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Cherry Blossom Report 2012
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2012/04/12 - Kamakura Report
by scott

Cherry tree tunnel along the Dankazura

Like Yokohama, which I visited earlier this morning, the cherry blossoms around Kamakura reached full bloom a few days ago and, while not severely affected by yesterday's rain, are approaching the end if their peak. Today I checked out the cherry blossoms at the Great Buddha and the Dankazura approach to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Great Buddha (Daibutsu)
April 12, 2012 - full bloom

The Great Buddha is a large bronze Buddha statue that is one of Japan and Kamakura's most recognizable landmarks. A small number of cherry trees are planted around the Great Buddha and are mainly concentrated in a few spots near the entrance and behind the statue. There is one strategically placed tree right in front of the statue that gives visitors a nice opportunity to take pictures of the statue in combination with the blossoms.

The trees around the Great Buddha are toward the end of full bloom. Green leaves are starting to appear among the petals and it is probably only a matter of days before the petals start falling freely from the trees.

Great Buddha
The cherry blossoms are still at full bloom
A grove of cherry trees near the entrance to the temple grounds

Dankazura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu)
April 12, 2012 - full bloom

The final stop of the day was to the Dankazura, the cherry tree lined approach to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and one of Kamakura's most famous cherry blossom spots. Hundreds of trees line the walking path forming a sort of cherry blossom tunnel. Unfortunately there really isn't any space to have a hanami party so you can really only enjoy it by strolling down the path.

The cherry trees along the Dankazura were similar to those over at the Great Buddha although there were a few more petals on the ground and a few more green leaves coming through. It seems that the peak is coming to an end around the cherry blossom tunnel, and may be over in a matter of days.

The Dankazura was crowded today
The cherry blossoms are toward the end of the peak
Petals felled by yesterday's rain

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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