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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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2009/03/30 - Kyoto Report

by francois

March 30, 2009 - opening (10-50%)

Arashiyama has been one of the most popular scenic spots in Kyoto for hundreds of years. Today, exiting the nearest station, a steady stream of sightseers leads to the site, which is already attracting many people.

It is still somewhat early for the trees in the Arashiyama area. The trees are at about 30% bloom on average, with the majority of trees being less and a few being quite full. The trees that line the river on Nakanoshima Park are only just opening. The area should be at full bloom next weekend.

Cherry trees along the river, Togetsukyo Bridge in the background
Some flowers and buds found on the island
A popular weeping cherry tree (shidare-zakura) nearing full bloom

Nijo Castle
March 30, 2009 - opening (10-50%)

The former Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, later given to the Imperial Family, Nijo Castle now belongs to the city of Kyoto and welcomes many tourists who come to see its unique architecture and gardens.

The castle's cherry trees are only at about 20% bloom. The best place on the castle grounds is presently the Seiryu-en Garden, located to the north. A cherry tree grove, consisting mostly of sato-zakura trees, late blooming cherry trees with more than five petals, has just barely opened and still looks quite bare.

Seiryu-en Garden
Flowers in Seiryu-en Garden
The Sato-zakura Cherry Tree Grove

Maruyama Park
March 30, 2009 - opening (10-50%)

Maruyama Park is located in the Higashiyama district of Eastern Kyoto, and is one of the city's most popular locations for cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami).

Although the area was not very crowded last week, the crowds have started to come. The flowers, however, are not quite as eager, and the park remains at only about 20% bloom. Trees around the outskirts of the park are more advanced than those in the center, where the cherry blossom parties take place.

The center of the park, with party preparations being made
A few opening flowers
Crowds and Food Stalls
Maruyama Park's famous weeping cherry tree

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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