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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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2011/04/07 - Nagoya Report
by schauwecker

Today I made this year's only cherry blossom related visit to Nagoya, checking out three of the city's many attractive hanami spots. Furthermore, I took the opportunity to drop by a new railway museum, which had opened on March 14 just outside of central Nagoya.

Nagoya Castle
April 7, 2011 - full bloom

Cherry trees around Nagoya Castle have reached full bloom, and some have even started to drop some of their petals. They were at their best today and should remain so for a few days to come.

Nagoya Castle
Full bloom at Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle
A row of weeping cherry trees at Nagoya Castle

The reconstruction of the palace buildings (to be completed by 2018) and the renovation of one of the castle turrets (to be completed in 2014) had a small impact on the visit. While a crane over the turret did not contribute positively to the atmosphere, the reconstruction of the palace is done in such a way that visitors are able to observe some of the works.

Observing the reconstruction of the palace buildings at Nagoya Castle

Tsuruma Park
April 7, 2011 - full bloom

Full bloom has also been reached at Tsuruma Park, a public park popular for hanami picnics and parties. Lots of people were enjoying lunch or were reserving spots for a party in the evening.

Tsuruma Park
Full bloom at Tsuruma Park
Tsuruma Park

Yamazakigawa Riverside
April 7, 2011 - full bloom

I finished cherry blossom reporting at the Yamazakigawa Riverside, one of Nagoya's most pleasant hanami spots. Hundreds of trees lined the Yamazaki River for over two kilometers, making it into the list of Japan's 100 best cherry blossom spots.

Yamazakigawa Riverside

There were still some closed buds visible on the trees along the Yamazakigawa Riverside, but overall I estimate that the 80% mark has been surpassed, which we consider full bloom.

Most blossoms are open along the Yamazakigawa Riverside
Cherry blossom tunnel along the Yamazakigawa Riverside

On a cherry blossom unrelated detour, I made a quick visit to the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, a railway museum by JR Central, which had been newly opened less than a month ago near Nagoya Port, a 25 minute train ride from Nagoya Station by the Aonami Line.

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

The museum's main attraction is a collection of regular and experimental railway and maglev cars and engines from the past and present with an emphasis on rolling stock operated along the Tokaido Shinkansen. Further attractions are multiple simulators, a diorama and historic exhibits.

A line up of shinkansen trains and a small girl
A steam locomotive, experimental shinkansen and maglev train on display
Miniature Nagoya Station at the railway diorama
Very realistic N700 shinkansen driving simulator
A train conductor simulator for opening and closing doors

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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