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Cherry Blossom Report 2012
Official cherry blossom reports by japan-guide.com

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2012/04/06 - Tokyo Report
by scott

Asukayama Park

Heavy rains and extremely strong winds swept through Japan since our last report from Tokyo and a lot of people were concerned about the effect that this would have on the cherry blossoms. I'm happy to report that they cherry blossoms survived the storm and there doesn't seem to be any damage from the weather. On the contrary, the last few days have been warm and sunny and the blossoms have been opening as normal. Today's sites include Inokashira Park, Asukayama Park, Ueno Park, and Sumida Park.

Inokashira Park
April 6, 2012 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Inokashira Park is a beautiful city park in western Tokyo near Kichijoji Station, and is one of Japan's top 100 cherry blossom spots. The park is recognizable for its large central pond surrounded by nearly 500 cherry trees, and at the park you can rent row boats, visit the Inokashira Zoo, or make a trip to the Ghibli Museum nearby. Inokashira Park also has large open areas under the trees that are a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami).

The cherry trees around the park look to have recently past the 50% open stage and are now approaching full bloom. The forecast calls for nice sunny weather over the next few days so it shouldn't be long before the the trees reach their peak.

Inokashira Park
The cherry blossoms are opening quickly
People were already reserving spots for hanami parties later in this evening
Swan boats travel the pond
Row boats can be rented near the zoo

Asukayama Park
April 6, 2012 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Asukayama Park is another beautiful city park with nearly 650 cherry trees. The park lies on a hill overlooking Oji Station, which is a few stops north of Ueno on the Keihin Tohoku Line. Asukayama Park is a nice place to hold a hanami party as it is a little quieter and feels a little more intimate than many of the other popular parks around Tokyo. Its also a popular spot for families with small children and has a large play area with old trains to play around.

The cherry trees around Asukayama Park are quickly approaching their peak and looked even further along than those at Inokashira Park. I think they could reach full bloom as early as this weekend.

Asukayama Park
The blossoms are close to full bloom
Lots of people were already having hanami parties

Ueno Park
April 6, 2012 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

After a short train ride, I arrived in Ueno Park to see how the cherry blossoms have progressed since Tuesday. Similar to Asukayama, the cherry trees around the park were slightly ahead of the other spots around the city. The blossoms looked to be just shy of full bloom, and I would expect them to reach their peak very soon.

Ueno Park
The blossoms here were also near full bloom
Great weather brought out the hanami parties. Expect this weekend to be super crowded.
The path through Shinobazu Pond
Lots of boaters were out on the pond
Early blooming trees near the entrance to Ueno Park are starting to lose their petals

Sumida Park
April 6, 2012 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

My final stop of the day was Sumida Park, a cherry tree lined park in Asakusa that lies along the Sumida River. The park is a nice place to view the Tokyo Sky Tree together with the cherry blossoms. It was pretty crowded there today and lots of people were waiting for the water bus tours that travel along the river.

The cherry blossoms around Sumida Park were similar to those at Inokashira Park and look like they have only recently passed the 50% open mark. I would expect them to reach full bloom early next week.

Tokyo Sky Tree seen from Sumida Park
The blossoms are approaching full bloom
Lots of people were out enjoying the good weather

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List of Posts:
2012/05/09 - Sapporo Report
2012/05/08 - Hakodate Report
2012/05/07 - Hirosaki Report
2012/04/30 - Hirosaki Report
2012/04/29 - Kakunodate Report
2012/04/28 - Takizakura Report
2012/04/28 - Kitakami Report
2012/04/28 - Aizu Report
2012/04/28 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/04/25 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/04/25 - Sendai Report
2012/04/24 - Fukushima Report
2012/04/18 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/17 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/16 - Yoshino Report
2012/04/15 - Kanazawa Report
2012/04/15 - Tottori Report
2012/04/14 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/14 - Osaka Report
2012/04/14 - Himeji Report
2012/04/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/12 - Yokohama Report
2012/04/12 - Kamakura Report
2012/04/11 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/10 - Hiroshima Report
2012/04/09 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/09 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/07 - Osaka Report
2012/04/06 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/06 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/06 - Nagoya Report
2012/04/04 - Fukuoka Report
2012/04/03 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/03 - Kumamoto Report
2012/04/02 - Kagoshima Report
2012/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2012/03/31 - Tokyo Report
2012/03/22 - Tokyo Report
2012/03/15 - Tokyo Report