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Cherry Blossom Report 2009

This is the official cherry blossom report for 2009. Please visit also our guide to cherry blossoms for more general information and forecasts.

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2009/03/23 - Fukuoka Report

by scott

Fukuoka Castle Ruins (Maizuru Park)
March 23, 2009 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

All that remains today of Fukuoka Castle is the Tamon Turret, Otemon Gate, and the maze-like remains of the castle's walls. Nearly 1000 cherry trees can be found throughout the ruins, and when in bloom they make it an ideal spot for a cherry blossom viewing party (hanami).

Most trees around the park are approaching full bloom with their lower branches nearly fully open, but their upper branches in a less developed state. Full bloom should be reached within a couple of days. There are also some weeping cherry trees (shidare-zakura) in the park, most of which are only just about to open.

Fukuoka Castle Ruins
Fukuoka Castle Ruins
Overview of the Honmaru area of the Fukuoka Castle Ruins
Fukuoka Castle Ruins

Nishi Park (Nishi Koen)
March 23, 2009 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Nishi Park, one of Japan's top 100 cherry blossom spots, is on a hill surrounding the family shrine of Fukuoka's former feudal lords. There are many paths through the park leading to groves of cherry trees as well as observation points with views over the surrounding city and Hakata Bay. The park's nearly 2500 cherry trees are spread out throughout the park rather than in one main area.

Nishi Koen's trees are approaching full bloom with the lower branches of most trees nearly fully open. The top branches, however, still have many unopened buds. The trees should reach full bloom over the next few days.

Nishi Koen is a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing parties. There are many open spaces among the larger stands of trees, as well as more secluded spots throughout the park.

Nishi Koen
Nishi Koen

Atago Shrine
March 23, 2009 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Atago Shrine is located in western Fukuoka City at the top of a hill. The stairs up to the shrine are flanked in hundreds of cherry trees. The viewing deck next to the shrine at the top of the hill offers good views over Fukuoka City and Hakata Bay.

Many of the trees along the stairs are rapidly approaching full bloom. The blossoms on their lower branches are nearly fully open, however the upper branches still have a number of unopened buds. The trees should reach full bloom in the next few days.

This cherry blossom spot is best viewed when walking through it as most of the cherry trees line the stairs up to the shrine, and there is no space for viewing parties. Additionally, the trees along the stairs are illuminated in the evenings.

Atago Shrine
Atago Shrine

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List of Posts:
2009/04/16 - Fuji Five Lakes Report
2009/04/15 - Osaka Report
2009/04/15 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/14 - Himeji Report
2009/04/14 - Kobe Report
2009/04/13 - Nagano Report
2009/04/13 - Kanazawa Report
2009/04/12 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/10 - Tokyo Report
2009/04/09 - Nagoya Report
2009/04/08 - Kamakura Report
2009/04/08 - Yoshino Report
2009/04/07 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/06 - Tokyo Report
2009/04/06 - Osaka Report
2009/04/05 - Yoshino Report
2009/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/03 - Nara Report
2009/04/03 - Yokohama Report
2009/04/02 - Tokyo Report
2009/04/02 - Kobe Report
2009/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2009/03/31 - Tokyo Report
2009/03/31 - Himeji Report
2009/03/30 - Nagoya Report
2009/03/30 - Kyoto Report
2009/03/29 - Tokyo Report
2009/03/29 - Hiroshima Report
2009/03/28 - Miyajima Report
2009/03/27 - Kagoshima Report
2009/03/26 - Tokyo Report
2009/03/26 - Nagasaki Report
2009/03/25 - Kyoto Report
2009/03/25 - Kagoshima Report
2009/03/24 - Kumamoto Report
2009/03/23 - Fukuoka Report