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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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2010/03/29 - Osaka Report
by scott

Today for our first cherry blossom report of the year from Osaka we covered Expo 70 Commemorative Park, Kema Sakuranomiya Park, and Osaka Castle. As with Kyoto, cool temperatures over the last few days have prolonged the progression of the trees in Osaka.

Expo 70 Commemorative Park
March 29, 2010 - opening (10-50%)

When I woke up this morning I was surprised to find that is was snowing where I lived, which is not what I usually expect when I'm headed out on a cherry blossom report trip. But a few hours later I got off of the shinkansen in Osaka to beautiful sunny, if not brisk, spring weather. From there my first stop of the day was Expo 70 Commemorative Park, a large public park built on the former site of the 1970 World Exhibition.

Expo 70 Commemorative Park - Higashioji Street

Nearly 5000 trees can be found spread out around the park, many of which are planted along Higashioji Street and the East Plaza. Higashioji Street is completely covered in a canopy of cherry trees, and has plenty of benches from where you can sit and enjoy the blossoms. The East Plaza, on the other hand is a large open field lined by cherry trees along its perimeter. Both areas have lots of spots under the trees where you can hold cherry blossom viewing parties. In the evenings the park is lit up until 21:00.

Expo 70 Commemorative Park - East Plaza

The cherry trees in the Expo 70 Park are still opening and are only about 20 percent full. Its pleasant now, but I think the trees will take at least until next weekend before they begin to reach their best viewing period.

Expo 70 Commemorative Park

Kema Sakuranomiya Park
March 29, 2010 - opening (10-50%)

Returning to central Osaka, the next stop of the day was Kema Sakuranomiya Park, a pleasant park built along several kilometers of the Okawa River. Walking paths lead through nearly 5000 cherry trees that line both banks of the river, while sightseeing cruises travel along the water. Kema Sakuranomiya Park looks like an attractive place to hold cherry blossom viewing parties, and there are plenty of spots under the trees where you can picnic.

Kema Sakuranomiya Park

The majority of trees around the park are still opening but look like they are just shy of having 50 percent of their blossoms open. That puts Kema Sakuranomiya Park right on schedule for our predictions of best viewing times, and is probably where I would head if I was planning my own party this weekend.

Kema Sakuranomiya Park

Osaka Castle
March 29, 2010 - opening (10-50%)

Today was my first time to visit Osaka Castle and I was looking forward to checking out Nishinomaru Garden from where you can take a picture of the castle keep framed by cherry blossoms. Unfortunately, the garden is closed on Mondays and they don't seem to extend their opening days for the cherry blossom season, except during their special light up events held this year from April 1-7 when the garden is open everyday and lit until 20:00. My only option was to settle for a shot of the garden's entrance through its locked gate.

Osaka Castle - Nishinomaru Garden

The blossoms around Nishinomaru Garden are still opening and I would estimate that around 30 percent of the blossoms are open. As with the other sights that I visited today, it looks like the cherry blossoms at Osaka Castle will start to be at their best around next weekend.

Osaka Castle

Meanwhile, most of the trees around Osaka Castle's keep are around the same state as those at Nishinomaru Garden, except for a handful of trees found just around the entrance to the reconstructed castle building which are at or approaching full bloom today.

Osaka Castle Keep

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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