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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 - Nagoya Report
by francois

The cherry blossom front is advancing into the more populous areas of Japan, and today the japan-guide.com staff is reporting from four locations around central Honshu. Scott looked into the progress of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, to the west Schauwecker went to both Himeji and Nara, and I was in the middle looking for flowers in Nagoya.

Nagoya is not very advanced and most likely will not reach full bloom until next week. Nonetheless, there were quite a few people taking part in hanami.

Nagoya Castle
March 26, 2010 - opening (10-50%)

My first destination of the day was Nagoya Castle, whose flowers are only between 20 and 30% open. Entrance to the castle grounds is paid, so visitors who come to see the cherry blossoms may as well also enter the castle building. There are many cherry tree varieties planted around the castle grounds, some of which are early blooming and much further advanced than the regular somei yoshino type of trees.

Nagoya Castle overlooking a few cherry trees that are just opening
Cherry blossom near the castle's east entrance

I was able to get a good view of the general state of the castle's cherry trees by looking out from the top floor of the main keep. Unfortunately, the view points were obstructed by windows which made it difficult to get a clear picture.

Some of Nagoya Castle's grounds seen from the top of the main keep

Some of the best flowers I found were the weeping cherry trees (shidare) found beside the castle's west entrance. The cherry trees that lined the moat to the south of the castle were also quite developed and dense, and I suspect they'll be one of the best cherry blossom spots within the castle in the upcoming days.

Cherry trees near the west castle's west entrance

Tsuruma Park
March 26, 2010 - opening (10-50%)

From Nagoya Castle I took the subway to Tsuruma Park, and when exiting the underground area I came immediately upon some attractive cherry trees. Even though it was the afternoon on a weekday, there was a number of hanami parties taking place.

A cherry tree grove with hanami parties at Tsuruma Park

The trees around the grove were 40-50% open, and since the lower parts of the trees were blooming faster the overhead of the party goers was quite dense with flowers.

Blossoms at Tsuruma Park's main cherry grove

Surrounding the park there are a number of public facilities, such as schools and sports areas. Many people were walking through the park to reach those buildings, which I imagine is an irregularly pleasant end to a regular commute.

Cherry trees line the path to the Nagoya University Hospital

There are many small paths that cut through the park along which cherry trees can be found, but the grove where the cherry blossom parties were being held was surely the best location in the park to find flowers.

Cherry trees along some of Tsuruma's small paths

Yamazakigawa Riverside
March 26, 2010 - just opened (0-10%)

The last stop of the day was Yamazakigawa Riverside. When we wrote our report from Yamazakigawa last year, the trees made an impressive tunnel of flowers and I was hopeful that today I might also find the riverside in a similar state. However, today less than 10% of the flowers have opened on average, with many trees showing almost no flowers at all.

Only a bit of color on the trees alongside the river
Only a few blossoms have opened

There are hundreds of cherry trees lining the riverside, and like last year I am sure they make for a great cherry blossom spot when they start to become fuller next week. Today I found that there were some spots in the northern part of Yamazakigawa where the trees were more developed than average.

A tunnel of flowers is developing in the northern area of Yawazakigawa Riverside

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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