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Official cherry blossom reports by japan-guide.com
- 2015 Cherry Blossom Forecast
- Schedule of upcoming reports

 
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2015/03/25 - Tokyo Report
by raina

The cherry blossom season has started slightly early this year, with the trees in many cities opening about two to three days earlier than average. Nagoya, Kumamoto and Kagoshima kicked off the season on March 21 when the first blossoms were observed. Since then, the cherry trees in other cities, especially those in Kyushu and the southern part of the Chubu Region have blossomed.

Today, I bring you japan-guide.com's first cherry blossom report from Tokyo. The city's representative tree opened on March 23, about three days earlier than average. The cherry trees were mostly still in buds today but it will not be long before they blossom and peak in this warm weather. The best time to view the cherry blossoms at their peak is estimated to be from around early next week as the weather forecast for Tokyo for the next few days is expected to be sunny and warm.

Ueno Park (Ueno Koen)
March 25, 2015 - just opened (0-10%)

My first stop for today was Ueno Park, a popular hanami spot in Tokyo. There are about 1200 cherry trees in the park with a mixture of varieties, including some early flowering varieties. Even though most of the cherry blossoms were still closed, there was already space cordoned off for hanami parties. I saw many tour groups braving the morning cold and wind crowding around the early flowering cherry trees and the few Somei Yoshino cherry trees that had a few branches of blossoms opened.

Weeping cherry tree at the entrance of Ueno Park
Most of these flower buds should be open before the end of the week
This path will be crowded with visitors and hanami parties especially the coming weekend
Close up of an early flowering variety
Standing tables for those who want to have a standing hanami party

Rikugien
March 25, 2015 - opening (10-50%) (weeping cherries)

Rikugien is a beautiful Japanese landscape garden in Tokyo. I entered from the normally closed Someimon Gate (open until April 5) which is closer to Komagome Station, and made my way towards the garden's large weeping cherry tree that was planted about 50 years ago and blooms a few days earlier than the regular cherry trees. There was a steady stream of visitors from pre-school kids on excursion, to elderly visitors, and everyone seemed to have a good time walking around the garden regardless of age. The garden is also illuminated in the evenings from 17:30 until April 5 during the cherry blossom season.

The large weeping cherry tree that is at least 50 years old
Close up of some of the blossoms
Sakura season is also sometimes bird photography season
View of part of Rikugien

Koishikawa Korakuen
March 25, 2015 - approaching full bloom (50-80%) (weeping cherries)

Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo's oldest and best Japanese gardens, and also my third stop for today. The garden features many, slightly earlier blooming weeping cherry trees that were already in bloom and saw a constant flow of visitors who took many pictures of the blossoms. There is still on-going construction in the garden, with a bridge and walkway being renovated, however that did not affect any one who was there to enjoy the views and flowers.

Weeping cherry trees near the entrance
Close up of the weeping cherry blossoms
Somei Yoshino flower buds
Weeping cherry tree
Bridge that is still being renovated with a parallel path
Pre-school kids having a picnic
From a lookout in the garden

Shinjuku Gyoen
March 25, 2015 - just opened (0-10%)

My last stop for today was Shinjuku Gyoen, one of Tokyo's largest and most popular parks. Cherry trees of many different varieties are dotted around the park. There were lots of people in the garden crowded around the early flowering cherry trees and others enjoying the sun and picnicking on the spacious lawns. The most numerous Somei Yoshino trees only need a couple more days before they will be filled with blossoms.

Spacious lawn and early flowering varieties on the right
Somei Yoshino buds
Early flowering varieties
Oshima cherry blossoms
Weeping cherry trees at the western end of the garden

 
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List of Posts:
2015/04/30 - Sapporo Report
2015/04/29 - Hakodate Report
2015/04/23 - Kakunodate Report
2015/04/22 - Hirosaki Report
2015/04/21 - Kitakami Report
2015/04/16 - Sendai Report
2015/04/16 - Fujigoko Report
2015/04/15 - Kyoto Report
2015/04/14 - Yoshino Report
2015/04/13 - Takizakura Report
2015/04/10 - Himeji Report
2015/04/10 - Takada Report
2015/04/09 - Tokyo Report
2015/04/09 - Kyoto Report
2015/04/08 - Fukushima Report
2015/04/08 - Matsumoto Report
2015/04/07 - Yoshino Report
2015/04/06 - Tokyo Report
2015/04/06 - Kyoto Report
2015/04/05 - Okayama Report
2015/04/04 - Hiroshima Report
2015/04/03 - Kyoto Report
2015/04/03 - Nagoya Report
2015/04/02 - Tokyo Report
2015/04/02 - Nara Report
2015/04/01 - Osaka Report
2015/04/01 - Kumagaya Report
2015/03/31 - Kyoto Report
2015/03/30 - Tokyo Report
2015/03/27 - Fukuoka Report
2015/03/26 - Kumamoto Report
2015/03/25 - Tokyo Report