Residential area with beautiful cherry blossoms in spring
Shonan Takatori, located in the northernmost part of Yokosuka City, is a quiet residential area that was developed in the 1960s and 1970s by cutting through the ridges and valleys around Takatori Mountain. It is a neat residential area on a hill with a good view, and is safe because of the relatively wealthy people living there.
It is also adjacent to Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama City, and has good access to Yokohama and Tokyo within Yokosuka City.
It is a popular residential area for Americans who are used to living in Japan, as it has easy access to Tokyo, the most prosperous city in Japan, and Yokohama, the second most populous city in Japan.
Shonan Takatori is a large residential area with 3333 households and 7713 residents (as of October 1, 2017). A Japanese kindergarten, municipal elementary school and junior high school are located in the area.
Shonan Takatori is famous for cherry blossoms, which are planted along the path leading up to Takatori Mountain Park, starting from the bottom of the 4th street, and when in full bloom, the view from the bottom is breathtaking.
As you walk down the green belt from Seiyu supermarket Cherry trees are planted on both sides of this slope. In spring, it becomes like a tunnel of cherry blossoms for people to enjoy.
Takatori Mountain, which rises in the center of Shonan Takatori, used to be a stone quarry, and the rocks near the top have a distinctive shape.
The altitude is only 139 meters, but there is an observatory with an excellent view.On a clear day, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama views from Mount Fuji to the Boso Peninsula.
There is a huge Buddha carved on a rock near the top of the mountain, which is one of the most famous sights (the statue is 8 meters high) and is also a power spot.
Some of the rock shapes are vertically sheer, and many people enjoy rock climbing.There are a lot of holes in the rocks, which are the remains of harkens that were driven into the rocks during rock climbing.
Because of its distinctive rocky mountain scenery, it was once used for the filming of the children's TV show Kamen Rider(super hero drama in Japan).
The hiking course from Takatori-yama to Jinmu-ji Temple takes about 20 minutes, making for a nice little hiking.KQ Taura Station can also be reached via a mountain path.
There are also many small streams where you can see crayfish.
Mt. Takatori, rich in nature, is a symbol of Shonan Takatori and a place of relaxation.
The nearest station to Shonan Takatori is Oppama Station on KQ Main Line, which takes about 20 minutes on foot. There is a bus service (Keikyu Bus) that goes around Shonan Takatori from Oppama Station and returns to the station.
The Yokosuka U.S. naval base is about 15-minutes drive from the main gate. During morning and evening commuting hours, you should expect an additional 5 to 10 minutes. From KQ Oppama Station, it takes 8 minutes to KQ Shioiri Station by local train, and 10 minutes to Yokosuka Chuo Station. In the upward direction to Tokyo, it takes about 20 minutes to Yokohama Station. It will take a little longer during morning and evening commuting hours.
KQ Oppama Station is a major station in the northern part of Yokosuka City, with an administrative center and a municipal library in the neighborhood. In the building in front of the station, there is an administrative service window called Yakusho-ya, where you can get your resident card, etc.
On the ocean side from Oppama Station is the Keihin Industrial Zone, home to the factories of Nissan Motor and Sumitomo Heavy Industries. This station has a large number of passengers due to the commuting of these people.
The shrine is located right next to KQ Oppama Station. It is said to have been built in 931. On New Year's Day, the shrine is crowded with New Year's visitors and is well known by the locals.In autumn, the gingko trees turn yellow and beautiful.
Location 1-9 Oppama Honmachi, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access 21 minutes by car from the main gate.
In the center of Shonantakatori, at the bottom of Mount Takatori, is a supermarket that focuses on food and daily necessities.The name is Seiyu Supermarket.There are grocery stores, flower shops, electronics stores, cafes, post offices, police offices, etc. around. There is also a small parking lot.
As for the nearest convenience store, there is a Lawson on the way to KQ Oppama Station from 5-6 Chome.
A short walk from the Oppama area to the ocean side is Nojima Park, which is equipped for BBQ and camping.
You can also go tidepooling. If you go further afield, you will find the Umi no Koen (Sea Park), which is a mecca for tidal-bath picking during Japanese long holidays called Golden Week in May every year.
Kite flying is also recommended during the New Year. Barbecue facilities are also available.
After the ocean park, the aquarium, "Hakkeijima Sea Paradise" is also popular.
It is also an amusement park with roller coasters and other playground equipment.
Location: Hakkeijima, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
There is also a shopping center called Costco near Shonan Takatori, where you can buy daily necessities in bulk. You can also procure food for barbecues there.
Location: 2-6 Saiwoura, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
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