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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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2011/04/05 - Tokyo Report
by scott

Today I made another visit to Tokyo to follow up on our previous cherry blossom report trips on April 2, 2011, March 30, 2011, and March 27, 2011.

Shinjuku Park
April 5, 2011 - opening (10-50%)

I arrived in Tokyo this morning to some beautiful blue skies and warm spring weather. At Shinjuku Gyoen the somei yoshino cherry blossoms have continued to open since our visit last Saturday and are currently about 20% open. We might see the park reach full bloom by the end of the week if the blossoms continue opening at this rate. It doesn't hurt that good weather is forecasted for the next few days.

Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen - Central lawn
Shinjuku Gyoen - Walking paths around the park
Shinjuku Gyoen - Sakuranochi near the Sendagaya Gate

Chidorigafuchi
April 5, 2011- opening (10-50%)

Chidorigafuchi is the name of the northwestern moat surrounding the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The moat is lined by about 1000 trees along both of its banks, and visitors can enjoy the blossoms either from the strolling path along the outer bank or from the water by rental boat (open 9:30 to 20:00, 800 yen/30 minutes, may be closed during high winds).

The cherry trees around the moat are currently in their opening stages with about 30% of their blossoms open. I think there is a very good chance that the trees along the moat will reach full bloom by the end of the week. Also note that this year's evening cherry blossom illuminations along Chidorigafuchi have been cancelled.

Chidorigafuchi
Chidorigafuchi
Chidorigafuchi - Cherry tree lined path

Ueno Park
April 5, 2011- approaching full bloom (50-80%)

As with my previous trip, I visited Ueno Park as my last stop of the day. The blossoms around the park have passed the 50% open mark since our last visit, and continue to be slightly ahead of the rest of Tokyo. I think there is a good chance that they will reach full bloom in the next few days.

Ueno Park
Ueno Park

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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