It’s been a long time since I posted about Tsujido Seaside Park, but this is part 2! It was October 19th of last year, and we’d just left the park to walk along the beach. So, we followed a path along a river. I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves, as there’s not much to explain. So, enjoy!
Graffiti under the bridge.
It was a sunny day, so great reflection off of Sagami Bay. You can see the Izu Peninsula in the distance.
There were some incredible waves at the beach that day.
There’s Enoshima in the distance.
These fences are wind barriers to keep the sand from drifting. My wife is the small figure on the beach.
A kite posing for me with some great waves in the background.
Another picture of the kite looking away.
Getting closer to Enoshima with some nice waves and clouds.
Same location, but more waves.
Near the mouth of the Hikiji River, I got some great reflection pictures. This is the first.
I caught some rays through the clouds.
More rays with the Izu Peninsula in the distance.
Some great waves. They were pretty big that day.
I think this was the best picture of this set. An amazing spotlight on the bay.
And that’s it for the beach. I think the last photo was the best. What do you think?
Near the beach in Fujisawa is a very large park called Tsujido Kaihin Koen (or Tsujido Seaside Park). It’s used for many things, including sports, festivals, relaxing, and there’s even a small amusement park. These pictures mostly show the trees of the park, including a pond area. Enjoy!
Palm trees are everywhere in this park. It seems so tropical.
Parks in Japan typically include a pond.
The Japanese black pine is a popular tree for bonsai, but you can find them everywhere along the coast in Japan.
This grove of Japanese black pines shows how twisted their trunks are.
The trees tend to bend in one direction, the way the wind blows.
The pond contains numerous turtles, including this one.
Looking back toward the pond through some Japanese black pine trees.
This is only a small area of the park, and I have taken pictures of elsewhere before. I will post them in the future.
After leaving the park, we went down to the beach. My next set of photos will be of the beach! There were some great waves.
Here’s a view of the park from above. We were in the central part.
The Japanese black pine tree is one of the most recognizable trees from Japan. It’s famous, in fact. It’s one of the primary trees used in bonsai. This tree is also the official city tree of Fujisawa, which is where I live. You can see them everywhere along the coast. They’re very tough trees, and they can withstand the strong winds and blowing sands that come off the beach. They’re excellent at blocking sand from reaching further inland, as well. These trees can grow quite tall, but they’re also commonly seen as small trees. In Tsujido Kaihin Park, there are plenty of Japanese black pines. You’ll know them when you see them, as they don’t exactly grow straight up. This picture shows the trunks of a grove of Japanese black pine trees.
The trees tend to bend away from the beach, which is the direction the wind comes from.
Today, I went for a walk around the Tsujido station area in Fujisawa to get pictures for the Japan by Train series (still need to get that started). First of all, Tsujido is actually a pretty nice area. Lots of expensive houses, many small shrines and a couple nice temples. During my walk, there were two instances of friendliness I experienced when I was taking pictures of shrines. Both times, elementary school aged boys said hello to me (in Japanese), and I responded. They seemed like nice kids. Sometimes, while I’m out walking, a stranger will say hello to me, or even try to help me, assuming I’m lost. Of course, I’m not lost. GPS on my iPhone is a wonderful thing. I was also looking at a map, and an elderly man asked me if I needed help, but I said I was ok. It’s great to meet so many friendly people while walking.
The second big surprise was a clear view of Mt Fuji. I was at the station when I saw Mt Fuji, and I took a couple pictures. Enjoy!
Here's the first picture I took of Mt Fuji from the north exit of Tsujido Station.
I decided to take a second picture, just to make sure I had a good picture. Here it is!