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2015/04/18

Sakura Report 2015 - Visiting Saimyoji Temple Historical Park, An Earthly Paradise of Kanagawa Prefecture

Shin-Matsuda Station

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/500 sec, ISO-100)

Today, I decided to come to a mountainous area of Kanagawa Prefecture to see Sakura blossoms in the second half of Sakura Season. The starting point is Shin-Matsuda Station near Odawara.

 

Shopping Street of Matuda Town

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/500 sec, ISO-100)

I walked to the north through the shopping street. By the way, I found a Sake brewery on the way so I will re-visit this town to go there someday.

 

Railroad Crossing at Matuda Town

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/500 sec, ISO-100)

I went straight and crossed the railway. Mt. Matsuda is right in front of me.

 

Matsuda Station

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/640 sec, ISO-100)

I walked through JR Matsuda Station and...

 

Between Houses at Matsuda Town

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO-100)

I walked through a residential area. The weather was pretty nice.

 

Going Under Tomei Expressway

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO-100)

And then, I went across Tomei Expressway

 

Along Tomei Expressway

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec, ISO-100)

The entrance to Mt. Matsuda should be around here...

 

Entrance of Trecking Path to Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2, 1/2000 sec, ISO-100)

Oh, I found it! I'm now going up to Saimyoji Temple Historical Park!

 

Entrance to Mt Matsuda

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO-100)

I went up through comfortable stairs like this.

 

Mt Matsuda Herb Garden

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec, ISO-100)

I arrived at Mt. Matuda Herb Garden. My goal was not here so I had a little break in the shade and started to walk again.

 

From Mt Matuda Herb Garden to Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2, 1/2000 sec, ISO-100)

It was a bit hard to understand which way to go. I walked along a small railway of trains for children. The mountainous path is available from here.

 

Weeping Sakura Blossoms Falling

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO-100)

At the very beginning of the mountainous path stood Weeping Sakura trees. They were like half blooming and half falling. I wish Sakura trees above should be in full bloom...

 

Mountainous Path at Mt Matsuda

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/160 sec, ISO-100)

The mountainous path was like this. It was quite comfortable and easy to walk on.

 

Deep Forest to Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO-100)

In some places, the path was all covered in the shade.

 

First Door to Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2, 1/200 sec, ISO-100)

After going through the shade, I encountered a locked fence on the way. It seems like this fence is for boars and deers.

 

Open Space to Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec, ISO-100)

I arrived at the open space!

 

The Sky over Mt Matsuda

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec, ISO-100)

The sky is so vast... Hmm? Well... I seemed to catch a glimpse of something moving in the sky...

 

Paraglider from Mt Matsuda

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, Kenko DIGITAL TELEPLUS PRO300 2X DGX (400mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO-100)

Ahh, it was a paraglider!

 

Sakura Trees on the Way to Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO-100)

It seems like they were flying from the upper area of this mountain. It must be cool!

 

Second Door to Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2, 1/400 sec, ISO-100)

I started to walk again and soon I encountered the second locked fence. Are there many wild animals here? I've indeed found no animals so far, though.

 

Mountainous Path in Fresh Green

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2, 1/800 sec, ISO-100)

The fresh green is pretty comfortable.

 

Fresh Green at Mt Matsuda

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO-100)

It was so comfortable that I took a photo of the leaves above my head.

 

Fumewort at Mt Matuda

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO-400)

At the bottom of my legs grew flowers of Fumewort. I might have seen this before, but it must be the first time to take photos of them. I love this purple color with the fresh green.

 

Some Sakura Trees to Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO-100)

I walked and walked, and found some Sakura trees again. It must be the sign that my goal is nearby.

 

Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO-125)

After a bit of walk from the Sakura trees, I finally arrived at my goal, Saimyoji Temple Historical Park. It was like an earthly paradise. As you can see from this photo, you can come here by car, too. lol

 

Pond at Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (19mm, f/10, 1/50 sec, ISO-100)

There is a small pond at the center of the park. Although many of the Sakura blossoms had already fallen off, I enjoyed the combination with other colorful blossoms.

 

Colorful Blossoms over Pond at Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO-125)

It is, indeed, a fairytale-like view.

 

Colorful Blossoms at Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM, Kenko DIGITAL TELEPLUS PRO300 2X DGX (38mm, f/22, 1/8 sec, ISO-100)

Last weekend, they had a Sakura festival here. It must be much more gorgeous to be here one week ago.

 

Sakura Blossoms at Saimyoji Temple Historic Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD, Kenko DIGITAL TELEPLUS PRO300 2X DGX (180mm, f/11, 1/100 sec, ISO-800)

Here's a macro shot of Sakura blossoms. So lovely.

 

Matsuda Town

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/13, 1/100 sec, ISO-100)

The last photo was a view of Matuda Town from my way back to the station. Matsuda Town looks like a good town with a quiet residential area and nature.

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Takumi Nasuno. Tanagura Supporters' Ambassador (Official supporter of Tanagura Town of Fukushima Prefecture). A man who recommends TRIPLESSO just as he likes. A multi-language blogger for mainly nature photography. Currently I'm off from my main job (knowledge management and data analytics) and devoting myself to childcare for my newborn baby for half a year.
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