JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Welcome to Satte! A city in Saitama Prefecture famous for Gogendo Park when the cherry blossoms and rapesed blossoms bloom at the same time.
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Nearest station is Satte Station on the Tobu Nikko Line. Inside the station is this tourist information desk.
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Inside Satte Station.
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From Satte Station, there are infrequent buses to Gogendo Park. Bus schedule hre.
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Satte Station on the Tobu Nikko Line. 東武日光線幸手駅
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In front of Satte Station, the bus stop for Gogendo Park.
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Long line for the bus to Gogendo Park. Unfortunately, the bus got too full to fit me.
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I couldn't wait for the next bus.
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So I started walking to the park. It took about 30 min.
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Most people go by car.
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Large parking lot at the park.
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Finally, the entrance to the riverbank lined with cherry blossoms.
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Map of Gogendo Park, a long park along an embankment lined with three rows of cherry blossoms. In parallel are large patches of rapeseed blossoms and Nakagawa River.
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At the foot of the embankment with cherry trees and food stalls. Flowers usually bloom from late March to early April. This is probably around 80% bloom.
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At the foot of the embankment with cherry trees and food stalls.
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At the foot of the embankment with cherry trees and food stalls.
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There are three rows of cherry blossoms on the riverbank. This row is on the foot of one side.
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There are three rows of cherry blossoms. One row on both sides of the embankment, and one row on the top of the embankment.
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Cherry blossoms on the top of the embankment.
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Cherry blossom tunnel on the riverbank. It goes on for about 1 km. There are 1,000 cherry trees.
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Cherry blossom tunnel on the riverbank.
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Looking toward the rapeseed blossoms.
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I walked along the entire length of the cherry blossoms. Very pleasant.
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From the embankment, here's one path that goes to the rapeseed blossoms.
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Walking around the rapeseed blossoms is the main highlight since you also see the cherry blossoms.
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Nanohana and sakura. It seems that my digital camera thought the picture had too much yellow so it tried to compensate by adding a bluish tinge. I had to correct it.
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Such an impressive sight at one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in the Tokyo or Kanto area.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture. Even this is still 80% bloom.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture. The rapeseed blossoms were planted in 1988 where there used to be rice paddies here.
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Rapeseed flowers at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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The cherry blossoms go along the riverbank for 1 km. That's quite long, but it was originally a whopping 6 km long.
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Many of the trees were cut down during WWII for firewood. The ones we see today were planted in 1949.
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Every spring, they show this on the TV news in Tokyo, but it's way more beautiful to see it in person. The place is also a lot bigger than what you see on TV.
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Such a genius to plant rapeseed blossoms next to the cherry blossoms.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Great place to take pictures of your family or love one(s).
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at Gogendo Park in Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Under the cherries at Satte, Saitama Prefecture.
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Took the bus back to Satte Station.
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Stairs at Satte Station.
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Satte Station platform express train boarding marker.
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