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2017/04/18

2017/04/18 - Kyoto Report

Northern Japan's Tohoku Region and the mountainous central Chubu Region are beginning to take the spotlight in this year's cherry blossom season, as many locations in these areas approach full bloom while most of...
2017/04/13

2017/04/13 - Kyoto Report

This year's cherry blossom season is developing nicely with the majority of the major viewing spots in south and central Japan in full bloom and beyond. This being said, the focus for many sakura fanatics is now on...
2017/04/10

2017/04/10 - Kyoto Report

With nearly every city in western Japan having declared their sakura season to be in full bloom (mankai), now we can only hope the pedals hold as long as possible to preserve the peak viewing conditions. Last Friday...
2017/04/07

2017/04/07 - Kyoto Report

The last time Sam was in Kyoto, he reported that the blossoms were opening. Today, three days after our last visit, full bloom (mankai) was officially announced in Kyoto. Rain is forecast for Saturday, but should...
2017/04/04

2017/04/04 - Kyoto Report

Kyoto's cherry blossom season has recently commenced, with Raina keeping us informed of the sakura's preliminary progress this past weekend. Since then, the city has seen warmer temperatures that are set to hold for...
2017/04/01

2017/04/01 - Kyoto Report

The official start for Kyoto's cherry blossom season kicked off yesterday on March 31 as expected after the warm temperatures on March 30. The official opening is announced when five or more open blossoms are observed...
2017/03/30

2017/03/30 - Kyoto Report

With the cherry blossom season underway in the Kanto Region, I headed west to Kyoto to check out the cherry blossoms today. The highest temperatures for today in the Kansai Region were over 20 degrees Celsius in both...
2017/02/16

Renovations start at Kiyomizudera's main hall

Kiyomizudera in Kyoto has been undergoing significant renovation works on many of its buildings since 2008. As the final phase of this large renovation project, the temple's most iconic building, its main hall, will be renovated; namely by replacing its famous thatched roof...
2016/12/07

2016/12/07 - Kyoto Report

Today we bring to you the last autumn color report for this year. In a span of almost three months, we covered a total of about 40 reports. We started in Hokkaido in September, moving down to the main island of Honshu...
2016/12/02

2016/12/02 - Kyoto Report

The autumn color season might be winding down in much of the country, but there is still time to catch some great colors in some of Japan's late-season spots. While Sam was reporting peak colors in Kamakura today...
2016/11/29

2016/11/29 - Kyoto Report

I've been in western Japan for the past eight days, and today I revisited some of the spots I investigated last week, to see how their colors have progressed. The season as a whole has been quick to progress in Kyoto, as the city has seen some unusually low temperatures in recent weeks. Considering this and the colorful experiences I had here last week, I was eager to get to my spots for the day to see how they were looking...
2016/11/26

2016/11/26 - Kyoto Report

Today I returned to magnificent Kyoto to see how the autumn colors were coming along in a few more choice spots typically popular with visitors at this time of year...
2016/11/23

2016/11/23 - Kyoto Report

In continuing my coverage of this stunning season in western Japan, today I returned to Kyoto to see how the autumn colors were coming along at a couple of spots that are usually very popular at this time of year...
2016/11/21

2016/11/21 - Kyoto Report

Today, I took a journey to Kyoto, one of the country's most popular and spectacular autumn color spots. My travels were concentrated on the east of this city of autumnal delights, as I checked out how the colors were progressing at some of the city's many great autumnal locations. I can report that Kyoto has progressed relatively quickly this year, now well in peak in many spots. This is largely due to the low temperatures that the city has seen over the last three weeks...
2016/11/16

2016/11/16 - Kyoto Report

The autumn color season has burst into full force in western Japan, where it annually goes out with a bang in some of the county's most well-loved autumn color hot spots...
2016/11/07

2016/11/07 - Kyoto Report

We're now one week into November and as the temperatures continue to get cooler, the autumn colors are also progressing along nicely. Last month we reported mostly from the north and areas in higher elevations, but...
2016/10/31

