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Yokohama, the second most populous city in Japan close to Tokyo Metropolis also has some cherry viewing spots but most of the best spots are lesser known. Some of these places, Mitsuzawa Park, Kishine Park and Mitsuike Park can be visited in one day. This trail shows the way from Mitsuzawa Park to Kishine Park walking through the woody places formerly the temple grounds of Bugenji Temple. After 15 minutes down slope trail from Mitsuzawa Park, you will find the station of Yokohama Subway Line, Blue Line. At Mitsuzawa-Kamicho Station take the subway line for Shin-Yokohama usually bound for AZAMINO. Kishinekoen Station is one subway station before Shinyokohama Station. After getting out of the station you will find the small pond where cherry blossoms show great vista. But the park is really huge and you will find another pink cultivar at the lawn field showing excellent contrast against the lush green woods.
It was very lucky of me that I could view Mount Fuji from this pedestrian bridge over the trunk road linking western and eastern part of this huge park.
After getting into the eastern area of the park you will soon find the direction sign and a brief map showing the way down the hill to the subway station.
These twin cenotaphs were built in 1953 at the construction site of Gokoku Shrine (local version of Yasukuni Shrine enshrining the WW2 soldiers. This state-run Shinto shrine had never been complete destroyed in air raids during the war. The left cenotaph with its upper end incomplete is 18 meters in height inscribing Showa 20-nen, (the 20th year of Showa) in five-letter kanji characters. The right cenotaph 25 meters in height shows the hope for peace.
As you are lured into the cherry tree grove at the right side of the plaza near the twin cenotaph, you will find the cozy trail under the woods.
The biggest children's playground in this huge park is ironically at the northeastern edge of the park adjacent to Bugenji Citizen's Forest. It has a large helical slide and is steeply sloped. It is also a good place for cherry blossom viewing. The cherry blossoms there have bright pink color.
Adjacent to the northeastern children's playground of Mitsuzawa Park is Bugenji Citizen's Forest and the downhill trail is the shortest way to get to a subway station MITSUZAWA-KAMICHO.
Descending the paved trail for a few minutes you will find a nicely built but small four-legged wooden gate. If you are visiting in cherry-viewing season stop for a while to enjoy the cherry blossoms nearby.
Four-legged wooden gate belongs to the Buddhist temple Bugenji. This four-hundred-year-old temple used to have the huge monastery buildings for religious study in the area where current citizen's forest is located. Actually the large part of the upper ground area of Mitsuzawa Park used to be the forest owned by the temple.
After getting out of the temple entrance gate, you will find the narrow creek. It used to be the natural creek running west to east, after refilled the some part of the creek has been restored and the promenade called Seseragi-ryokudo runs alongside the restored creek.
Yokohama Shindo is a by-pass expressway of National Route #1 running nearly parallel to Old Tokaido Road. In this section the road is toll-free. To get to Mitsuzawa-kamicho Station, turn left at this trunk road and walk about a few minutes.
Mitsuzawa-kamicho Station is the nearest railway station to Mitsuzawa Park, but as you can see from this trail, it is easy and smooth to get to the park by bus from Yokohama Station. This subway station is useful to get to the other places from the park, particularly when you would like to stop by Shin-yokohama Station and Ramen Museum. To get to Kishine Park, take the train bound for AZAMINO. Note: The train bound for Azamino also stops at Shin-Yokohama. Kishinekoen Station is the second subway station from this station.
Kishine Park's adventure playground is one of the best options for family tourists with kids near the Shin-Yokohama Station. It is only a metro station away.
Hyotan Harappa is a nice lawn field with some nice trees including the cherry trees with bright-pink blossoms, the cultivar native to Yokohama. It is a nice place for family picnic and the place for exercises and jogging.