I was told the best place to see cherry blossoms in the north was in Ogawara. It’s about a 30min ride on the train from Sendai so I packed my camera and headed to the JR station.
As soon as I got on the train I became sleepy. It’s so quiet on these trains and peaceful. Nice scenery, consistent movement, I dozed right off. I had a short dream about this juicy hamburger I was enjoying. It was quite delightful. To my surprise, when I woke up I was physically going through the motions of eating my imaginary burger! Uh! I was so embarrassed! Thank goodness I only had about two people side eyeing me. Anyway, I had no time to focus on that because I didn’t want to miss my stop. I was hoping I had not already. Turns out I didn’t miss my stop. I was two stops away. Perfect!
When I got off the train I was greeted with materials about the area. When I stopped to look at a map, the same guy that gave me the materials asked if I would like to join a free guided tour through the area. “Sure! Why not!” So I was taken to the area where others were gathering. The people were so nice and accommodating. The downfall was that the night before it was very windy so all of the cherry blossom trees were empty. No big grand scenery I was hoping to see. Although, the natural beauty of the area was worth the trip alone. There were a few trees still in bloom and the back drop of the snow capped mountains was amazing! I learned a lot about the area and I enjoyed seeing the farming the locals had accomplished.
We walked up this mountain to see the view of the cherry blossoms and mountains from there. Just beautiful. We were given a ride down in a bus and I met this college student who seemed very eager to speak to me and practice her English. She had a lot of questions. Lol she was very sweet. She told me ” You are so friendly!” I replied, ” I try to be.” She was from Taiwan. When I walked away to take the train back to Sendai, she ran after me and gave me a hug. “Good luck to you in Sendai, it was so nice to meet you!” It’s true when they say you never know the affect you have on the people you meet.