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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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2010/04/02 - Kyoto Report
by scott

Today we made a fourth visit to Kyoto to check out the development of the cherry blossoms since our last reports on March 30, March 27 and March 23. Today's report included followup trips to the Philosopher's Path, Maruyama Park and Kiyomizudera Temple, as well as our first visits of the year to Nanzenji Temple and the Keage Incline.

Philosopher's Path
April 2, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Although it was drizzling on and off today, the weather has warmed up quite a bit over the last few days resulting in beautiful bursts of cherry blossoms across Kyoto. The Philosopher's Path was no exception, and its blossoms have progressed nicely since we last visited on March 23. The cherry trees along the path are just shy of full bloom, but it was a close call and the blossoms there may all be fully open as early as tomorrow. There is no doubt, however, that the Philosopher's Path will be a great strolling spot this weekend.

Philosopher's Path
Philosopher's Path - blossoms wet from a light rain

Nanzenji Temple
April 2, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

There isn't a very high concentration of cherry trees around Nanzenji Temple, but there are a few around the temple's massive Sanmon Gate and Hatto Lecture Hall that add to the atmosphere of the area, and they can be enjoyed as you walk around the grounds. Like the Philosopher's Path the cherry blossoms around Nanzenji Temple are right before full bloom and should reach it around this weekend.

Nanzenji Temple
Nanzenji Temple

Keage Incline
April 2, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Along the southern edge of Nanzenji Temple runs the Keage Incline, a railed slope used to raise boats between canals that connect Kyoto with Lake Biwa, in neighboring Shiga Prefecture. The incline is lined by cherry trees making it a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in spring. Like the two previous sights I visited today, the trees along the Keage Incline are just about to reach full bloom and should be at their best viewing from as soon as tomorrow.

Keage Incline
Keage Incline

Maruyama Park
April 2, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

After visiting the Keage Incline I walked over to Maruyama Park, and found it to be quite lively and crowded with revelers and food vendors. It was around noon, and again all of the best spots for cherry blossom viewing parties had long been reserved.

Maruyama Park

The Somei Yoshino cherry trees around the park are also approaching full bloom, but they look slightly behind the sights I visited earlier in the day. It will be nice this weekend for picnicking, just be sure to get there as early as possible if you want a chance at getting a good spot.

Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park's large central weeping cherry tree has reached full bloom and should remain at its peak probably into next week.

Maruyama Park's large weeping cherry tree
Maruyama Park's large weeping cherry tree

Kiyomizudera Temple
April 2, 2010 - full bloom

My final visit of the day was to Kiyomizudera Temple, where the blossoms appear to have just reached full bloom and nicely accent the view of Kiyomizudera Temple's stage. They should remain nice through next week. More nice views of cherry trees can be found around the pond near the temple's exit.

Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera Temple
Pond near the exit of Kiyomizudera Temple

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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