This past weekend my family took a quintessential cherry blossom viewing day trip. We chose to go to the Miurakaigan area here in the Kanagawa prefecture. Close to our home we hopped on a two separate Keikyu trains, and arrived in at the Miurakaigan Keikyu station adorned apropos in pink and posters of these beloved cherry blossoms by the locals and world travelers.
As you step outside of the Miurakaigan station you see the hanging pink cherry blossom color lanterns and gorgeous, lush, full cherry blossoms in the trees planted poignantly with care near the station and parallel to the street shops.
After enduring a cold and often windy winter season in Japan, and then are greeted by these beautiful cherry blossoms in the atmosphere of Japan, called sakura in Japanese, you understand why these pink and white blossoms are so beloved in books, art, and Japanese culture. These cherry blossoms signify beauty, fragility, and shortness of life. The arrival of the cherry blossoms, sakura, often occurs in Kanagawa prefecture and throughout Japan from March till April. Hanami, or flower-viewing parties, are very popular in Japan. While many Japanese work on Saturdays, Sundays are the most common day off work during the week. During the month of March this often yields crowds of people in quest to catch a glimpse of these gorgeous blooms.
Once you walk through the shopping and restaurant area near the Miurakaigan train station, you’ll start seeing the Sakuramatsuri viewing signs that point you along the path that leads to the Miurakaigan Lake scenic area.
As you continue up the hill, you’ll follow a path along a gentle turning road, that leads you to the Miurakaigan Lake area. On the right side of the path, the train tracks are viewable, allowing you to take perfect snap shots of trains and cherry blossoms. These cherry blossoms and yellow blooms along the path are perfect for family photos. We asked several fellow sakura viewers if they would snap a few photos of us all together, and many politely took our picture.
Following the path it was easy to find our way back to the train station, and then to retrace our train route home. We had a wonderful time out sakura viewing.