Mar 1, 2009

偕楽園と筑波山 - Kairakuen and Mt. Tsukuba

今日は家族みんなと親戚のおばさんと車で偕楽園筑波山に梅を見に行ってきました~。

あいにく天気予報は曇りのち雨だったけど、いざ行ってみると時折晴れ間が見えてくれてラッキー。

偕楽園は朝9時半過ぎに着いたものの、すでに結構多くの人が訪れていました。みんな考えることは一緒なんだな~ぁ。

偕楽園の梅は八分咲きぐらい。かなり広い範囲で梅が咲いているから写真はいくらでも撮れる。

僕たちが偕楽園を去る頃にはすごい人手。車も駐車場に入れない状態でした~。

その後我々は筑波山の梅祭りに。こっちは偕楽園に比べるとスケールが若干小さいけど、綺麗さでは負けていませんでした~。こっちは段々畑みたいになってて独特の感じ。

そして筑波山にケーブルカーで登ったところでは何と雪が降り出す有様!それにしてもケーブルカーに行く道のりは急な階段が多くて大変。

寒かったけど、今日も春を満喫しました~!

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I went to Kairakuen and Mt. Tsukuba to see plum trees with my family and auntie today.

The weather forecast was predicting cloud and rain, but we luckily had some sun from time to time.

We arrived in Kairakuen after 9:30AM, but the place was already quite busy with lots of tourists. It looks like everyone's thinking the same...

80% of the plum trees were blossoming in Kairakuen. You could take photos pretty much anywhere here because plum's blossoming everywhere.

By the time we were leaving Kairakuen, the place was absolutely packed with people. Cars couldn't even get into car park.

We went on to Mt. Tsukuba to see its plum blossom festival. This was smaller than Kairakuen's, but it was as pretty. This place was interesting in a sense the hill with plum trees was like stairs.

It started snowing as we climbed on top to the Mt. Tsukuba with cable car! By the way, the stairs leading to the cable car station were steep and tough...

Although it was cold, we enjoyed the spring today!





















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