Mitsuike Park, meaning “three ponds park” is a park covering 29.7 hectares in the Tsurumi area of Yokohama. Mitsuike Park is one of the very popular parks for local Yokohama people, especially to enjoy the cherry blossom season. In the park there are the three ponds, hence the name. Historically, these three ponds were made for fish farming in the Edo period, then later a big park was made surrounding and connecting these large ponds. In the park there is high and low lands and green areas like a forest, making it easy to forget that you are in the city.
Mitsuike Park has been awarded two titles for the cherry blossom trees. One of the awards was the second most popular cherry blossom area of Kanagawa. Another award was one of 100 best places for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in all of Japan. However, the most remarkable thing about Mitsuike Park is that it has over 70 different species of cherry blossom trees, all with their own distinct blossoms, and there is a total of more than 1,600 cherry trees spread across a huge area of the park. Because the different types of cherry blossoms bloom at different times and for different amounts of time, you can enjoy cherry blossoms for an unusually long time: from the end of February until early April. Of course, every year the exact dates of the cherry blossom season is a little different, be sure to check the Mitsuike Park website for all of the information.
During the peak of the cherry blossom season, Mitsuike Park is completely pink. Cherry blossoms surround the three ponds. the water reflects the cherry blossoms beautifully, and as the petals fall they make a beautiful pink blanket across the ground and across the water’s surface.
Mitsuike Park has more than 70 types of cherry blossom trees, not only the most common type of Japanese cherry blossom tree. Some of them have slightly different blooming seasons, some of them has different colors, and some vary in size and shape. You can enjoy all these different types of cherry blossoms, only at this park. Mitsuike Park doesn’t have a nighttime illumination during cherry blossom season. There are still lights in the park, and because there is no splendid illumination compared to other parks, there won’t be loud drinking parties here.
Mitsuike Park also holds a cherry blossom festival. You can enjoy the tea ceremony, a concert by local students, and some food stalls. At the park there is a walking tour during the spring, you can learn about all the cherry blossoms in the park. Mitsuike Park is a great place for family activities. If your kids get tired of the cherry blossoms, they can enjoy other things in this big park. There is also a roller slider, athletic courses, and a jumbo slider! Your kids can play around all day long. Also located near the park is the Morinaga factory, they produce many chocolate sweets. Kids love going to Morinaga to buy something sweet.
Mitsuike Park has another title, one of the 50 best places you can see birds in the Kanagawa area. You can see many birds in the wetland area and pond area. There is many walking trails with many flowers blooming so there cherry blossoms aren’t the only flowers to be seen. Mitsuike Park is popular for some many reasons, the outdoor activities, the cherry blossoms, and the sports areas. When at this park, you will forget you are in the city.
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Address: 1-1 Mitsuikekoen, Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: 15 minute by car from Tsurumi Station
Hours: 24 Hours
Website: Mitsuike Park (Japanese)