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

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2012/04/28 - Takizakura Report
by schauwecker

Miharu Takizakura
April 28, 2012 - full bloom

Four days after our first visit to the Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture, I revisited what I consider Japan's most beautiful tree. Despite the recent bad weather, the tree has progressed into full bloom today and should remain at the peak of its seasonal beauty for several days to come.

Today was the start of the Golden Week, one of Japan's busiest travel periods. The combination of Golden Week, good weather and the Takizakura in full bloom promised Miharu Town to become extraordinarily crowded. Therefore, I arrived at the tree as early as 5:30am, where I encountered "only" a 30 minute traffic jam ahead of the parking lot - nothing compared to the waiting times expected later during the day.

Public transportation to the tree is provided by a temporary shuttle bus service from JR Miharu Station through April 30. Afterwards, there will be only taxis and infrequent town buses that run on an indirect route between Miharu Station and the Takizakura.

Miharu Takizakura and morning mist at 6am
The morning mist gradually disappears
Miharu Takizakura in full bloom
Approaching the Miharu Takizakura
Miharu Takizakura from below
Almost all blossoms have opened

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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