Cherry Blossom Report 2013

Cherry Blossom Report 2013
Official cherry blossom reports by japan-guide.com

2013 Cherry Blossom Forecast - Schedule of upcoming reports - Popular cherry blossom spots
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2013/05/09 - Hakodate Report
just opened (0-10%)

Today we wrapped up our 2013 cherry blossom reporting with a visit to Hakodate in southern Hokkaido... read all

2013/05/08 - Matsumae Report
just opened (0-10%)

Nearly two months since the first cherry trees opened in Kyushu, this year's cherry blossom front has finally landed in Hokkaido... read all

2013/05/02 - Hirosaki Report
opening (10-50%)

Today I visited Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture, home of Hirosaki Castle and its park - one of the best cherry blossom spots in all of Japan... read all

2013/05/01 - Kakunodate Report
about to open

I started the first day of May at Kakunodate of Akita Prefecture, one of three best cherry blossom spots in the Tohoku Region, along with... read all

2013/04/30 - Kitakami Report
approaching full bloom (50-80%)

After a week's break in our cherry blossom reporting, today we resume at the Tohoku Region. Compared to the average year, this year saw cherry blossoms blooming... read all

2013/04/18 - Sendai Report
full bloom

Today we continued our Tohoku Region cherry blossom reporting from Miyagi Prefecture, with stops in... read all

2013/04/17 - Takayama Report
full bloom

Takayama in Gifu Prefecture is a popular tourist destination, especially around its central area which retains a lovely old town atmosphere... read all

2013/04/15 - Fukushima Report
full bloom

Although some of the later opening cherry trees are still in bloom around Tokyo and Kyoto, at this point of the season the main... read all

2013/04/12 - Matsumoto Report
full bloom

Today I went to Matsumoto to check out its cherry blossom spots. The city is located in Nagano Prefecture, and can be reached in about 2 hours... read all

2013/04/11 - Kyoto Report
end of season

As the season comes to an end for the mainstream cherry blossoms (Somei Yoshino) in Kyoto, we bring to you our year's final sakura report from this... read all

2013/04/10 - Mount Fuji Report
full bloom

It has been five days since our last visit to the the Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko) region at the base of Mount Fuji, during which time... read all

2013/04/10 - Hakone Report
petals starting to fall

Though not really known as a major cherry blossom destination, Hakone nonetheless has several nice cherry blossom spots that tend to bloom around the... read all

2013/04/10 - Kanazawa Report
petals starting to fall

Today I made a trip to Kanazawa, a thriving city in the prefecture of Ishikawa along the Sea of Japan coast. During the Edo Period ... read all

2013/04/09 - Yoshino Report
beyond peak

Yoshinoyama in Nara Prefecture is arguably the most well-known cherry blossom spot in all of Japan. On the northern slopes of the... read all

2013/04/08 - Kyoto Report
beyond peak

After a wet weekend, this week we will see much more sun for most of Japan. I set foot on Kyoto again, expecting that the season was approaching an end for the mainstream Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms.... read all

2013/04/08 - Tokyo Report
end of season

About one week ago we observed that the cherry blossom season around central Tokyo has pretty much come to a close, but today we went back down to revisit two of the later season hanami spots around the... read all

2013/04/05 - Mount Fuji Report
opening (10-50%)

While the cherry blossom season around Tokyo has pretty much come to a close, no doubt helped along by Wednesday's heavy rains, the trees in other... read all

2013/04/04 - Kyoto Report
full bloom

Three days after our previous report from Kyoto, I visited the city for another update. The trees survived yesterday's strong winds in good shape and were a joy to look at in today's sunny and... read all

2013/04/04 - Gunma Report
full bloom

The two biggest cities in Gunma Prefecture are the transport hub Takasaki and the prefectural capital Maebashi. The two cities are ... read all

2013/04/03 - Takamatsu Report
full bloom

Located a 30 minute train ride west of Takamatsu, Marugame Castle is one of Japan's twelve original castles, i.e. a castle that has survived... read all

2013/04/02 - Osaka Report
full bloom

News agencies reported that the peak for this cherry blossom season had arrived in Osaka just slightly before this past weekend... read all

