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The best way to see Kaizu-Osaki cherry blossoms is by boat. During the first half of April, cherry blossom cruises for Kaizu-Osaki depart Imazu Port a few times daily.
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At Imazu Port, the boat named "megumi" goes to Kaizu-Osaki.
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Imazu Port. The end of the pier has a red lamp which is also a song monument for Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song).
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Inside megumi with large picture windows.
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Upper, open-air deck of megumi.
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End deck of megumi.
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Kaizu-Osaki coast ahead.
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Kaizu-Osaki is famous for cherry blossoms along the lake shore. One of Japan's 100 Famous Cherry Blossom Spots.
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During cherry blossom season, boats often come and go at Kaizu-Osaki Port.
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Lots of cherry blossoms greet boat passengers.
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megumi at Kaizu-Osaki Port, Takashima, Shiga.The cruise I went on docked at the port so we could get off and walk around for 30 min. If you go on a cherry blossom cruise, go on a cruise that will dock at Kaizu-Osaki. Some cruises only cruise and do not dock.
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megumi at Kaizu-Osaki Port.
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Just beware of the cars on the narrow road.
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There's a footpath along the shore.
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It's really beauitful to see the cherry blossoms from the boat.
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Really enjoyed the cherry blossom cruise to Kaizu-Osaki. No hassle with car traffic. Totally worth it.
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Boats also leave from Nagahama and Hikone for Kaizu-Osaki.
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Kaizu-Osaki cherry blossoms as seen from sakura cruise boat.
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Leaving Kaizu-Osaki.
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Kaizu-Osaki is a peninsula easily accessible from Makino or Nishi-Azai Station. You can rent a bicycle at Makino Station on the Kosei Line or at Nagahara Station. Makino Station is closer so I rented a bicycle there at the tourist info office.
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You can see a line of pink along the shore of the peninsula in the distance.
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A few cherry trees along the way to Kaizu-Osaki.
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The Kaizu-Osaki welcome sign marks the start of the cherry tree-lined road. Beware of cars. MAP
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On weekends, the road is bumper-to-bumper traffic when the cherries are in full bloom. The road also becomes a one-way road from west to east.
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Kaizu-Osaki cherry blossoms. These cherry trees were first planted in 1936 to commemorate the opening of Osaki Tunnel. Some 600 cherry trees were planted along a 4-kilometer route along the lakeshore.
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If you're walking, there's a side path here. (Some people walk from Makino Station.)
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Footpath along the lake at Kaizu-Osaki.
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Large, cracked rocks along the footpath.
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The cherry blossom boat cruises either just cruise or they stop at Kaizu-Osaki Port where you can get off and walk around.
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Soon you will reach this rest stop and the Kaizu-Osaki boat pier.
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Kaizu-Osaki Port. Boat cruises along the Kaizu-Osaki coast are offered during the cherry blossom season.
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The boats come from Hikone, Nagahama, and Imazu Ports during cherry blossom season.
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Kaizu-Osaki port. Cherry blossom (sakura) cruises are great because you can get to the sakura without fighting traffic.Best to take the cruise that lets you get off and walk around for 30 min. at Kaisu-Osaki Port. Better than the boats that only cruise and do not enter port.
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Near the boat pier is Osaki temple.
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There's a slope that goes up to the temple.
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View of the boat pier.
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Entrance to Osaki temple. 100 yen donations are requested.
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Osaki temple 大崎寺
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Osaki temple 大崎寺
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Beyond the temple is a short trail going further north along the shore below.
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A few scenic views from the trail.
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View of Kaizu-Osaki.
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The trail then goes down to the Osaki Camping Grounds.
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Osaki Camping Grounds
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Kaizu-Osaki and Chikubushima.
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Kaizu-Osaki
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Kaizu-Osaki and Chikubushima island
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Kaizu-Osaki cherry blossoms, one of Japan's 100 Best Spots for cherry blossoms.
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Entrance to Osaki Camp grounds.
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There are a few tunnels along the road.
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During cherry blossom season, pedestrians will walk through this dark, narrow tunnel. No sidewalks, so be careful. Cars whiz by. Best to carry a flashlight.
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After the tunnel, some the best parts of the sakura-lined road/shore lie ahead.
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These sunny photos were taken in April 2009 during a long string of sunny days right during the full bloom period.
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Usually it rains or storms during cherry blossom season. We were lucky in April 2009.
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Chikubushima island and cherry blossoms at Kaizu-Osaki, Lake Biwa.
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Sad to see a few cherry trees keeled over. In recent years, some trees have not been blooming so well due to sickness or age. A local NPO is trying to preserve the trees and plant new ones.
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Note that the cars are bumper-to-bumper and the road has no sidewalk for pedestrians or bicycles. Be careful when walking/cycling on the road.
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Kaizu-Osaki cherry blossoms in northern Lake Biwa.
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Chikubushima
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Across the water are more cherry trees along the Oku-Biwako Parkway road.
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A black kite is perched in a cherry tree.
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Welcome sign to Makino (as seen from Nishi-Azai).
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Kaizu-Osaki as seen from the lake.
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In summer, the cherry trees are very green.
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