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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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2009/04/01 - Kyoto Report

by francois

Daigoji Temple
April 1, 2009 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

Daigoji Temple consists of three paid entry area: the main temple area (which includes the Kondo and the five-story pagoda), the Sanbo-in temple area and the Reihokan museum. The branches of cherry trees cascade over the paths that connect the three areas, and the first two areas have some impressive trees on their grounds.

Currently the most impressive trees at Daigoji Temple are the weeping cherry trees inside the Sanbo-in area. They are now at full bloom (mankai), while most other cherry trees are between 50% and 60%.

Weeping cherry trees inside the Sanbo-in area
A close-up of Sanbo-in's cherry trees

Philosopher's Path
April 1, 2009 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

The Philosopher's Path runs between Ginkakuji Temple in the north and Nanzenji Temple in the south. It is a pleasant walking path that runs alongside a canal.

The cherry trees along the Philosopher's Path are now between 50% and 60%, with some areas being near full bloom (mankai). A section near the southern end of the path is the most developed, with the most impressive overhead of blooming flowers.

The Philosopher's Path
Flowers along the Philosopher's Path

Kiyomizudera Temple
April 1, 2009 - opening (10-50%)

Kiyomizudera Temple is one of Kyoto's most popular temples. There is almost always a steady flow of tourists visiting the temple. The branches of cherry trees extend up under the temple's famous wooden terrace. Other trees are located around the complex.

At the moment, the cherry trees at Kiyomizudera Temple are still not very developed. The cherry blossoms are only about 30% open. The most impressive trees in the area are located outside the temple at the stairs leading to Chawan-zaka, just to the right of the main approach.

The famous terrace of Kiyomizudera with a few cherry blossoms below
Cherry blossoms, Kiyomizudera's terrace in the background
A pond, pagoda and bare cherry trees
Branches of a cherry tree at the top of Chawan-zaka

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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