The Onda River is not usually so attractive, but surely this is its moment of glory! (Photo: Cathy Cawood)

Fleeting Spring Magic at Ondagawa

Cherry blossoms transform a city river in Machida

Cathy Cawood   - 1 min read

The Ondagawa flows through Machida City, and during most of the year it is a quiet shady place to enjoy the river paths, but I don't find it all that attractive. However 400 cherry trees planted along 2 kilometers of the river transform this place into a pale pink heaven as they bloom in spring. Local people and visitors alike are drawn into the enchantment as they wander along the paths in the spring sunshine. There are only a few places to spread picnic mats, but if you prefer a strolling hanami, it's perfect!

Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page ha...