2016/10/31 - Kyoto Report

The autumn colors are slowly starting in the cities, and today, I bring you our first report from Kyoto. The fall foliage season has barely begun in Kyoto, and many of the trees I saw in the city were still quite...
2016/04/19

Kyoto Railway Museum

April 29, 2016 marks the eagerly anticipated grand opening of the Kyoto Railway Museum...
2016/04/14

2016/04/14 - Kyoto Report

Today I headed back to Kyoto to cover what is likely to be our final cherry blossom report from western Japan this year. After today's report we will be focusing our attention toward the Tohoku Region with a little...
2016/04/11

2016/04/11 - Kyoto Report

As the main cherry blossom season has come to an end around Kyoto and the majority of western Japan, the focus of our coverage in this part of the country shifts to the spots that feature later blooming cherry...
2016/04/08

2016/04/08 - Kyoto Report

The heavy rain and strong winds across the country yesterday wrecked havoc on many of the cherry trees, especially the common mainstream Somei Yoshino cherry trees, in southern and central Japan. In just a day of rain...
2016/04/06

2016/04/06 - Kyoto Report

It's been another beautiful spring day in the Kansai Region today, perfect for catching cherry blossoms in full bloom across the region and most of western and central Japan....
2016/04/04

2016/04/04 - Kyoto Report

We are now midway through the cherry blossom season, and many of the cherry trees in the cities from Kyushu to the Kanto Region have reached full bloom (mankai). Kanazawa and Takamatsu were a couple of the latest...
2016/04/01

2016/04/01 - Kyoto Report

As more and more sights reach full bloom across Japan, it seems that most areas are hitting their peak about 3-4 days earlier than in an average season. This is not nearly as early as their opening dates suggested -...
2016/03/29

2016/03/29 - Kyoto Report

As the cherry blossoms continue to progress across the bulk of Japan, the trees around some of the more southern cities, such as Kumamoto, are starting to hit their best viewing period. While Raina continues reporting...
2016/03/25

2016/03/25 - Kyoto Report

The cherry blossom season has begun and blossoms are beginning to open a bit early across western Japan and in some of the country's major cities...
2015/12/04

2015/12/04 - Kyoto Report

After an unusually warm and rainy mid-season, this year's autumn color season cast some doubt about how it would finish in its last few weeks. While the colors in Tokyo seemed to be pushed back a little later than usual...
2015/11/27

2015/11/27 - Kyoto Report

Today I spent the day revisiting many of the popular autumn color spots in Kyoto, many of which were most recently covered by Raina on her visit last week. Back then the...
2015/11/24

2015/11/24 - Kyoto Report

Today I headed out west to pick up the autumn color (koyo) coverage in Kyoto. The peak colors around much of western Japan appear to be slightly delayed this year, probably due to the abnormally warm,...
2015/11/20

2015/11/20 - Kyoto Report

Today I round up the week with another visit to Kyoto. It has been three days since my last visit to the old capital, and this time, I focused on the eastern side of Kyoto covering the area between...
2015/11/17

2015/11/17 - Kyoto Report

Staying in the Kansai Region, I visited Kyoto again today. It was forecast to rain from the afternoon and while the skies looked somewhat promising in the morning, it...
2015/11/13

2015/11/13 - Kyoto Report

With Joe and Scott covering the Kanto Region, I remain in the Kansai Region and revisited Kyoto again. This time, I went to different temples compared to my last trip three...
2015/11/10

2015/11/10 - Kyoto Report

Today, I find myself in the old capital of Kyoto, a favorite sightseeing spot amongst locals and tourists alike. When Joe visited the city ten days ago, the trees were still mostly green. I...
2015/10/30

2015/10/30 - Kyoto Report

With much of the autumn colors in northern and central Japan's high mountain areas coming to an end quickly this week, leaf watchers around the country are gearing up for the second half of the season...
2015/04/15

2015/04/15 - Kyoto Report

Though the cherry blossom season is coming to its finish here in the Kansai Region this week, all is not lost for those who still want to catch...
2015/04/09

2015/04/09 - Kyoto Report

At this point the cherry blossom season is coming to a close around most of Japan's major cities, and is now moving on to the more northern areas of Japan (check out our sakura forecast to see where...
2015/04/06

