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Cherry Blossom Report 2011
Official cherry blossom reports by japan-guide.com

This year's cherry blossom season will be overshadowed by the tremendous loss caused by the recent earthquake. However, we believe that the blossoms will serve as symbols of hope and resilience and a source of motivation along Japan's road to recovery. With this in mind, we never hesitated to go ahead with our annual reports in order to inform travelers in Japan and readers across the world about this year's cherry blossom season.

2011 Cherry Blossom Forecast - Schedule of upcoming reports - Post your own report
Popular cherry blossom spots - How to do hanami? - Cherry tree varieties

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2011/03/31 - Fukuoka Report
by schauwecker

Fukuoka's Maizuru Park

The cherry blossoms are slowly approaching full bloom in southern areas on Japan's main islands. Among these places is Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu, where I made a quick visit to Maizuru Park, the city's best hanami spot, today.

Maizuru Park
March 31, 2011 - opening (10-50%)

Maizuru Park is a pleasant public park that encompasses the former site of Fukuoka Castle. The park offers lots of good hanami spots among the castle's ruined walls and citadels.

The castle's honmaru (main citadel) is now a pleasant cherry tree park
Another nice spot is the lawn next to the Tamon Turret
A tunnel of cherry trees between Maizuru Park and nearby Ohori Park

Cherry trees were reported to have started opening on March 22 in Fukuoka. Nevertheless, most trees around Maizuru Park were still below the 50 percent mark today. With more warm and sunny weather forecast for tomorrow, many trees will probably pass the 50 percent mark soon and progress into full bloom over the weekend or early next week.

Near the Tamon Turret, there is also an attractive row of weeping cherry trees. Half of the trees are of the early blooming variety with five, light pink petals per blossom, which have already reached full bloom. The other half are of the later blooming variety with more than five, dark pink petals, which have only just started opening. Thanks to the staggered timing, the blooming season should continue here for at least another two weeks.

Row of weeping cherry trees
Early blooming light pink variety in full bloom
Later blooming, dark pink variety only just opened

As seen elsewhere, the planned evening illumination and some of the scheduled events of this year's cherry blossom festival have been canceled in Maizuru Park.

Buds still outnumber blossoms. But many people are out for hanami picnics already.

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List of Posts:
2011/05/09 - Sapporo Report
2011/05/06 - Hakodate Report
2011/05/02 - Kakunodate Report
2011/05/01 - Hirosaki Report
2011/04/29 - Kitakami Report
2011/04/22 - Aizu Report
2011/04/21 - Sendai Report
2011/04/20 - Fujigoko Report
2011/04/19 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/16 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/15 - Osaka Report
2011/04/14 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/14 - Kanazawa Report
2011/04/13 - Yoshino Report
2011/04/12 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/12 - Okayama Report
2011/04/11 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/11 - Takamatsu Report
2011/04/10 - Osaka Report
2011/04/10 - Matsuyama Report
2011/04/09 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/08 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/08 - Yoshino Report
2011/04/07 - Hiroshima Report
2011/04/07 - Iwakuni Report
2011/04/07 - Nagoya Report
2011/04/06 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/03 - Fukuoka Report
2011/04/02 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/01 - Kagoshima Report
2011/03/31 - Kumamoto Report
2011/03/31 - Fukuoka Report
2011/03/30 - Tokyo Report
2011/03/30 - Kochi Report
2011/03/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/03/28 - Himeji Report
2011/03/27 - Tokyo Report