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Best Cherry Blossom Viewing in Odawara

I love cherry blossoms viewing; what a great

excuse for sitting under a tree and getting drunk.

However, I’m not keen on sharing this experience with a

thousand other drunk and noisy people(the annual carnage

in Ueno Park just turns me off).

One great spot

for cherry blossom viewing is that park(does it have

a name?) behind Odawara High School- they used to

hold the Odawara Jazz festival there years ago. I went

there last year but the place had already been staked

out by 8am! Good luck.

Odawara Castle is an

obvious choice but it is crowded, of course. If you can

go at night(they have lamps set up) you can avoid

the crowds all together. One spot I like is on the

moat. If you cross the bridge where that parapet is and

hang a quick left(you’ll be facing the Odawara Police

Station), there’s a small wooded area there. In that copse

of trees, is a cherry tree that droops down into the

moat(I think everybody ahs taken a picure of it). If

you’re lucky(like I was last year) you can sit on the

edge of the moat under this tree. There’s no space to

spread out but my girlfriend and I enjoyed a few beer

together and had a superb view of the blossoms.

Now

to the nitty gritty- my favorite spot. If you’re at

the park behind Odawara High School and start walking

down the road back to Odawara Stn., you’ll come

across a bunch of tennis courts the school uses for soft

tennis. At the end of these courts, you’ll find a set of

steep stairs. Climb theses stairs and walk to the rear

of the courts. You’ll come to a small clearing with

a picnic table /bench. I chose to spread a blanket

under a cherry tree on the edge of the path. NOBODY was

there. Just me, my girlfriend and the cherry trees.

My little secret is out. Or is it? Anybody ever been

there before? I felt like a gold miner hitting the jackpot!

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About kintaro63 (132 Articles)
Writer and teacher in Japan

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