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卯辰山 Mount Utatsu

  • Mountain / Valleys
  • Around Kanazawa
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Around Kanazawa
Wakamatsumachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-1165, Japan
  • Mountain / Valleys
Date of post:2016/03/08

Cherry blossoms and the unique mountain

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing

Along the circuit garden road of Mt. Utatsu, there are about 250 cherry trees. We can see cherry blossoms with driving. The type of cherry blossoms is mainly Somei-yoshino. Although it depends on the year, we can see cherry blossoms from mid to late-April. Compared to other areas in Kanazawa, it is a little late.

In 400 Year Forest of Utatsuyama Park, we can see Yama-zakura, Shidare-zakura, Yae-zakura, Somei-yoshino and many other cherry blossoms. At the top of Mt. Utatsu, we can see cherry blossoms and a city landscape of Kanazawa. If it is a clear day, we can also see the Sea of Japan. The night view is also very nice.

There are also beautiful cherry blossoms in front of Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo. It is an educational facility for handicrafts like ceramics, lacquer, dyeing, metal work and glass. After we see cherry blossoms, we can also see current and permanent exhibitions of those handicrafts.

Besides, Mt. Utatsu is famous for many Buddhist temples and shinto shrines. There are about 50 Buddhist temples in Mt. Utatsu. It might be very interesting to walk among those temples and see cherry blossoms.
In the Edo period, Buddhist temples were gathered to prevent the riot by Ikko Buddhists. They say that it is the beginning that many temples were gathered. They also say that it used to be a large amusement place, and many people were walking among temples. Although they are quiet places now, we can see many unique Buddhist temples like Zenshoji which has a gate with big warajis (straw-sandals), Housenji which is famous for many stone statues and a good panoramic view, Ryukokuji related to the founder of Kaga Yuzen and so on. We can also see monuments of haiku poems, literature and historic sites. There are very narrow streets like a maze, long stairs and deep forests. It is impossible to see everything in the short period. Anyway, if you have time, please visit Mt. Utatsu. It might be one of the most interesting spots in Kanazawa.

(Photos courtesy of Kanazawa City and Ishikawa Prefecture)

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