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Kaizu-Osaki is a peninsula easily accessible from Makino or Nishi-Azai. 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 cruise takes 40 min. and costs 2,000 yen.
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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 and Nagahama during cherry blossom season.
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Kaizu-Osaki 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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