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Cherry Blossom Report 2012
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2012/04/28 - Aizu Report
by schauwecker

Tsuruga Castle

After visiting the Miharu Takizakura, I drove 50 kilometers inland to Aizu-Wakamatsu, also in Fukushima Prefecture. Surrounded by snow covered mountains, including Mount Bandai, the former castle town is now at the peak of this year's cherry blossom season.

Tsuruga Castle
April 28, 2012 - full bloom

Aizu's best hanami spot is Tsuruga Castle. With its 1000 cherry trees, recently renovated castle keep and impressive walls and moats, it is one of the Tohoku Region's best spots to celebrate the blossoms. The trees have recently reached full bloom and together with the blue sky were spectacular today. They should remain worth a hanami visit for a big part of the Golden Week.

Tsuruga Castle
Full bloom
Reserving picnic spots under the trees
The same trees from the castle's top floor
Popular photo object
Tsuruga Castle

Ishibezakura
April 28, 2012 - full bloom

The Ishibezakura is a remarkable cherry tree in the outskirts of Aizu-Wakamatsu, a 15 minute walk from Iimoriyama. The large tree is estimated to be 600 years old, making it one of the oldest in the region. It is surrounded by fields and makes for a nice sight in a pleasant atmosphere (despite some distracting electrical wires and poles in its vicinity).

The tree is currently at full bloom, and its sturdy blossoms suggest that it will remain in a nice state for several days to come.

Ishibezakura standing in the fields
Ishibezakura from a closer distance
The tree is made up of multiple trunks
Full bloom

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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