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Exploring Japan: Enkaizan in Yokohama – January 31, 2010

On a sunny January day, I was going to go hiking on Enkaizan.  Well, I made it to Enkaizan, but I didn’t do any hiking.  However, I did get some nice pictures from this very small mountain.

Enkaizan is a small mountain or big hill in Yokohama, mostly in Isogo Ward.  However, to get there, I walked from Konandai Station in Konan Ward.  This is the nearest station to Enkaizan.  Normally, you can hike from Enkaizan to the Ten-en Hiking Trail in Kamakura.  However, I didn’t see the entrance of the hiking trail, so I didn’t actually get to do that.  On the way back from where I was, I saw the entrance, but it was a bit late to start a hike anyway.

What I did see was a nice view, Gonenji Temple, and a cemetery.  So, enjoy the pictures!

Konandai from Enkaizan

On the walk up to Enkaizan, I could see this view of Konandai.

The road up to Enkaizan

The sign on the left is pointing the way to Enkaizan.

The roadway to Enkaizan Cemetery

This road goes toward the cemetery on Enkaizan.

Bamboo forest on Enkaizan

There's a big bamboo forest on Enkaizan.

The road on Enkaizan

Now I'm looking up the road toward the temple.

Enkaizan temple

Here is Gonenji on Enkaizan.

Enkaizan's temple bell

This is the temple bell. There's a small stairway that leads up to it from the main temple.

View of Yokohama from Enkaizan

Here is a view of Yokohama, mainly the port area, from near the cemetery on Enkaizan.

Minato Mirai from Enkaizan

The air isn't very clear, but you can see Landmark Tower and Minato Mirai from Enkaizan.

Enkaizan landscape

There's some green on Enkaizan in the middle of winter.

Here’s a map of the area.  The peak is to the left, while the temple is in the centre.  The cemetery is toward the right side.


Filed under Isogo-ku, Japan, Kanagawa, Konan-ku, Yokohama

Flashback: Konandai Hanami party April 2005

My first school was in Konandai in Yokohama.  On my first weekend in Japan, we had a hanami (cherry blossom viewing) party with a few students and staff.  The old teacher was leaving for another school, and I was just starting.  It was a very nice day and sunny.  Here are some pictures.

Cherry blossoms scattered on the ground in Konandai

Cherry blossoms scattered on the ground in Konandai

Some trees still have cherry blossoms!

Some trees still have cherry blossoms!

Another view of the park

Another view of the park

Cherry blossoms!

Cherry blossoms!

Hanami is a great time.  Every year, I try to get pictures of the cherry trees blooming.  I will eventually get to this year’s cherry trees, which I think was the best I’ve seen so far.

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Filed under Kanagawa, Konan-ku, Yokohama