Mt Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival

Last weekend we headed up to Mt Yaedake (a.k.a. Mt Yae) to view the cherry blossoms which weren’t quite fully bloomed, in fact they were probably only at 50%, but we were not disappointed at all.

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

We left reasonably early because I suspected it would be quite busy, but we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at around 10.30 to find the carpark was virtually empty.

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

I had read that the best way to view the cherry blossoms at Mt Yae was to park the car and walk up, so naturally that is what we did.

view from part of the way up

view from part of the way up

What we didn’t realize was how long, and at times steep, the trek up would be.

the map...we were at the red bit down the bottom, we thought we just had the little bit left!

the map…we were at the red bit down the bottom, we thought we just had the little bit left!

Thankfully we had brought our decent stroller (not the small umbrella kind) for Clio and I made a good shoe decision…I can not say the same for Matt or Eden.

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

Matt pushed the stroller ahead of us, while Eden & I walked behind chatting about all sorts of stuff; I love our conversations when we go on adventures.

Matt pushing Clio

Matt pushing Clio

We passed multiple car parks on the way up and we often questioned whether we should have parked in one of them instead of right at the bottom, and a couple times Matt even asked if he should return to get the car but every time Eden said “lets just go to the top” so we carried on.

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

When we came across the map we were pleased to see that we were just about at the top…so we thought.

we passed this rock...I asked Eden to sit on it and smile; she did but just not at the camera!

we passed this rock…I asked Eden to sit on it and smile; she did but just not at the camera!

In fact we were probably only half way (from where we parked the car to the top) we realized this when we walked around the corner and saw loads of cars & cherry blossoms trees driving up and wrapping around the side of the mountain.

eating her well earned ice cream

eating her well earned ice cream

Again we suggested we turn back and get the car but Eden continued to say lets carry on, so we did.

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

When we finally made it to the top of Mt Yaedake which stands 593m (1,945 ft) tall we were more than pleased to see a food stall selling typical Japanese festival food and a large grassy area to relax on and enjoy the sunshine, even though it was a bit cooler from the winds!

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

It took us approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to climb up; the climb itself really wasn’t that bad, we just weren’t expecting it.

Clio enjoyed the treat also

Clio enjoyed the treat also

Matt & I both agreed it would be a whole lot nicer if cars weren’t allowed to drive up.

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

After a well deserved ice-cream we headed back down; the walk down didn’t take anywhere near as long although the traffic on the road had definitely picked up a considerable amount.

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

At about the half way point Eden started to complain so Matt & Clio walked ahead thinking that they could maybe come pick us up in the car, while I did something I always do when Eden gets tired of walking…tell stories!

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

We start off with her birth story, then move onto Clio’s, then we talk all about our wedding and before you know it we are back at the carpark!

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

Our visit to Mt Yaedake was timed for the 37th Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom festival which runs from 17th Jan – 1st Feb (still time to head up yourself!) so we wandered around the stalls and walked away with some candy floss (cotton-candy).

Eden & I often walked in the drain to avoid cars!

Eden & I often walked in the drain to avoid cars!

You may remember last year we went to the Nago Cherry Blossom festival and it poured with rain, this adventure was so much more pleasant! We all thoroughly enjoyed our climb and Eden is pretty stoked that she climbed her first mountain!

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

As far as the festivals go however, I would say that Nago has more stalls and a lot more food choices.

Mt Yae Cherry Blossom

Japan Update posted on their Facebook page yesterday that the top of Mt Yae was 90% flowering, hillside 80% and bottom 70%…so I suspect if you head up this weekend it will be perfect; but if you do get their early because when left at around 3pm the car park was packed.

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