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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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2011/04/09 - Kyoto Report
by scott

Today I made our fifth cherry blossom report trip to Kyoto this year to revisit Arashiyama, the Philosopher's Path, and Kiyomizudera Temple.

Arashiyama
April 9, 2011- full bloom

Arashiyama was pretty damp this morning due to a light drizzle that began yesterday afternoon and only just stopped as I stepped of the train in the small riverside town. Luckily the rain was light enough and the blossoms are still strong enough that they survived the night without any real damage.

Since Schauwecker's visit on March 29, 2011, the cherry blossoms have fully opened and are currently at full bloom. The look like they have only just reached full bloom, and I would expect them to continue to look their best for at least a few more days.

Arashiyama
Arashiyama - Nananoshima Park on the western side of the Togetsukyo Bridge
Arashiyama - Wet but otherwise undamaged cherry blossoms

There is a second cherry blossom area one more bridge over from Nananoshima Park on the western side of Togetsukyo Bridge. It is a great area for hanami parties as the ground is covered in grass and you can set up directly under the trees.

The cherry blossoms in this area, however, were slightly behind the trees along the river. They are quickly approaching full bloom though and look like they will fully open in the next day or two.

Arashiyama - Sakura trees on the western side of the river past the westernmost bridge
Arashiyama - Cherry blossoms just about to reach full bloom

Philosopher's Path
April 9, 2011- full bloom

I revisited the Philosopher's Path again today and had the opposite experience from my last visit on April 1, 2011. This time the path was bustling with people and the blossoms were at full bloom. I think I hit it right at the peak of the season today, and this is probably the best I've ever seen the Philosopher's Path.

Philosopher's Path
Philosopher's Path - Cherry blossoms in full bloom
Philosopher's Path

Kiyomizudera Temple
April 9, 2011- full bloom

Finally I ended my day with a revisit to Kiyomizudera Temple. Just like at both of my earlier stops today, I was greeted by beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom all around the temple grounds. The best ones were towards the temple's exit which looked very full and fresh and like they have only just completely opened. Again, I expect that the trees around Kiyomizudera will remain at their best for at least a few more days.

Kiyomizudera Temple.
Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera Temple - Pond near the temple's exit
Kiyomizudera Temple - Near the temple's exit

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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