2015/04/06 - Kyoto Report

The cherry blossom season continues on with petals falling left and right around the majority of Japan. Today I spent another wet day out west, this time in the Kansai Region...
2015/04/03

2015/04/03 - Kyoto Report

Today I'm back in Kyoto, three days after my last report, and visited different places. Kyoto reached full bloom two days ago on April 1, and the blossoms I saw today are still at their peak and...
2015/03/31

2015/03/31 - Kyoto Report

Moving away from Kyushu, I'll be continuing to bring you the latest updates from the Kansai Region this week. Scott was in Tokyo, and according to his report from yesterday, the...
2014/12/03

2014/12/03 - Kyoto Report

After about two months of reporting almost all over the country, we are reaching the tail end of the autumn season. The leaves and temperatures are starting to fall...
2014/11/28

2014/11/28 - Kyoto Report

For my last autumn color report this week from the Kansai Region, I was back in Kyoto today and yesterday exploring some of the old capital's...
2014/11/25

2014/11/25 - Kyoto Report

As this year's autumn color season is coming into its final stretch around the country, some of the best places to enjoy the changing leaves...
2014/11/20

2014/11/20 - Kyoto Report

Back in the Kansai Region, I headed to Kyoto today. This time, I visited the sites that Scott and...
2014/11/17

2014/11/17 - Kyoto Report

Today I headed to Kyoto to check out a few of the city's popular autumn color spots. As Scott reported last week, the colors in Kyoto are a little earlier than...
2014/11/14

2014/11/14 - Kyoto Report

I headed back to Kyoto today to check back on the fall colors around some of the city's most popular autumn color spots. As mentioned on previous...
2014/11/11

2014/11/11 - Kyoto Report

Today I headed out to Kyoto to follow up on Schauwecker's visit last Friday and check out a few of the more popular autumn...
2014/11/07

2014/11/07 - Kyoto Report

The autumn colors this year have been roughly one week ahead of their average schedule in most places that we have reported from so far. This was mainly due to a relatively cool August and September...
2014/04/15

2014/04/15 - Kyoto Report

For my last report from the Kansai Region, I headed back to Kyoto today. Sean was at the...
2014/04/11

2014/04/11 - Kyoto Report

It has been nine days since the cherry blossom season peaked in Kyoto. Today, I visited the popular city again to report on some locations with later...
2014/04/08

2014/04/08 - Kyoto Report

Six days after the cherry trees in Kyoto were officially in full bloom, I returned to the nation's former capital to check out its cherry blossoms. I was delighted to find the...
2014/04/06

2014/04/06 - Kyoto Report

The last time I was here in Kyoto, it was full bloom and everywhere was just a sea of whitish pink cherry blossoms. Now, four...
2014/04/03

2014/04/03 - Uji Report

Most famous for Byodoin Temple, Uji is a city twenty train minutes south of Kyoto by JR Nara Line. Today I visited the town to...
2014/04/03

2014/04/03 - Kyoto Report

After being in Tokyo and Nagoya the past two days, it is finally my turn to visit Kyoto after...
2014/04/01

2014/04/01 - Kyoto Report

The festival spirit kicks in for Kyoto's sakura season. Under blue skies I arrived in Kyoto to check out some of its popular cherry blossom spots. Over the past week Scott had visited twice...
2014/03/29

2014/03/29 - Kyoto Report

After spending the last few days enjoying the beautiful full bloom around Kyushu, it was time to head back to Kyoto to see how their...
2014/03/25

2014/03/25 - Kyoto Report

This year the cherry blossoms are expected to open more or less on an average schedule, with the exception of Kyushu and...
2013/12/10

2013/12/10 - Kyoto Report

Today I headed back out to Kyoto for this year's final autumn color (koyo) report from the Kansai Region. The season typically comes to a close around most of...
2013/11/29

2013/11/29 - Kyoto Report

Today I completed another whirlwind tour of Kyoto for my final report of this trip to the Kansai Region. This time the majority of the sights that I visited were in the northern...
2013/11/26

