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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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2009/03/25 - Kyoto Report

by schauwecker

Philosopher's Path
March 25, 2009 - just opened (less than 10%)

Approximately 500 cherry trees line the Philosopher's Path for most of its two kilometers between Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and the neighborhood of Nanzenji.

The cherry trees along the path have only just started to open their blossoms, and it probably takes 3 to 6 more days until full bloom. Among the still mostly barren trees, there are occasional trees of early blooming cherry varieties, which are already in bloom.

Philosopher's Path - still mostly barren
Philosopher's Path - less than 10 percent of blossoms have opened so far

Maruyama Park
March 25, 2009 - just opened (less than 10%)

Maruyama Park is probably Kyoto's most famous cherry blossom spot for cherry blossom viewing parties with several hundred cherry trees. Food and drinks are readily available in temporarily constructed outdoor restaurants. The park is lit up in the evenings.

The majority of cherry trees in Maruyama Park have only just started to open their blossoms. Prominent exception is the park's large weeping cherry tree, which is opening up at a slightly faster pace. Currently, about 30 to 40 percent of its blossoms are already open.

Maruyama Park - not very crowded yet
Maruyama Park - the large weeping cherry is opening its blossoms
Maruyama Park - other trees are not as advanced

Heian Shrine
March 25, 2009 - still closed

Hidden behind the main buildings of Heian Shrine is one of Kyoto's best spot to see weeping cherry trees (shidare-zakura) - several hundreds of them in the beautiful surrounding of a Japanese landscape garden.

However, the weeping cherry trees at Heian Shrine are typically blooming a few days later than the elsewhere predominant somei yoshino cherry trees. Most trees are currently still closed, although the opening of blossoms is imminent. Nevertheless, it is likely to take another week until Heian Shrine's garden can be enjoyed in full bloom.

The garden of Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine - opening of blossoms is imminent

Okazaki Canal and Keage Incline
March 25, 2009 - just opened (less than 10%)

Boat tours are operated on the cherry tree lined Okazaki Canal near Heian Shrine, which is part of the canal system connecting Kyoto with Lake Biwa on the other side of the mountains. Another hundred trees stand along the nearby "Keage Incline", a slope for transporting boats between canals.

Blossoms along Okazaki Canal and the Keage Incline have only just started to open. It is likely to take another 3 to 6 days until full bloom is reached.

Okazaki Canal
Okazaki Canal - blossoms about to open
Keage Incline
Keage Incline - buds outnumber blossoms

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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