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2011/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
by schauwecker

Winter flowering cherry blossoms

Sakurayama Park (R, Sakurayama Kōen, "Cherry Mountain Park") in Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture, is home to one of the world's largest concentrations of winter flowering cherries, a defiant cherry tree variety that prefers to bloom in winter rather than spring. The trees' unseasonal behavior enables visitors to enjoy fall colors and cherry blossoms at the same time.

Cherry blossoms and autumn leaves

Winter flowering cherry trees carry fewer flowers and appear less intense than their spring flowering cousins; however, their blooming period is considerably longer. The best time to see them in Sakurayama Park is in November and December, although blossoms can also be seen earlier and later than that. Today the trees looked better than on any of my previous visits.

Sakurayama Park
Sakurayama Park

Fall colors in the park, on the other hand, are usually best around mid November. Today, they were overall still approaching their peak, but were already close to it. The best colors were found around the Japanese pond garden near the parking lot, from where a hiking trail leads for about 10-15 minutes to the mountain's summit.

Nice colors in the Japanese pond garden
Nice colors in the Japanese pond garden

Sakurayama Park is lit up daily from November 3 to December 4 between 16:00 and 21:00. Unfortunately, public transportation to the park is very bad, and it is best to visit by car.

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List of Posts:
2011/12/13 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/08 - Kamakura Report
2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2011/12/01 - Nara Report

2011/11/30 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/23 - Kanazawa Report
2011/11/22 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2011/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/15 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/12 - Unzen Report
2011/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2011/11/08 - Fujigoko Report
2011/11/04 - Kurobe Report
2011/11/02 - Mitakesan Report

2011/10/27 - Nikko Report
2011/10/27 - Towadako Report
2011/10/26 - Hakkodasan Report
2011/10/21 - Fukushima Report
2011/10/20 - Zao Report
2011/10/19 - Naruko Report
2011/10/12 - Nikko Report
2011/10/12 - Oze Report
2011/10/07 - Nasu Report
2011/10/03 - Nikko Report

2011/09/27 - Norikura Report
2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report
2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report

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