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【Kanagawa】Boat Rides and Cruises! Five Spots to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms by the Water

The cherry blossoms seen along rivers, ponds, and lakes, such as by the famous Ooka River in Yokohama, are particularly calming and relaxing. Seeing them from the water, such as by stand-up paddling and on cruises and boats, is a special treat that’s available for a limited time each year. Evening cherry blossoms lit up by paper lanterns are also beautiful, and the refreshing feeling of seeing the blossoms surrounded by the great nature of the countryside is fantastic.

If You're Feeling Active, Try the Ooka River Cherry Blossom SUP Cruise!

This is an activity provided by the Yokohama SUP Club, which hosts stand-up paddle boarding classes and a variety of other events. It is planned for late March to early May. Check their website (http://yokohamasup-club.com/) for more details! People with experience are given priority, so it's recommended to participate in their classes first.

■ Ooka River Cherry Blossom SUP Cruise
Address: 2 Hinode-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Phone: 090-3502-2701 (for Mr. Kakizawa, director of Yokohama SUP Club)
Hours: Please inquire
Price: 5,000 JPY *reservation required
Parking: None
Access: 2 minutes on foot from Hinodecho Station on the Keihin Kyuko Line
http://yokohamasup-club.com/

Yokohama SUP Club

2 Hinode-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa

Take the Ooka River Hanami Cruise and Lose Yourself in the Beauty of the Cherry Blossoms on Both Banks

Enjoy an elegant 50-minute cruise with a view of the cherry blossoms above your head. You can bring your own food and drinks, so why not enjoy it with food? The cruise is scheduled for March 22 (Thu) - April 8 (Sun) this year, and the embarkation point is Pier Nihonmaru.

■ Ooka River Hanami Cruise
Address: Pier Nihonmaru, 2-1-1 Minato-mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Phone: 045-201-0821 (Keihin Ferry Boat)
Hours: Please inquire
Price: 2,500 JPY *reservation required
Parking: None
Access: 5 minutes on foot from Sakuragicho Station on JR lines and on the Yokohama Municipal Subway

Keihin Ferry Boat

Pier Nihonmaru, 2-1-1 Minato-mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa

Relax and Enjoy the Blossoms While Rowing a Boat in KODOMONOKUNI

KODOMONOKUNI is a theme park where you will be greeted by seasonal flowers, which bloom in a park that was built around existing groves of trees on Tama Hills. Enjoy the blossoms from around 50 different types of trees, starting with plums and Kobushi Magnolia, followed by weeping cherries in late March and Yae cherries in mid-April. The park has several fun facilities, such as the longest rolling slide in Yokohama, as well as playgrounds and cycling courses.

■ KODOMONOKUNI
Address: 700 Nara-cho, Aoba-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Phone: 045-961-2111
Hours: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (last entry at 3:30 pm)
Holidays: Wednesdays (open if it is a national holiday) *Open on March 28 (Wed) and April 4 (Wed)
Price: 600 JPY/adult, etc.
Parking: 1,700 spots (900 JPY/each time)
Access: 3 minutes on foot from Kodomonokuni Station on the Tokyu Line

KODOMONOKUNI

700 Nara-cho, Aoba-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa

Enjoy the Evening Blossoms Lit by Lanterns at Nikaryo Watercourse Shukugawara Moat

This is a historic irrigation channel that was built more than 400 years ago during the Edo period. It is a famous spot for cherry blossoms, with rows of cherry trees on both banks. During the cherry blossom season, approximately 300 paper lanterns are lit up in the evening, creating fantastic scenery. It is crowded with visitors every year.

■ Nikaryo Watercourse Shukugawara Moat
Address: Around 3 Shukugawara, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
Phone 044-933-7015 (Shukugawara Embankment Cherry Preservation Association)
Hours: No restrictions
Holidays: None
Parking: None
Access: 2 minutes on foot from JR Shukugawara Station

Nikaryo Watercourse Shukugawara Moat

Around 3 Shukugawara, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa

Lake Miyagase: Where Cherry Trees Blossom Amidst the Great Nature

There are approximately 1,000 cherry trees in the mountainous area around Lake Miyagase. The Miyagase Cherry Festival, which is scheduled to be held in early April, has a variety of attractions, including stage performances. Around the area, you can also find the great Mizu-no-Sato suspension bridge that gives fantastic views, as well as a 6-acre square with Japanese zelkova trees.

The Mizu-no-Sato shopping district that stretches from the bus terminal has many shops, including eat-in and take-out restaurants, as well as souvenir shops that sell famous local produce and Miyagase goods. Enjoy the cherry blossoms with the refreshing breeze coming from the lake.

■ Lake Miyagase Area
Address: 940-4 Miyagase, Kiyokawamura, Aiko-gun, Kanagawa
Phone: 046-288-3600 (Miyagase Miiya Kan)
Hours: No restrictions
Holidays: None
Parking: 2,000 spots (free on weekdays, 500 JPY/day on public holidays and weekends)
Access: Approx. 60 minutes to the last stop on the Kanachu Bus bound for Miyagase from the North Entrance of Hon-Atsugi Station on the Odakyu Line

Lake Miyagase Area

940-4 Miyagase, Kiyokawamura, Aiko-gun, Kanagawa

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 02.08.2018]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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