Went to Hokkaido Jingu Shrine, a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Sapporo. The cherry trees lining the approach to the shrine were Ezo-Yamazakura cherry trees with pink blossoms.
Cherry blossoms varied by region in Japan. In Okinawa, their cherry blossoms were the deep pink blossoms of Kanhizakura (scarlet cherry trees).
Many people visited the shrine to see the cherry blossoms.
Hokkaido Jingu Shrine was built in 1871 as Sapporo Shrine to defend against the northern threat of Russia, and moved to Maruyama in the same year.
The shrine was built in the Shinmei-zukuri style. It enshrined 3 gods, Okunitama-no-kami, Okuninushi-no-Mikoto and Sunabiko-no-mikoto. In 1964, Emperor Meiji was also enshrined in the shrine.
More spectacular than the rows of Ezo-yamazakura cherry trees at this time of year was the beautiful plum grove next to the approach to the shrine, which many people were admiring. Red and white magnolias were also colorful.
Red plum blossoms. The visitors, who came here for cherry blossoms, were whispering to each other about what kind of cherry blossoms they were.
Ezo-yamazakura cherry blossoms and red plum blossoms. Visitors were very satisfied and enjoyed cherry and plum blossoms at the same time.
Kaitaku Shrine was a subordinate shrine of Hokkaido Jingu Shrine. In 1938, the 70th year of Hokkaido's development, the shrine selected and enshrined 37 people that contributed to the development of Hokkaido, including Mamiya Rinzo. Nearby was Hotaki Shrine, a former dedicated shrine for Hokkaido (Ho) Takushoku (Ta) Bank (Kinko=Ki).
Ezo-Yamazakura Cherry trees also in Maruyama Park.
Someiyoshino cherry trees. White pink cherry blossoms were ephemeral and beautiful.
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