The cherry blossom (sakura) is Japan’s unofficial national flower. It has been celebrated for many centuries and holds a very prominent position in Japanese culture. There are many dozens of different cherry tree varieties in Japan, most of which bloom for just a couple of days in spring. The seasonal spectacle is celebrated with hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties under the trees. – http://www.japan-guide.com
This is my first time to see the actual beauty of Sakura. I am very lucky that I’ve been here in Japan early of April because Cherry Blossoms only last for a couple of weeks during the start of Spring.
Before I begin my Sakura Adventure, I made some research on what are the best viewing Spots of Cherry Blossoms near Yokohama Prefecture.
Here’s the result of Best Hanami in Yokohama:
Misuike Park (Misuike Koen)
Mitsuike Park is one of Japan’s 100 best cherry blossom spots”, the only found in the city of Yokohama. Like its name suggests, MitsuikePark features three ponds around which over a thousand cherry trees are planted.
Sankeien is a Japanese Landscape garden with a central pond, various historical buildings moved there from across the country, and several hundred cherry trees.
Negisihi Forest (Negishi Shinrin Koen)
A formerhorse race track and golf course, Negishi Forest Park is now one of Yokohama’s most Pleasant cherry blossom spots, featuring wide lawns and a forest with a considerable number of cherry trees.
Mitsuzawa Park (Mitsuzawa Koen)
Mitsuzawa Park is home to various sports facilities, including a soccer stadium and many tennis courts. Cherry trees can be found all across the park with the highest concentration around Sakurayama (“Cherry Blossom Mountain”) in the park’s northwestern corner.
(Information from http://www.japan-guide.com)
Ang mga napuntahan ko dito ay ang Misuike Park at Sankeien Garden.
Talagang napaka ganda ng mga Park na ito. Yung feeling na pinapanood mo lang sa anime then bigla na lang bibigyan ka ng chance na makita ito in person – It’s a dream Come True! Di lahat ng mga nagpupunta sa Japan ay naaabutan ang napakagandang season ng Sakura.
I’ve been blessed. And this is one of my experiences that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Tara simulan na natin ang aking Sakura Journey!
Note: Super Google Map will be quite a handy while going to this place.
2:00pm ng mag arrive ako sa Tsurumi Station (Negishi Train Line, Yokohama).
Sobrang happy lang dahil agad akong sinamahan at tinulungan noong may inapproach ako na Japanese Beauty para magtanong ng location.
Jonat: Excuse me, Do you know this Place? (Sabay turo sa Picture)
Japanese Beauty: Yah, Are you going to view the Sakura?
Japanese Beauty: Oh I think it’s already too late. Sakura season is already finished But I think you will still see some Raining Sakura.
Jonat: Really? Oh its too bad. But still I want to see the Place. Can you help me?
Japanese Beauty: Sure. Come. I’ll show you where is the bus stop.
After 30 minutes of Travel time from Tsurumi Train Station, Nakita ko na rin ang bungad ng napaka gandang park ng Misuike.
Simplicity is always the Best View.
Sa bungad ng park, sinalubong ako ng napakalawak na Pond at nag gagandahang mga Bulalak. Spring Season na talaga!
I really love the Flowers here. Nakakatangal ng stress.
As I walked deeper inside the Park, I saw a lot of Japanese having their Picnic under the Sakuras. Maybe this was a tradition, A Celebration Under the Beautiful Sakura Trees.
The views of Misuike Park have become more and more unrealistic as I go search for my Forever.
If this will be like a dream, I don’t want to wake up anymore. Peace!
I may not see the Full Bloom Season of Sakura but I can tell you that It’s indeed beautiful and worth it to take a visit.
Hopefully, I can go back to this place with my Family and try also to experience Hanami. Take a Photo. Have a Picnic. Share Simple Talks. And Enjoy the Scenery.
Napadaan din ako sa isang Japanese Temple. Maliit lang ngunit elegante kapag pinasok mo sa loob. Makikita mo dito ang mga ilang antique japanese utensils, art works at Kimonos.
Pagkalabas ko ng Temple, Naabutan ko ang isang bata na naglalaro ng Mini Kabura-ya (literally, “turnip-arrow ).
FYI: In battle, particularly around the time of the Heiean Period, kabura-ya would be shot before a battle, to alert the enemy.- wikipedia
Akala ko madali pero noong nagtry ako, wala man lang akong naipasok miski isa.hehe
I rested to this place for about 30 minutes. Hindi ko mapigilan na magpahinga dito habang pinapanood ang mga batang naglalaro.
I realize that Travelling alone is a little bit sad. Wala kang makakakwentuhan at mag pipicture sayo. Subalit ang paglalakbay din mag isa ay magbibigay sayo ng mas malalim na pagkakakilanlan sa sarili. Huwag nga lang parating mag Travel Alone at baka isang araw ay tinatawag mo na rin sina Crispin at Basilyo. haha
The good thing about being a Lone Rider is that you have the whole day to walk at your own pace, set your own itinerary, eat your favorite food, enjoy the serene view. Ask a Stranger if they can take your photo as a remembrance. See other people’s smile naturally and believe in yourself that even if get lost, you will definitely find your way back home.
Sankeien Garden is aspacious Japanese garden created by Sankei Hara, a successful Yokohama businessman who had built a fortune through his silk business. The garden is approximately 175,000 m^2 in space and is located on land facing Tokyo Bay. The construction started in 1902 and took 20 years to complete.
