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.
[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?
[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
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.
Where is the good place to see Cherry blossoms?
Center of Kamakura City
Flower spot of Kawazu-zakura in Enoshima Island are...
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
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
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.
Where is the good place to see roses?
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.
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.
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 [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?
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
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.