Kataoka bairin(Enso bairin), Japanese apricot grove

The tourist spot that I will introduce today is Kataoka bairin in Nara.
Japanese apricot blossoms are statring to bloom there.

Ichinotorii gate of Kasugataisha shrine

The approach of Kasugataisha shrine

When entering the approach of Kasugataisha shrine from Ichinotorii gate, big trees are lined up on both sides of the approach.
There are deer around the trees.

Deer around the trees

When you walk about 500 meters on the approach road, you will arrive at the intersection.

A intersection

If you go straight there straight ahead, you can reach Kasugataisha shrine.
If you go north from there, you can get to the Daibutsuden hall of Todaiji temple.
It is the former Nara Prefecture Products Display center.

The former Nara Prefecture Products Display center

It is the former Nara Prefecture Products Display center.
It was completed in 1902.
It is now the Buddhist Art Library.
The entrance side of the building is on the reverse side.
And, there is a path to the right a little before the intersection.
If you have plenty of time, I recommend that you go to that pathway at this time of year.
There is such scenery over there.

Japanese apricot blossoms

On the Thursday before last, only one tree was blooming a little, the other trees were not blooming at all.
However, flowers are blooming with plenty of plum trees today.
Speaking of Japan, cherry blossoms are famous, but Japanese apricot blossoms are one of the flowers Japanese people have great interest from long ago.
This place is called Kataoka-bairin or Enso-bairin.
Every year, Japanese apricots blossom from the end of February to March.

The house called Enso-tei

This is the house called Enso-tei.
"Enso" means a round window, and it have round windows.
There is a pond below here, and there is the Ukimido hall in the middle.
The deer also seems to come to see plum.

Ukimido hall


[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
On Google Maps, you can examine the location by latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I examined.
So they may be wrong.
(1)Ichinotrii gate: N34.68208 E135.8349
(2)The former Nara Prefecture Products Display center: N34.68256 E135.83921
(3)Kataoka-bairin: N34.681025 E135.839025
(4)Enso-tei hall: N34.68076 E135.83898

(March 8, 2018)