Cherry Blossoms of Famous Oldest temple Can Be Enjoyed in Hokkaido -Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date-
June 16th, 2017
Usu Zenkoji Temple (有珠善光寺) is a famous historical temple in Date city. The official name is Ousuyama Dojoin Zenkoji (大臼山道場院善光寺). Great teacher Jikaku (慈覚大師) founded the temple in 826. It is said that it is the oldest temple in Hokkaido. It has been known as a famous cherry blossoms viewing spot since the old days, and about 1000 cherry trees can be enjoyed in a spring. There are various types of the cherry trees, those can be enjoyed for a long time. The best time to see is early May. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. I visted here in 8 May 2017, and unfortunately, the cherry blossoms were already falling.
Surroundings of Usu Zenkoji Temple was designed as Usuzenkoji Nature Park, some walking paths were built. The various cherry trees and big trees grow along the walking paths, and visitors can enjoy a walking through virgin forests. Particularly well-known in the trees is Ishiwari-zakura Cherry Tree (石割桜). The chief priest Ranshu (鸞洲) planted it in 1805 at that time. I thought that the cherry tree grew naturally with breaking stones as its name, but it is not so. In addition, the tree, more than 200 years old, is very old, and something is wrong unfortunately. By the way, Waniguchi Monaka bean‐jam‐filled wafer (鰐口最中) is famous, too. It is imitative of the Waniguchi (鰐口) that Mr. Yoshisue Kunaijo Shimokuni (下国宮内尉慶季), Karo (chief retainer) of Matsumae Domain, sent an offering to the temple in 1638. I want to try it next time.
Atmosphere of Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided (100 cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||321 364 181*32|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Date.
|Date Prince Hotel(ダテプリンスホテル)|
|Date Business Hotel Castle(伊達ビジネスホテルキャッスル)|
|Station Hotel Sanga(ステーション ホテル サンガ)|
A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here
Hokkaido Cherry Tree