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2012/04/28 - Hiraizumi Report
by sean

Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture became recognized as a Unesco World Heritage just last year. Today, I have the privilege to visit the culturally important properties of Chusonji Temple and Motsuji Temple. While neither of these world heritage sites are known to be great cherry blossom viewing spots, the main road which connects Chusonji to Hiraizumi Station is lined with rows of cherry trees which provide pretty nice views.

April 28, 2012 - Full bloom

As I arrived at the station earlier than the opening times of Chusonji and Motsuji, the road was still not crowded even though today was the start of the Golden Week Holidays.

I found the cherry blossoms here to have seemingly just reached their peak: the trees look full and beautiful, but if you look closely enough there are still some buds which have yet to open. With the warm weather today however, I am sure all the buds will blossom before long.

The weather forecast has predicted fine weather over the next few days, which is great news for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) goers during the weekend and the Golden Week. I am expecting peak period to last here for about a week.

Cherry blossoms in full bloom
Road leading to Chusonji
View from the Easterm Lookout of Chusonji
Beautiful Pure Land Buddhism garden of Motsuji
Rental bicycles half the walking time to Chusonji and Motsuji to ten and five minutes respectively
I was lucky to be able to ride on a special Zipangu train

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List of Posts:
2012/05/09 - Sapporo Report
2012/05/08 - Hakodate Report
2012/05/07 - Hirosaki Report
2012/04/30 - Hirosaki Report
2012/04/29 - Kakunodate Report
2012/04/28 - Takizakura Report
2012/04/28 - Kitakami Report
2012/04/28 - Aizu Report
2012/04/28 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/04/25 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/04/25 - Sendai Report
2012/04/24 - Fukushima Report
2012/04/18 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/17 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/16 - Yoshino Report
2012/04/15 - Kanazawa Report
2012/04/15 - Tottori Report
2012/04/14 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/14 - Osaka Report
2012/04/14 - Himeji Report
2012/04/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/12 - Yokohama Report
2012/04/12 - Kamakura Report
2012/04/11 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/10 - Hiroshima Report
2012/04/09 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/09 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/07 - Osaka Report
2012/04/06 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/06 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/06 - Nagoya Report
2012/04/04 - Fukuoka Report
2012/04/03 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/03 - Kumamoto Report
2012/04/02 - Kagoshima Report
2012/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2012/03/31 - Tokyo Report
2012/03/22 - Tokyo Report
2012/03/15 - Tokyo Report