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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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2009/04/08 - Kamakura Report

by scott

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
April 8, 2009 - petals starting to fall

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is the largest and most important shrine in Kamakura. There are about 600 cherry trees around its grounds, with the majority of them lining the approach to the shrine from Kamakura Station.

The hundreds of cherry trees along the path can be enjoyed while walking from the station to the shrine, however there is no space for cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami). Picnic spots are available around the ponds in the shrine grounds which are also lined by cherry trees.

The cherry blossoms are starting to fall from the trees along the approach to the shrine, and a lot of green leaves are emerging between the blossoms. Good weather is predicted to continue in Kamakura and the cherry blossoms around Hachimangu may only last a few more days.

Approach to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Hachimangu Shrine
Large pond at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Genjiyama Park
April 8, 2009 - full bloom

Genjiyama Park is located in the western hills of Kamakura between Kitakamakura and the Great Buddha. It is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot with about 300 cherry trees around its lawn areas.

Genjiyama Park is divided up into smaller areas connected by a myriad of walking trails. There are many good spots to hold cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami) around these grassy areas. While the park can be reached by car, most people come by one of the area's many hiking trails.

The trees around Genjiyama Park are currently at full bloom and should remain at their peak for the next few days.

Genjiyama Park
Genjiyama Park
Genjiyama Park

Great Buddha
April 8, 2009 - full bloom

The Great Buddha is the second largest bronze statue in Japan (behind the Great Buddha of Nara's Todaiji Temple) and one of Kamakura's most recognizable landmarks.

There are a number of cherry trees located on the grounds around the Great Buddha, with a few areas near the entrance and behind the statue that are good spots to have a picnic.

The trees around the Great Buddha are at full bloom. They should continue to be at their best over the next few days.

Great Buddha
Great Buddha

April 8, 2009 - full bloom

There are a number of cherry trees along the roads and temples in the area around Kitakamakura Station. While there is not a large concentration of trees in any one place, the ones that are there can be enjoyed while visiting the temples in the area.

The cherry blossoms around Kitakamakura are currently in full bloom, although green leaves are apparent among the blossoms. The blossom may start to fall in the next few days.

Kenchoji Temple
Jochiji Temple
Engakuji Temple

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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