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Cherry Blossom Report 2009

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

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2009/04/05 - Yoshino Report

by francois

April 5, 2009 - opening (10-50%)

Yoshinoyama ("Yoshino mountain") is arguably Japan's most famous spot for cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms of Yoshinoyama are of such high national renown that the area has lent its name to Japan's most popular cherry tree variety, the Somei Yoshino. There are estimated to be 30,000 cherry trees on the mountain, most of which are of the Shiroyama Sakura variety.

The trees are divided into 4 sections: the Shimo Senbon ("lower 1000 trees") at the base of the mountain, Naka Senbon ("middle 1000 trees"), Kami Senbon ("upper 1000 trees") and Oku Senbon ("inner 1000 trees"). A walking trail leads up through the sections, but there are also some other forms of transportation available, such as cablecars and buses. The beginning of the walk is busy with many shops, but higher up there is less activity and development.

Because of recent cold weather, the trees at Yoshinoyama are still not very developed. As can be expected, the higher the elevation, the less developed the cherry trees become.

The trees in the Shimo Senbon are naturally the most impressive, and about 40% to 50% of the blossoms in the area have opened. In the Naka Senbon area slightly further up, there are still many impressive trees to be found, but many others have hardly opened. About 25% of the trees in the area have opened.

The two areas higher up have very few cherry blossoms to see. The trees of the Kami Senbon area have just opened, and less than 10% of their flowers are open. The trees of the Oku Senbon, located in a valley higher up, have not opened yet.

The Shimo Senbon area
Blossoms in the Shimo Senbon
Empty branches with a full tree behind in the Naka Senbon area
Blossoms in the Naka Senbon
Bare trees in the Kami Senbon with the Naka Senbon seen in the distance
A few opening blossoms in the Naka Senbon
Cherry trees in the Oku Senbon's valley
Buds in the Oku Senbon developing

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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