by Francois, staff writer of japan-guide.com
2009/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
April 15, 2009 - beyond peak
This year, because of the cold weather, the cherry blossoms of the Omuro trees did not open much later than the majority of other cherry trees. The recent rain has also caused many of the flowers of the Omuro trees to fall. Because of the density of trees, and also because of various other late blooming trees, there is still a decent amount of cherry blossom viewing opportunities available at the temple. However, the cherry blossom season at Omuro is well beyond its peak.
April 15, 2009 - petals starting to fall
The blossoms of the shidare trees have reached full bloom and have only just started to lose their petals. They are still quite an impressive sight. Many of the other cherry trees that had bloomed earlier are now completely green. As the weeping cherry trees are much more numerous than the other trees, it is a good time to visit Heian Shrine to view the cherry blossoms, and should remain so for a couple more days.