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2010/03/25 - Cherry Blossom Report: Nagasaki

View of Nagasaki from Tateyama Park

Cold weather has slowed the process of the opening of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo and Kyoto, where the flowers are still only just opening. Meanwhile, several cities on the southern island of Kyushu are approaching full bloom, though the weather for the last few days has been cloudy and not ideal for flower viewing. Today we continued reporting from Kyushu in the western city of Nagasaki.

The flowers in Nagasaki were generally about 60% open. There has been cold weather the past few days, but the forecast is for warmer weather into the weekend which may cause the trees to reach full bloom soon. This weekend will likely be the best time to see cherry blossoms in Nagasaki this year and the city's popular cherry blossom spots will most likely be quite crowded.

Nagasaki Peace Park
March 25, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

The first spot of the day was the Nagasaki Peace Park, a park dedicated to the victims of the atomic bomb. The park has a number of statues and other monuments, some of which were donated by foreign countries.

A statue and open area near the hypocenter

The flowers at the park were between 60 and 70% open. The state of the trees varied quite a bit, with some almost at full bloom and others that still had many unopened buds.

Unopened buds and flowers

Dense cherry trees are located near the monument that marks the bomb's hypocenter, whereas the area surrounding the park's fountain has only a few scattered cherry trees. Just beside the park is the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, which is an informative museum worth visiting.

A statue of mother and child seen through cherry blossoms

Tateyama Park
March 25, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Tateyama Park is one of Nagasaki's most popular cherry blossom spots. Its popularity is not without just cause, as the park has both a large number of cherry trees and great views onto the city. Located along the mountainside, Tateyama Park has terraced areas where visitors can enjoy cherry blossom viewing parties.

The terraced hillside of Tateyama Park, empty for the moment

The cherry blossoms at the park are presently about 60 to 70% open. The trees near the bottom of the hillside are somewhat further developed than those near the top.

Cherry Blossoms at Tateyama Park

Today I visited the park early in the morning, so almost no one has yet arrived and the food stalls were just getting set up. I think that it will be a great place to visit over the next few days. The park can be reached by bus from Nagasaki Station in a 20 minute ride.

A food stall being set up early in the morning
The bus travels through a canopy of flowers to Tateyama Park

Sakura no Sato
March 25, 2010 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Sakura no Sato is a community park in a residential district that is still technically located within the city limits of Nagasaki, but almost a one hour bus ride outside of the downtown area. Besides some facilities for the community like tennis courts and playgrounds for children, the park contains several thousands of cherry trees.

Cherry trees at Sakura no Sato

Like at Nagasaki Peace Park, the state of the cherry trees varied between trees, with many near full bloom and other only half open. Generally though, the state of the cherry trees is quite advanced, and almost at 70%.

Cherry trees at Sakura no Sato
The paths through cherry trees run alongside tennis courts
The same path seen from within a tunnel of overhanging branches

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List of Posts:
2011/09/01 - Final Post
2011/05/09 - Cherry Blossom Report: Sapporo
2011/05/06 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hakodate
2011/04/22 - Cherry Blossom Report: Aizu
2011/04/21 - Cherry Blossom Report: Sendai
2011/04/16 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2011/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Osaka
2011/04/14 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kanazawa
2011/04/13 - Cherry Blossom Report: Yoshino
2011/04/12 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2011/04/11 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2011/04/08 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2011/04/04 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2011/04/03 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fukuoka
2011/04/01 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kagoshima
2011/03/31 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kumamoto
2011/03/30 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2011/02/11 - Shiretoko Fantasia 2011
2011/02/11 - Asahikawa Winter Festival - by night
2011/02/10 - Asahikawa Winter Festival - by day
2011/02/09 - Sapporo Snow Festival 2011 - by night
2011/02/08 - Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi 2011
2011/02/07 - Sapporo Snow Festival 2011 - by day

2010/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2010
2010/11/26 - Autumn Color Report: Osaka
2010/11/26 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2010/11/25 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2010/11/24 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2010/11/23 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2010/11/16 - Autumn Color Report: Tokyo
2010/11/05 - Autumn Color Report: Yamadera
2010/10/27 - Autumn Color Report: Kuju
2010/10/26 - Autumn Color Report: Kirishima
2010/04/10 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2010/04/09 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kanazawa
2010/04/08 - Cherry Blossom Report: Osaka
2010/04/07 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2010/04/05 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2010/04/01 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2010/03/30 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2010/03/26 - Cherry Blossom Report: Nagoya
2010/03/25 - Cherry Blossom Report: Nagasaki
2010/03/22 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kumamoto
2010/03/21 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fukuoka
2010/01/23 - Wakakusa Yamayaki

2009/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2009
2009/11/26 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2009/11/25 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto Light Up
2009/11/23 - Autumn Color Report: Nara
2009/11/22 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto Ohara
2009/11/21 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2009/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto Higashiyama
2009/11/16 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto Kurama
2009/11/04 - Autumn Color Report: Hakone
2009/10/07 - Autumn Color Report: Hachimantai
2009/10/06 - Autumn Color Report: Mount Akita-Komagatake
2009/09/28 - Autumn Color Report: Kamikochi
2009/09/24 - Autumn Color Report: Oze National Park
2009/06/18 - Biking the Shimanami Kaido
2009/06/01 - Gunkanjima
2009/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Osaka
2009/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/04/14 - Cherry Blossom Report: Himeji
2009/04/14 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kobe
2009/04/13 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kanazawa
2009/04/12 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/04/05 - Cherry Blossom Report: Yoshino
2009/04/04 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/04/03 - Cherry Blossom Report: Nara
2009/04/02 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kobe
2009/04/01 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/03/31 - Cherry Blossom Report: Himeji
2009/03/30 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/03/29 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2009/03/26 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2009/01/19 - Bears in Hokkaido

2008/12/03 - Autumn Color Report: Kamakura
2008/10/06 - Autumn Color Report: Lake Akan
2008/08/18 - Miyajima Trip
2008/06/09 - Post Towns
2008/05/08 - Baseball Game
2008/04/14 - ASIMO and Aoyama Cemetery
2008/04/08 - Ninja Restaurant