2013/04/02 - Hiroshima Report
petals starting to fall

Hiroshima's cherry blossoms were reported to have opened on March 22 and to have reached full bloom four days ago on March 29, almost one week earlier than in the average year. Today, I checked the state of the... read all

2013/04/01 - Tokyo Report
petals starting to fall

Today I challenged myself to cover Ueno Park and Shinjuku Gyoen in central Tokyo where the season is approaching its end, as well as three hanami spots west of central... read all

2013/04/01 - Kyoto Report
full bloom

The Kyoto Meteorological Agency announced that the peak of this cherry blossom season had arrived in Kyoto this past Saturday. Today I returned to the city expecting to catch some brilliant views... read all

2013/03/29 - Tokyo Report
petals starting to fall

Today I headed down to Tokyo to revisit some of the city's popular hanami spots. The cherry blossoms were at full bloom when we... read all

2013/03/28 - Gunma Report
opening (10-50%)

This year's greatly accelerated cherry blossom season around Tokyo has been playing havoc with people's carefully made travel plans. The blossoms around the city are at full... read all

2013/03/28 - Kyoto Report
opening (10-50%)

Four days after our previous report from Kyoto, today I revisited the charming city. Incidentally, on an average year cherry blossoms in Kyoto start opening on this day... read all

2013/03/27 - Osaka Report
opening (10-50%)

This morning had been cloudy. Like sheets of muddy melancholy hung up in the air; the clouds gave a sleepy feel... read all

2013/03/27 - Fukuoka Report
petals starting to fall

Today I headed to Fukuoka Prefecture for a last cherry blossom report from Kyushu this year. I visited one representative hanami spot each in the prefecture's two... read all

2013/03/26 - Nagoya Report
opening (10-50%)

Nagoya is the fourth most populous city in Japan, after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka. Interestingly, although the city's first cherry... read all

2013/03/26 - Kamakura Report
full bloom

Today I returned to reporting from the Kanto Region of Japan with a quick trip down to Kamakura about an hour south of Tokyo. Despite being so... read all

2013/03/26 - Okayama Report
just opened (0-10%)

After a spontaneous visit to Okayama's Korakuen Garden today, I decided to post a quick, unscheduled report about the state of the... read all

2013/03/25 - Tokyo Report
full bloom

Four days after my last visit, I returned to Tokyo to check out its cherry blossoms. Peak season had arrived at the capital ... read all

2013/03/24 - Kyoto Report
just opened (0-10%)

Today I returned to Kyoto after spending the last three days reporting on the cherry blossoms around Kyushu. During my... read all

2013/03/23 - Kagoshima Report
full bloom

I spent my last day in Kyushu today visiting Kagoshima. One of the southernmost prefectural capitals of Japan, the blossoms here opened on March 15th and are currently at full bloom over most of the... read all

2013/03/22 - Kumamoto Report
approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Today I stopped by Kumamoto as I made my way south across Kyushu. The blossoms here opened on March 16th, which is a little bit earlier than expected, but not quite as early as those around... read all

2013/03/21 - Tokyo Report
opening (10-50%)

The cherry blossoms at Tokyo have been making news recently for a record-setting start to the season. The official recorded date is Mar 16, ten days faster than the average year and... read all

2013/03/21 - Fukuoka Report
approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Today I headed over to Kyushu to check out the cherry blossoms around Fukuoka. The blossoms here were some of the earliest to open in Japan and were first seen on March 13th.... read all

2013/03/20 - Kyoto Report
still closed

Schauwecker and Sean have already been out covering this season's cherry blossoms with quick trips to see the early blooming Kawazu... read all

2013/03/17 - Tokyo Report
just opened (0-10%)

After a cold winter, many weather services predicted this year's cherry blossoms in Tokyo to open at an average pace in their initial forecasts. Yet, the city's representative tree ended up opening already yesterday... read all

2013/03/12 - Tokyo Report
about to open

Today, as a prelude to the main cherry blossom season, we visited Tokyo to check out some early blooming varieties of cherry trees. After a cold winter, the weather has taken a sharp turn and forecasts have predicted... read all

2013/02/28 - Kawazu Report
opening (10-50%)

Kawazu is a small town along the southeastern coast of the Izu Peninsula, a two hour train ride from Tokyo. The town is the birthplace of the Kawazu Cherry, one of the earliest flowering... read all

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