Cherry Blossom Touring (April 6, 2019)

Full bloom of cherry blossom

On a beautiful sunny day in April, I went out for a touring to see cherry blossom in Hakone,

west suburb of Tokyo, on the Izu peninsula.

There is a mountain called Daikanzan, from where we can see beautiful scenery of

Mt. Fuji, if you are lucky.

Indeed, April 6th was the best day this year to see the full bloom.

That means, at the same time,  many people go out, making traffic jams everywhere.

It took me three hours to reach our destination by our motorbike.

But the beautiful scenery was worth for the time.

Hakone Turnpike Touring

The Hakone Turnpike is a privately owned toll road.

It costs 520yen per bike.

It’s a relatively mountain road with stretches of elevated straights and long sweeping curves.

There are cherry trees on both sides of the road,

they make like a tunnel made of cherry trees.

It was very comfortable to ride under the trees, feeling the breeze

and seeing the petals falling from the trees.

If the sky is clear, we can see Mt. Fuji just behind the Lake Ashinoko.

Fell down and fracture

As there were many motorbikes on the parking space,

I had to park my bike on a tilted lot.

After enjoying some coffee, I came back to the parking lot

and started the engine.

As the bike was tilted, and I had to make a left turn

just after I started to move,

I lost the balance and fell down.  My left foot was under the bike.

Although I felt pain on the left foot, I wanted to come home by my bike, otherwise

I had to ask towing service.

I went to the surgery later and the doctor found metatarsal bone was fractured.

It was a painful memory, but I enjoyed the cherry season a lot, anyway.

The route: from Tokyo to Hakone Turnpike via Daisan Keihin Highway and

the return route (Tomei Highway)

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大野 清美

大野 清美

1958年大阪生まれ、大阪育ち。子どもの頃の夢だった「留学したい」を37歳で実現。3児を育てながら米国NY州コロンビア大学国際関係学大学院を卒業しました。帰国後は英語を使って仕事を続け、今後は「自分の人生を変えてきた」英語を教えたい!と修行中です。
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(2019年4月記)