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Cherry Blossom Report 2010
by japan-guide.com

This is the official japan-guide.com cherry blossom report for 2010. Please visit also our guide to cherry blossoms for more general information about cherry blossoms and this year's forecasts and our schedule of upcoming reports.

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2010/03/26 - Himeji Report
by schauwecker

Himeji Castle
March 26, 2010 - just opened (0-10%)

Not many cherry blossoms have opened around Himeji Castle so far

This spring offers the last opportunity until the year 2014 to see the main tower of Himeji Castle in combination with cherry blossoms. From April 12 of this year, the castle's interior will be closed to the public and extensive renovation works on the castle's main tower will be started, covering up the beautiful building for most of the coming four years.

Due to Himeji Castle's huge popularity as a cherry blossom spot, the construction of the scaffolding around the main tower has been scheduled to begin after the end of the hanami season, starting from April 12, after which it is likely to take a week or two until the entire castle tower will be completely covered up.

Himeji Castle and the crane on the east side

Preparatory construction work has already started on the east side of the castle tower, resulting in the presence of a large crane and the closure of a small part of the eastern castle grounds. However, as of now (and probably during the entire cherry blossom season), the construction works have not yet a major impact on the sight and a visit of Himeji Castle.

The castle tower and crane from up close

As for the hundreds of cherry trees planted around Himeji Castle, they have only just started to open. Many trees do not even have any open blossoms at all. Thanks to improving weather, it can be expected that next week will be the best time for cherry blossom viewing around Himeji Castle, with full bloom possibly taking place around next weekend (March 31 and April 1).

Quite a few trees are still completely closed...
... while others have started to open their first blossoms

Due to the upcoming cherry blossom season and closure of the castle, Himeji Castle will be extremely crowded up until April 11, especially on the weekends. Accordingly, the castle is well prepared for efficient crowd management with well marked walking lanes and signs announcing current waiting times. Fortunately, the signs have not yet had to be put into use this morning when I visited.

Himeji Castle is well prepared for crowd control

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List of Posts:
2010/05/14 - Hakodate Report
2010/05/13 - Matsumae Report
2010/05/06 - Kakunodate Report
2010/05/05 - Hirosaki Report

2010/04/25 - Takizakura Report
2010/04/14 - Fujigoko Report
2010/04/10 - Kyoto Report
2010/04/09 - Kanazawa Report
2010/04/08 - Tokyo Report
2010/04/08 - Osaka Report
2010/04/07 - Kyoto Report
2010/04/07 - Kamakura Report
2010/04/06 - Yoshino Report
2010/04/06 - Inuyama Report
2010/04/05 - Tokyo Report
2010/04/05 - Hikone Report
2010/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2010/04/04 - Himeji Report
2010/04/03 - Nara Report
2010/04/03 - Miyajima Report
2010/04/02 - Kyoto Report
2010/04/02 - Hiroshima Report
2010/04/01 - Tokyo Report

2010/03/30 - Nagoya Report
2010/03/30 - Kyoto Report
2010/03/30 - Tokyo Report
2010/03/29 - Osaka Report
2010/03/27 - Kyoto Report
2010/03/26 - Tokyo Report
2010/03/26 - Nara Report
2010/03/26 - Himeji Report
2010/03/26 - Nagoya Report
2010/03/25 - Nagasaki Report
2010/03/23 - Tokyo Report
2010/03/23 - Kyoto Report
2010/03/22 - Kumamoto Report
2010/03/21 - Fukuoka Report