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Cherry Blossom Report 2009
by japan-guide.com

This is the official japan-guide.com cherry blossom report for 2009. Please visit also our guide to cherry blossoms for more general information and forecasts.

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2009/03/29 - Tokyo Report


by francois

Chidorigafuchi
March 29, 2009 - opening (10-50%)

Chidorigafuchi, one of the moats of the Imperial Palace, is located just south of Yasukuni Shrine. Both are popular spots for seeing cherry blossoms. The outer grounds of Yasukuni Shrine have space for typical cherry blossom viewing parties, and along the moat it is possible to rent boats.

The walking route along Chidorigafuchi, was very crowded today, and many rental boats were in the water. The trees were at about 30%. At Yasukuni Shrine, however, they had only opened about 10%.

Rental boats in Chidorigafuchi
Flowers along the water

Roppongi
March 29, 2009 - just opened (less than 10%)

Roppongi is the location of two popular building complexes; Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. Both have organized special events around the cherry blossom season, including concerts and night time illuminations.

Many of the trees in the area are still just barely opened. Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown have cherry tree lined slopes, but neither has more than a few opened flowers. The Mori Garden area behind Roppongi Hills is presently the best place to see the flowers. There are a few trees at Tokyo Midtown here and there that are more advanced.

Crowds enjoy the cherry blossoms at Roppongi Hills
The flowers at Mori Garden

Shiba Park
March 29, 2009 - opening (10-50%)

Shiba Park is located just beside Tokyo Tower, which makes for an interesting view in conjunction with the blooming cherry trees.

The flowers have not opened up that much yet, only about 15%. Nonetheless, there are already large groups assembling at the best locations. The park has a designated Cherry Tree Garden area, but the trees there have hardly opened yet.

Eating under cherry trees and Tokyo Tower
Flowers of Shiba Park, with Tokyo Tower in the background

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List of Posts:
2009/04/16 - Fuji Five Lakes Report
2009/04/15 - Osaka Report
2009/04/15 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/14 - Himeji Report
2009/04/14 - Kobe Report
2009/04/13 - Nagano Report
2009/04/13 - Kanazawa Report
2009/04/12 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/10 - Tokyo Report
2009/04/09 - Nagoya Report
2009/04/08 - Kamakura Report
2009/04/08 - Yoshino Report
2009/04/07 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/06 - Tokyo Report
2009/04/06 - Osaka Report
2009/04/05 - Yoshino Report
2009/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/03 - Nara Report
2009/04/03 - Yokohama Report
2009/04/02 - Tokyo Report
2009/04/02 - Kobe Report
2009/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2009/03/31 - Tokyo Report
2009/03/31 - Himeji Report
2009/03/30 - Nagoya Report
2009/03/30 - Kyoto Report
2009/03/29 - Tokyo Report
2009/03/29 - Hiroshima Report
2009/03/28 - Miyajima Report
2009/03/27 - Kagoshima Report
2009/03/26 - Tokyo Report
2009/03/26 - Nagasaki Report
2009/03/25 - Kyoto Report
2009/03/25 - Kagoshima Report
2009/03/24 - Kumamoto Report
2009/03/23 - Fukuoka Report