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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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2010/04/03 - Miyajima Report
by schauwecker

Miyajima
April 3, 2010 - full bloom

I have been looking forward to the Miyajima cherry blossom report for a while and was happy to see the weather further improve in time for my visit. The "shrine island" near Hiroshima has been one of my favorite places in Japan since my first trip there, and is particularly pleasant during the cherry blossom and autumn leaf seasons.

Shortly after sunrise - with the first ferry to Miyajima

I left Hiroshima with the first train and ferry connection in the morning to arrive on Miyajima around 6:30am, when the island was still calm and free of the crowds that would arrive later during the day. Most cherry trees on Miyajima have just reached full bloom, except for a few trees around the town, which still displayed a few buds. For the next week or so, cherry blossom viewing on Miyajima should be at its best.

Early morning on Miyajima

Some of the most attractive concentrations of cherry trees are found around the tahoto pagoda on the hillside to the right of Itsukushima Shrine (when watched from the sea) and in other small park areas along the walking paths that lead along the hillside around the town. But there are also quite a few trees around the shrine, including some pretty shidarezakura (weeping cherry trees).

View from around the Tahoto Pagoda
Small cherry tree park near the Tahoto Pagoda

After an early morning visit to the shrine and walk around the town, I climbed Misen, the tallest mountain on the island, via the Daishoin Trail, the most attractive of three trails leading up to the summit. I made a small detour via the Komagabayashi Peak, which is undeveloped and less popular than Misen but offers equally beautiful views.

Views from Komagabayashi Peak
Schauwecker rests at Komagabayashi Peak

Half an hour later, on the summit of Misen I discovered a cherry tree, which had only just opened its first few blossoms and will likely take another week before reaching full bloom. That's the difference in time that a 500 meter difference in altitude seems to make.

Cherry tree on the summit of Misen
Cherry tree on the summit of Misen

Back in town, the ferries shipped in loads of more tourists at a five minute interval, and the atmosphere had drastically changed from three hours earlier. The town was now busy with sightseers from across Japan and the world, enjoying the beautiful island at the peak of the cherry blossom season.

A hanami party along the cherry tree lined canal next to Itsukushima Shrine
Somei Yoshino and weeping cherry tree below the five storied pagoda

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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