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.
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.
I went straight and crossed the railway. Mt. Matsuda is right in front of me.
I walked through JR Matsuda Station and...
I walked through a residential area. The weather was pretty nice.
And then, I went across Tomei Expressway
The entrance to Mt. Matsuda should be around here...
Oh, I found it! I'm now going up to Saimyoji Temple Historical Park!
I went up through comfortable stairs like this.
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.
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.
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...
The mountainous path was like this. It was quite comfortable and easy to walk on.
In some places, the path was all covered in the shade.
After going through the shade, I encountered a locked fence on the way. It seems like this fence is for boars and deers.
I arrived at the open space!
The sky is so vast... Hmm? Well... I seemed to catch a glimpse of something moving in the sky...
Ahh, it was a paraglider!
It seems like they were flying from the upper area of this mountain. It must be cool!
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.
The fresh green is pretty comfortable.
It was so comfortable that I took a photo of the leaves above my head.
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.
I walked and walked, and found some Sakura trees again. It must be the sign that my goal is nearby.
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
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.
It is, indeed, a fairytale-like view.
Last weekend, they had a Sakura festival here. It must be much more gorgeous to be here one week ago.
Here's a macro shot of Sakura blossoms. So lovely.
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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