2013/11/26 - Kyoto Report

Four days after Sean's last report from the Kansai Region, it was finally time for me to take a turn and head down to...
2013/11/22

2013/11/22 - Kyoto Report

Four days after my last visit, today I returned to Kyoto to see some of its other famous autumn color spots. The skies were clear and there was a joyous atmosphere at the city. I arrived at Arashiyama slightly...
2013/11/18

2013/11/18 - Kyoto Report

The main autumn color season has gradually shifted to Kyoto, where visitors have arrived in numbers. Today I checked out some of the city's popular autumn leaf spots, and was pleased to...
2013/11/13

2013/11/13 - Kyoto Report

In Kyoto, too, nighttime temperatures have recently started to drop below the mark that induces the maple trees to produce autumn colors. While the season is still at an early stage in central Kyoto, some spots in...
2013/04/11

2013/04/11 - Kyoto Report

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...
2013/04/08

2013/04/08 - Kyoto Report

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....
2013/04/04

2013/04/04 - Kyoto Report

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...
2013/04/01

2013/04/01 - Kyoto Report

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...
2013/03/28

2013/03/28 - Kyoto Report

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...
2013/03/24

2013/03/24 - Kyoto Report

Today I returned to Kyoto after spending the last three days reporting on the cherry blossoms around Kyushu. During my...
2013/03/20

2013/03/20 - Kyoto Report

Schauwecker and Sean have already been out covering this season's cherry blossoms with quick trips to see the early blooming Kawazu...
2012/12/02

2012/12/02 - Kyoto Report

Today I headed over to Eastern Kyoto on this year's last scheduled autumn color report from the Kansai Region. The season is definitely winding down around...
2012/11/29

2012/11/29 - Kyoto Report

Today I headed out to Kyoto to continue our coverage of the autumn colors in the Kansai Region. Many of the spots around Kyoto have already reached their peak and beyond, so part of today's report was to...
2012/11/26

2012/11/26 - Kyoto Report

Today I visited a few locations in Kyoto which offered simply stunning fall scenery. The restart of the working week, in combination with the rainy weather, brought back some calm to the streets of Kyoto...
2012/11/25

2012/11/25 - Kyoto Report

Today I revisited Tofukuji and Kiyomizudera, as well as the Sagano and Arashiyama area. Kyoto was really crowded today: the autumn season...
2012/11/22

2012/11/22 - Kyoto Report

Today I explored the Sagano, Arashiyama and Ohara districts of Kyoto and visited many of their temples. Sagano and Arashiyama lie side by side in the western outskirts of...
2012/11/21

2012/11/21 - Kyoto Report

Today I visited Kyoto again to follow up on my report last week. The streets were busy with tourists of different nationalities, heading towards various destinations, most probably to one of Kyoto's popular autumn color spots...
2012/11/16

2012/11/16 - Kyoto Report

It was a sunny day at Kyoto. Autumn season fever has hit the city and tourists were spotted in droves. Kyoto has so many good autumn color spots to offer that the season here usually lasts longer than in most other cities, spanning...
2012/11/07

2012/11/07 - Kyoto Report

Even though the peak of Kyoto's fall foliage season is still about two weeks ahead, I visited the city for an early first autumn color report today. We plan to continue reporting from...
2012/04/17

2012/04/17 - Kyoto Report

The main cherry blossom season in Kyoto has come to an end as the Somei Yoshino trees have dropped most of their petals. However, several late blooming tree varieties continue to provide tourists with hanami opportunities. I included...
2012/04/14

2012/04/14 - Kyoto Report

The cherry blossoms are beautiful, but their ephemerality makes it sad at the same time. Don't we all wish that the cherry blossoms will remain forever? But then again, such is the nature of humans that they'd be taken for granted if...
2012/04/11

2012/04/11 - Kyoto Report

It looks set to be a wet day. Weather forecasts have indicated rain nationwide, with many cities likely to see lightning. I am making my way back to Kyoto to revisit Arashiyama and Maruyama Park, and I wonder how the cherry...
2012/04/09

