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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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2010/04/04 - Himeji Report
by scott

Today was a follow up visit to Himeji to check the state of the blossoms at Himeji Castle and Kokoen Garden. Our previous visit to Himeji was on March 26, 2010.

Himeji Castle
April 4, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Himeji Castle was crowded today with people trying to get in to see the castle keep before restoration work fully begins on April 12. Around 9:30 this morning the line already stretched out to the entrance of Kokoen Garden and it was a two hour wait time just to reach the ticket gates. An additional 2.5 hours was expected to tour the keep.

Line to the ticket gates

The blossoms around the castle look great and are just on the verge of reaching full bloom. Today's warm sunny weather should continue over the next few days and I would expect the trees to fully open as early as tomorrow.

Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle

Many people were holding cherry blossom viewing parties under the perimeter of trees that ring the Sannomaru Hiroba field just outside the paid area of the castle. However, if you head up the steps towards the Senhime Peony Gardens you'll find an area covered in a canopy of cherry blossoms that was less crowded and looks like it's a better spot to hold a picnic.

Cherry blossom viewing parties at Himeji Castle

Renovations to Himeji Castle, in which repairs will be made to the keep's roof and outer walls, are scheduled to fully begin on April 12, when the keep's interior will be closed to the public and construction of the scaffolding starts. According to a recent news article by JNTO, the scaffolding will reach the top of the stone wall by early May, cover half the keep by late June and completely cover it by late November.

Himeji Castle with a crane

Kokoen Garden
April 4, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Kokoen Garden is a set of nine smaller Japanese landscape gardens located on the grounds of Himeji Castle but in a separate area just west of the castle keep.

Kokoen Garden

Kokoen's beautiful strolling gardens each have a theme such as the pine tree garden, the flower garden, and the bamboo garden, but none of these feature cherry blossoms very prominently. You can find a few trees here and there, and you can enjoy seeing several different varieties of blossoms while walking around the gardens.

Kokoen Garden

The few Somei Yoshino trees at Kokoen Garden are still approaching full bloom. The weather forecast predicts good weather over the next few days, so the trees should reach full bloom soon.

Kokoen Garden

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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