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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2009/04/02 - Kobe Report

by francois

Sumaura Park
April 2, 2009 - just opened (0-10%)

Sumaura Park is located west of downtown Kobe. It consists of two areas; an upper park, and a lower park. The upper park is along a mountainside, which can be scaled either by foot or by cable car. The lower park is much smaller and is mostly level at the mountain's base. There are about 3600 cherry trees in the two areas combined.

The cherry blossoms at Sumaura Park are not yet very developed. They have only just opened, and about 10% are in bloom. The trees in the lower park are of course much more developed, and today a few groups could be seen enjoying cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami).

Sparse trees along the mountainside
Bud with the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in the background
Fuller trees in the lower park

Oji Zoo
April 2, 2009 - opening (10-50%)

The Kobe City Oji Zoo is a medium sized zoo with a wide variety of wildlife in the park. There are a few areas with clusters of cherry trees, but the vast majority of the zoo's approximately 480 trees line the walking paths between the different animal areas.

The cherry blossoms at the zoo are between 30% and 40% open. There were medium crowds, but most people seemed more interested in the pandas or gorillas than the flowers. Many people were taking the opportunity to eat under the trees.

Visitors to the zoo take a lunch break under the cherry blossoms
Cherry blossoms and giraffe
Cherry blossoms at the zoo's entrance

Arima Onsen
April 2, 2009 - opening (10-50%)

Arima Onsen is a pleasant hot spring town north of central Kobe. There are about 500 cherry trees located around the town.

The cherry blossoms in Arima are not very developed, and have only opened about 10%. A cherry blossoms festival will take place from the 11th to the 14th. There are cherry trees illuminations in the evening from the 1st to the 15th. Some of these events occur at Senpukuji Temple, which is famous for its weeping cherry tree (shidare).

The grounds of Senpukuji, cherry trees not yet very developed
Some flowers of the shidare at Senpukuji

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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