2012/04/09 - Kyoto Report

After spending a day at Osaka, I returned to Kyoto yesterday, and I witnessed an invasion: that of tourists, both local and foreign, who poured into the streets of the old capital. Walking along the streets, I heard different dialects of...
2012/04/06

2012/04/06 - Kyoto Report

I heard that the samurai liked cherry trees because they could identify their own lives with the transient nature of the cherry blossoms: impermanent, yet glorious. Today our team reports from the three big cities of Kyoto, Tokyo...
2012/04/01

2012/04/01 - Kyoto Report

The cherry blossoms in Kyoto are forecast to start opening from tomorrow, April 2. Today I visited the city for this year's first of approximately seven cherry blossom reports, as we plan to report from the former capital at least twice...
2011/12/02

2011/12/02 - Kyoto Report

The sun shining into fall foliage can enhance colors from nice to brilliant. Unfortunately, the sun did not cooperate during this year's final autumn color report from Kyoto on which I made a grand tour of many of...
2011/11/30

2011/11/30 - Kyoto Report

As Kyoto remains at the peak of the autumn color season, I visited some lesser known koyo spots in the northeastern part of the city: Manshuin, Enkoji, Shinnyodo...
2011/11/29

2011/11/29 - Kyoto Report

Today I headed over to Arashiyama on the outskirts of northwestern Kyoto to follow up on our autumn colors (koyo) reporting. It's been exactly a week since our...
2011/11/28

2011/11/28 - Kyoto Report

Today we spent the morning in Kyoto checking up on a few autumn colors (koyo) sights that Schauwecker visited last week. We started the day with an early visit...
2011/11/27

2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report

One week after my last visit to Kyoto's Higashiyama District, I returned today to checked on the state of the fall leaves at Nanzenji,...
2011/11/22

2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report

On this third Kyoto report within five days I re-visited Arashiyama in the northwestern outskirts of the city. In some spots in the district the trees have progressed into brilliant colors...
2011/11/20

2011/11/20 - Kyoto Report

Today I visited multiple temples along the Higashiyama Mountains, starting at Tofukuji and ending at Eikando. The colors have not peaked yet at any of the temples,...
2011/11/18

2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report

Due to the warm weather of the past weeks, the autumn colors in Kyoto are lagging about ten days behind their average schedule, which is an even greater delay than last year, when they were also delayed. I expect the season to peak...
2011/11/13

2011/11/13 - Kyoto Report

As the fall colors (koyo) are gradually descending into the lower elevations of central Japan, we made our first visit to Kyoto. The peak of the season in central Kyoto...
2011/04/16

2011/04/16 - Kyoto Report

This is the seventh and final cherry blossom report from Kyoto this year. Today, one week after Scott saw the city at full bloom, I found most places were decidedly beyond the peak and can say that the season in Kyoto will be ...
2011/04/12

2011/04/12 - Kyoto Report

Scott visited Kyoto three days ago for the April 9 Cherry Blossom Report and found all the sites he visited at full bloom. Since then a few of Kyoto's cherry blossom spots have begun to lose some flowers. It is still a great time to...
2011/04/09

2011/04/09 - Kyoto Report

Today I made our fifth cherry blossom report trip to Kyoto this year to revisit Arashiyama, the Philosopher's Path, and Kiyomizudera Temple...
2011/04/06

2011/04/06 - Kyoto Report

Today I headed back out to Kyoto to resume coverage of the cherry blossoms in western Japan. This was our fourth visit to Kyoto this season, and during the day I was able to revisit some sights that we had reported on previously (Keage...
2011/04/04

2011/04/04 - Kyoto Report

Despite the official opening of the cherry blossoms taking place one week ago, the flowers of Kyoto's somei yoshino are still not far along in their development. However, with clear skies and warm weather predicted for the next three...
2011/04/01

2011/04/01 - Kyoto Report

Today I made a follow up visit to Kyoto to see how the cherry blossoms have been progressing since Schauwecker's visit on March 29, 2011. I can't say that the trees have made significant progress over the last few days and while some...
2011/03/29

2011/03/29 - Kyoto Report

The cherry blossoms officially started to open in Kyoto yesterday and should progress into full bloom next week. I started this year's reporting from Kyoto at...