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Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

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Asta So (USA)
Brian Stafford (USA)
Dusty Wittman (USA)
James Split (USA)
Jeronimo Gehres (Brazil)
Travis Sanders (USA)

Date
Apr 9, 2011

Once used to transport goods from Lake Biwa to Kyoto, the Biwako Canal is now lined with sakura trees or cherry blossom trees, which bloom in the spring.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    On the bridge in Otsu, Shiga, at the start of the Biwako Canal.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    A map of the Biwako Canal.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    At the beginning of the Biwako Canal, looking towards Lake Biwa. On the water is the Michigan Boat, a pleasure cruise ship that travels around the southern part of the lake.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Cherry blossoms aren't only on the trees, but on the fences, too!

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Sakura trees over the gates of the canal.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Enjoying conversation beneath the beautiful sakura trees.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Cherry blossoms in full bloom partially shield the view of the canal's path through Mt. Nagara.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    The canal's gates open at the entrance to Mt. Nagara.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Sakura, ahoy!

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    As in Otsu, the sakura in Yamashina are in full bloom.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    With no sakura in his home country of Brazil, Jero takes full advantage of our hanami, or cherry blossom viewing.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    A close up view of sakura reveals its poetic beauty.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Both locals and tourists delight in taking pictures of sakura.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    The cherry blossoms share the stage with other colorful flowers on a lovely spring day.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Taking a well-deserved break under the shade of the sakura trees.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Cherry blossoms are renowned for their fragility.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    We were lucky enough to see many large sakura trees in full bloom that day.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    A close-up view of both budding and fully bloomed sakura.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    A view of the trains from Yamashina, in eastern Kyoto, as they travel to the heart of Kyoto city.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    This bridge leads to a creepy dolls graveyard. Enter at your own risk!

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Cherry blossoms range in color from bright pink to snow white, as soon in these sakura.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    On the footpath from Keage station back to the canal.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    This is where the canal comes out of the mountains into the city of Kyoto.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    At this point, the Biwako Canal is too small for boats, so they used to be loaded onto rail cars to be carried to the water below.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    We are walking down the railway, calld the Incline, that was used to carry supply boatsfrom one section of the Biwako Canal to another.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Walking down the Incline is like walking through a tunnel of sakura!

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    The Incline is popular for walks and picnics during the cherry blossom season.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    This is where the Incline meets back up with the canal. On the right side is the Biwako Canal Museum.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    The canal continues as an aquaduct that passes through the grounds of Nanzen-ji Temple.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    This is the aquaduct, it is about 1.5 meters wide.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    This is us being silly below the aquaduct.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    From Nanzen-ji Temple we headed to the Philosopher's Path.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    The Philosopher's Path is a foot path renowned for its beauty all year long.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    We stopped for a quick snack at a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki stand.

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    Even the fish enjoy the beautiful sakura!

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Along the Biwako Canal – From Shiga to Kyoto

    We ended our walk here, near Ginkaku-ji, the Silver Pavilion. What a pleasant day!

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