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2012/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
by scott

Sakurayama's Japanese style garden

Today I visited Sakurayama Park in Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture which is a well known spot for seeing winter cherry blossoms, a rather uncommon variety of cherry blossom that blooms in the winter. The winter cherries (fuyuzakura) have an unusually long and slow blooming period that begins in October and peaks from around November to December, making it possible to see cherry blossoms in conjunction with autumn foliage.

About 100 kilometers north of Tokyo, Sakurayama is one of the most well known places to see winter cherry blossoms and has about 7000 of these trees planted around its mountain slopes. Compared to previous years' reports it looks like it is a little early for the cherry blossoms. The best trees look like they are about halfway to the peak, but most of the flower buds are still closed. The situation should continue to improve over the next month.

It is still a little early for the cherry blossoms
Blossoms on one of the nicer trees
This may be a slightly different variety of winter cherry blossom
The cherry trees along the eastern slopes were not as advanced

The autumn colors around Sakurayama usually peak around mid November and were very nice today. The trees higher up on the mountain are still changing colors and are not yet at the peak, but they will probably reach it over the next week or so.

The best colors, however, were down around the Japanese style garden at the north end of the park. The garden has plenty of maple trees planted around its central pond and along the walking paths that lead around the area. The colors looked to be around the peak, and there were lots of nice shades of gold and red showing.

Sakurayama's Japanese style garden
Propellers were churning up the pond
The koi would beg to be fed
There were plenty of strolling paths and sitting areas around the garden
Some of the nice colors around the garden
Maples lined the entrance to the path up the mountain

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List of Posts:
2012/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/07 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/05 - Kamakura Report
2012/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2012/12/01 - Tokyo Report

2012/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/29 - Himeji Report
2012/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/23 - Miyajima Report
2012/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/21 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/21 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/19 - Takaosan Report
2012/11/16 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/15 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/15 - Shosenkyo Report
2012/11/14 - Hakone Report
2012/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2012/11/08 - Koyasan Report
2012/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/07 - Nikko Report
2012/11/07 - Yamadera Report
2012/11/06 - Naruko Report
2012/11/05 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/11/05 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/01 - Kuju Report

2012/10/31 - Towada Report
2012/10/30 - Bandai Report
2012/10/26 - Minakami Report
2012/10/24 - Nikko Report
2012/10/22 - Alpine Route Report
2012/10/18 - Noboribetsu Report
2012/10/18 - Sounkyo Report
2012/10/17 - Shiretoko Report
2012/10/16 - Norikura Report
2012/10/16 - Nikko Report
2012/10/15 - Kamikochi Report
2012/10/12 - Oze Report
2012/10/11 - Hachimantai Report
2012/10/10 - Bandai Report
2012/10/09 - Nikko Report
2012/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2012/10/04 - Alpine Route Report

2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report
2012/09/26 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/20 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/18 - Asahidake Report