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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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2011/04/03 - Fukuoka Report
by francois

For our last cherry blossom report of this year from Kyushu, today I made a second trip to some of Fukuoka's cherry blossom spots. When Schauwecker visited Fukuoka for the March 31 Cherry Blossom Report, he found the city's flowers to be at quite an early stage of development, with over half of the buds still closed.

Today most of the cherry trees I saw were almost at full bloom, and at all the sites I vistied there were large crowds of people enjoying the flowers. The only negative about today's reporting was the cloudy weather that made it difficult to get nice pictures. As predicted in last week's report, Fukuoka's cherry blossoms will be reaching full bloom within the first couple days of this week.

Atago Shrine
April 3, 2011 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Atago Shrine is located up a rather large hill that is a 10 minute walk from Meinohama Station, one of the terminal stations of the Kuko Subway Line. At the top of the hill, the shrine grounds themselves are not very extensive but there are dozens of attractive cherry trees along the paths.

The main trees are very close to full bloom, but some of the trees off to the side have many buds that remain unopened. Because of the shrine's high elevation and proximity to the waterfrom there are nice views that include both Fukuoka City and Fukuoka Bay. However, there are not any views that also include cherry blossms.

Cherry trees at the entrance to Atago Shrine
The upper branches of some of the trees still have many unopened flowers
The flowers are very close to full bloom
A nice view of the the waterfront and Fukuoka Tower

Nishi Park (Nishi Koen)
April 3, 2011 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Located north of Ohori Park, Nishi Koen is an expansive park that includes a shrine and many spots for hanami. Although it has views onto the water, personally I found those of Atago Shrine to be more attractive. The park also has a lot of green space and walking paths that were very busy today with people looking for flowers.

Earlier blooming cherry tree varieties line the approach to Nishi Park from Ohori Park
The blossoms within the park are almost at full bloom
The park has many walking paths that pass by the cherry trees
The park played host to numerous hanami parties

Maizuru Park (Fukuoka Castle)
April 3, 2011 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Maizuru Park is located on the former grounds of Fukuoka Castle, and is the city's best hanami spot. Unfortunately, as Schauwecker mentioned in his report, the park's evening illumination and a few special events have been cancelled this year. Nonetheless, today there was a very festive atmosphere, with hundreds of people enjoying hanami parties and a variety of stalls selling festival food at the busiest spots. The park's flowers were also just at the verge of reaching full bloom.

The main grove of cherry trees in front of the ruins of the castle keep
Cherry blossoms in front of a castle turret
A path of cherry trees just beside the park
People picknicking near the castle's Tamon Turret
Hanami parties are much harder to see through the trees than they were three days ago

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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