Are you having a hard time waiting for sakura season to start? Head to Kaminoseki in early March for some early cherry blossoms!
A scenic drive
There are many islands south of Iwakuni and today was the first time we went to explore them, but we mostly wanted to see some sakura a few weeks earlier than when most are in peak bloom.
It was a beautiful drive down the 188 with the ocean in view for most of the time. The water was blue-green, clear and looked amazing. Once we got into town we weren’t sure where to go. We had seen the bright pink trees when we were on the mainland, but we couldn’t figure out how to get to them once on the island. It turned out that there are signs throughout town pointing to the historical park – if you follow the road into town and look for the signs, you shouldn’t have any problems finding it.
Explore and enjoy the cherry blossoms!
The name is a mouthful – Kaminosekijoyama Historical Park. At the top of a hill there is a small grove of cherry blossoms surrounded by little yellow flowers. There are several paths around the trees that made it pleasant to walk around and enjoy the sun.
The kids loved running around, climbing the boulders and watching for boats. I had my B.O.B. stroller with me and didn’t have any problems maneuvering it through the park. We had brought a picnic and many other people had the same idea! There are several benches around the pathways or even space to lay out a blanket.
The drive took us about 1 ½ hours, even with my 2 year old needing several potty breaks. Luckily there were about five 7-Elevens along the way!
It’s a beautiful place to spend a morning or afternoon!
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