Friday, December 14, 2012

Local Train and Lawn Cherry Field on the Fujikyu Line


EMU Fujikyu 1000 (ex-Keio 5000) series stands at Otsuki Station

Following my blog on September 7th 2012, I am going to show the other superb view on the Fujikyu Line in Yamanashi Prefecture (see the following photo).

Shibazakura (lawn cherry) is a cherry-like pink-flowered short grass, which is originally form North America. It blooms in April to May in Japan as a mid-spring flower. Fuji Shibazakura Field is one of the reputable lawn cherry viewing spots in the Tokyo Metropolitan area. More than 800,000 lawn cherries are growing in an area that covers 2.4 hectares.

I visited there on a bright Saturday in mid-May this year. I saw many flower lovers there, as it was the best period for viewing blossoms. It was extremely beautiful that the snow-capped Mt. Fuji rose over the swathing pink-colored lawn cherries, backed by a blue colored sky and fluffy white clouds.

To get from downtown Tokyo to Fuji Shibazakura Field, take JR East Chuo Line and transfer to Fujikyu Line at Otsuki Station. I got on the local train of the Fujikyu Line, an EMU 1000 series, bound for Kawaguchi-ko. This model is an ex-Keio 5000 series, which was a very reputable commuter train in Tokyo in the 1960s through the 1990s. It is also known as the winner of the 1964 Laurel Prize (see my blog on May 20th, 2012). Curved front windows and double rounded front lights of this 43-year-old train are nostalgic, but still very cool.

A gorgeous lawn cherry field and an evergreen local train... I found new charms in the Mt. Fuji area.


Mt. Fuji and the lawn cherry field near Kawaguchi-ko Station on the Fujikyu Line (May, 2012)