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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.

Usu Zenkoji Temple
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Entrance of Walking Path
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Main Building
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Reception Building
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Inside of Reception Building
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date

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.

Cherry Trees in Front of Ossuary
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Stone Monument
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Cherry Blossoms from Stone Monument
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Small Shrine
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Walking Path
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Cherry Tree Grows on Stone
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Walking Path
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Cherry Trees
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Ishiwari-zakura Cherry Tree
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Unfortunately, Cherry Blossoms Have Fallen
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Stone Images of Jizo
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Path to U! Suwan Observatory
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
U! Suwan Observatory Is Closing
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Big Mongolian Oak
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date
Historical Atmosphere
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple in Date

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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
Telephone number +81-142-38-2007
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 321 364 181*32

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Date.

Hotel Royal(ホテルローヤル)    
Date Prince Hotel(ダテプリンスホテル)    
Nishiki Ryokan(錦旅館)    
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

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