Sankeien Garden also served as a place to develop modern Japanese culture including art, literature and Chanoyu(or the tea ceremony ritual). – http://www.sankeien.or.jp
Ang next kong pinuntahan ay ang Sankeien Garden. Medyo nagdadalwang isip pa nga ako kung itutuloy dahil sabi nang nakausap kong Japanese Beauty ay tapos na ang Sakura Season. Pero pinush ko pa rin, dala dala ang pag asa na may masisilayan pa rin akong mga cherry blossoms at nag gagandahang mga flowers.
At hindi nga ako nadissapoint. Laking pagsisisi sana kung humiga na lang ako maghapon sa kama para magpahinga.
3:00pm ng mag arrived ako sa Sankeien Garden. 500 Yen ang entrance fee.
Sulit na sulit ang 500 Yen sa mga nakita ko. Parang nag travel back ako sa Edo Period. Sabi din nila ang mga temple na makikita dito ay hawig sa Kyoto. Kaya excited akong bisitahin ang kasuluksulukan ng park.
I advice na humingi kayo ng Sankeien Map para mapadali ang paglalakbay sa loob ng garden at maiwasan mamiss out ang ilang mga temples. Ang iba kasi sa mga attraction dito ay tago.
Kapag nakakakita ako ng bridge. haha nag papapicture talaga ako. Sadyang maganda lang ang background kaya kahit sino na lang na dumaan eh nakikiusap ako to take a photo of me.
Jonat: Can you take a photo of me?
Medyo magaling umangulo ang mga Japanese sa Photography. Likas ata sa kanila ang pagiging artistic. Or sadyang ang Cute ko lang. haha
Ngaun lang ulit ako nakakita ng mga lumalangoy na bibe at pagong. Nakakarefresh talaga ang lugar na ito. Being closer to Nature is one way to heal our inner soul. True!
Here’s some of the Temples at Sankeien Garden:
Main Hall of Old Tomyoji
Built in 1457 during Muromachi Period. Moved in 1987during Showa Era as in the case of the Three-story Pagod, this building was relocated from Tomyoji of Kyoto Prefecture.
Former Yanoharake House
This was originally built in shirakawa-go, small traditional villages located in Gifu Prefecture now designated as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Among all the buildings in Sankeien Garden, it is the only one whose interior is open to the public at all times. You can also see inside some farming tools used in the Hida region.
Three-story Pagoda of Old Tomyoji
Built in 1457 during Muromachi Period. Moved in 1914 during Taisho Era. This pagoda used to be at Tomyoji, an abandoned temple in Kizugawa City of Kyoto Prefecture.This is currently the oldes wooden Pagoda in the Kanto region.
From this Pagoda, You can also see the Bird’s Eye View of Sankeien Garden.
I really like the view from here. “Wow!” lang ang nasabi ko the whole time na tinitingnan ang overview ng Sankeien Garden.
Sa Teisha Bridge ko naman nakilala ang South African Couple na namamasyal din sa Japan.
Jonat: Thank you for taking my picture. Where are you came from?
Couple: We are from South Africa. How about you?
Jonat: I’m from Philippines.
Couple: Yesterday, we are in Manila. Our Airplane have a Stop Over there before we went to Japan.
Jonat: Really? You should also go and check out some places in the Philippines. There’s a lot of Beautiful Places there to visit.
Couple: Sure! Maybe Next time.
Maraming mga exhibit artworks ang makikita dito. Nakakamangha at talagang nakakabighani ang gawa ng mga Japanese Artists.
Makikita rin dito ang guidelines regarding Flower’s Seasons and Events throughout the Year in Sankeien.
Enjoy the Show!
Habang nagmamasid sa Wisteria Trellis (Front of Kakushokaku Temples), Ako’y napakurot sa aking puso.
Namiss ko tuloy ang mga Kapatid at Magulang ko. Sana makapag Picnic din kami ng Sama-Sama ng katulad nito.
This picture portrays how The Old and The Modern Couples meet in the same Generation. Who’s sweeter?
I guess pare-parehas tayo ng sagot. The Old Couple who are crossing the Bridge.
Na-realize ko na when you grow old together as a couple, the conversation of every stories you both made for the decades will echo in every step that you would take.
For me, the most precious moment that you will have is the moment when we walk in the park, hands intertwined, feeling like a newly wed couple, walking in the Isle of Everlasting Bridge of Love even when the years have passed.
I wrapped up my Sakura Journey while looking to this Bangka.
Right now, I’m like this bird riding a boat. I know that I can probably soar high. Fly to the sky. Go to different places. But I choose to ride solemnly not knowing where might this Boat take me.
So long, I’m thinking this thought. Like Homaru-san said, “Cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.”
I want to cherish life while riding the Bangka and believing God will give me one amazing sail.
And one day I will be looking back to those places smiling while my eyes keep on closing, closing to all the beauty of the world which the Lord Created for all of us.
How to go to Sankeien Garden
From Yokohama Station:
Take bus number 8 or 125 from the station’s east exit to Honmoku Sankeien-mae (35 minutes) from where Sankeien is another five minutes by foot.
From Negishi Station
Take the JR Negishi Line to Negishi Station from where it is a ten minutebus ride by line number 54, 58, 99, 101 or 108 to Honmoku. From there, Sankeien is another 5-10 minutes by foot. Alternatively, you can walk from Negishi Station to Sankeien in about 30-45 minutes or take a taxi (about 1000 yen one way).
Hours and Fees in Sankeien Garden
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: December 29 to 31
How to go to Misuike Park
From Tsurumi Train Station
Mitsuike Koen Kitamon bus stop (city bus number 104 from Shin-Yokohama or Tsurumi Stations).
You can also visit other places in Kanto Region: