden of Hasedera Temple. Autumn leaves covered a building of Hasedera Temple.
As there are many evergreen trees in Enoshima Island, so there are not so many trees that turned red or yellow. But still you can see autumn color of maple trees and ginkgo trees in the coastal park and around the shrines. Above all, a big ginkgo tree in Enoshima Jinja Shrine that is totally turned yellow, soars is wonderful.
Ginkgo leaves are turned yellow at Enoshima Jinja Shrine. Autumn leaves colored Enoshima Island slightly.
At Ryukoji Temple in Katase Town, there is several big ginkgo trees around the entrance gate and also you can see some maple trees which turned red at the mountain side.
Where is the good place to see Autumn Colors?

Tulip

Tulips are bloom in winter in Enoshima.
Tulip [チューリップ] is another popular spring flower in Japan. However in Enoshima Island, it blooms in the cold winter days on the middle of December to end of January.
This specially grown tulips planted and bloom in the mid-winter at the entrance of Samuel Cocking Garden every year.
Where is the good place to see?

Other seasonal flowers

Flower decorations of Colors-fest event in Enoshima.
During the period of "Colors-Fest!" event (from April to June every year), lot of colorful flowers planted in Nakatsunomiya Square and Samuel Cocking Garden in Enoshima.

At seaside cliff in Yama-futatsu Valley of the island, you can see Hydrangea in June and July, Cosmos in October and November, Japanese pampas grass in September and October.

In Hase town west of Kamakura, there is two famous temple that is called as "The temple of flowers", Hasedera Temple and Kosokuji Temple. Some flower always bloom in these temple.
Lot of small flowers displayed in the garden. Flowers and Sea Candle tower in Enoshima.
Siberian iris bloom on June. Japanese Camellia flower bloom on December to January.
Blossoms of Cosmos in the valley of Enoshima. Japanese pampas grass bloom from late summer.
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