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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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2010/03/30 - Nagoya Report
by schauwecker

Nagoya Castle

Just four days after Francois' first report from Nagoya, I stopped by the city on my way to Western Japan for a second cherry blossom report.

Nagoya Castle
March 30, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

The many cherry trees on the grounds of Nagoya Castle had typically 40 to 70 percent of their blossoms open when I visited this morning. Despite not being quite at full bloom yet, the trees already made for a spectacular sight in combination with the massive castle tower, walls and moats and the blue sky.

Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle

Nagoya is one of several Japanese cities, which have been working on reconstructing their feudal castles. After complete destruction in the war, Nagoya's castle keep was reconstructed in the 1950s, while works on rebuilding the Honmaru Palace next to the keep, were started in 2009. Unlike in the 50s, when concrete was used to rebuild the castle keep, traditional construction materials and techniques are used today for the reconstruction of the palace buildings.

Deer roam the moats of Nagoya Castle

Although large, the construction site is kept surprisingly discreet and barely affects a visit to the castle in a negative way. To the opposite: because it is possible for visitors to take a closer look at the reconstruction works, including the meticulous preparation and installation of massive wooden beams, some visitors might consider it even an additional attraction. At least I did. The reconstruction works are scheduled to continue until 2018, but a first part of the palace should be completed and opened to the public in 2013.

Nagoya Castle - The Honmaru Palace is being reconstructed
Nagoya Castle - inside the covered construction hall

Yamazakigawa Riverside
March 30, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

For almost a kilometer, the Yamazaki River southeast of central Nagoya is lined by pleasant walking trails and hundreds of cherry trees, making it one of the city's best hanami spots. The trees along the river opened up from under ten percent four days ago to over 50 percent today.

Yamazakigawa Riverside
Yamazakigawa Riverside

I was one of quite a few people who enjoyed an outdoor lunch along the river, as the weather and blossoms were gorgeous. Full bloom should be reached by the weekend, and the riverside should remain worth a hanami visit into next week, as well.

Yamazakigawa Riverside
Yamazakigawa Riverside

Nagoya Peace Park (Nagoya Heiwa Koen)
March 30, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

I finished my report with a visit to another very attractive cherry blossom spot, Nagoya Heiwa Koen or Peace Park. Most of the park is a huge cemetery, but at its southern end, about a 15-20 minute walk from Higashiyama Zoo, there is a cherry blossom park (Sakura-no-en) with a small forest of cherry trees, lawns and a pond.

Sakura-no-en in Nagoya Peace Park

Like at the other spots visited today, the cherry trees have opened about half of their blossoms so far and should be reaching full bloom by the weekend. In any case, the park is already worth a cherry blossom visit now. Another well known hanami spot nearby is Higashiyama Botanical Garden, but I did not visit it today.

Sakura-no-en in Nagoya Peace Park
Sakura-no-en in Nagoya Peace Park

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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