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Cherry Blossom Report 2010

This is the official cherry blossom report for 2010. Please visit also our guide to cherry blossoms for more general information about cherry blossoms and this year's forecasts and our schedule of upcoming reports.

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2010/04/06 - Inuyama Report
by schauwecker

April 6, 2010 - full bloom

Inuyama Castle

Today I visited Inuyama, a small city just north of Nagoya, which attracts tourists with a handful of relatively interesting sights, including an old feudal castle, an excellent open air museum and lots of cherry trees.

The Kiso River lined by cherry trees

Only four out of Japan's approximately one hundred remaining feudal castles are designated national treasures, the highest national designation for cultural assets. Two days ago, Scott visited one of the four, Himeji Castle, followed by my report yesterday from Hikone Castle, another of them. Without intent, today's report brought me to yet another of them, Inuyama Castle. No report, however, is planned for Matsumoto tomorrow, where the fourth stands.

Castle Keep

Inuyama Castle is considered to have Japan's oldest standing castle tower, dating from 1537. The castle is relatively small, but from its top floor balcony it offers dramatic views over the Kiso River, which flows below and is nicknamed Japan's Rhine River for the landscape's apparent similarity with Germany's Rhine Region.

View of Kiso River from the castle keep's top floor balcony

Cherry trees are planted all over the castle grounds and along its approaches. When I visited today, the trees were at full bloom, although some of them have started to drop some first petals. Nevertheless, the sight of the blossoms should remain beautiful for a few days to come.

Emerging green leaves indicate the approaching end of full bloom

Most of Inuyama's other tourist attractions also have their share of cherry trees, including Urakuen Garden at the foot of the castle, and Meiji Mura, an excellent open air museum devoted to Japan's early modern architecture of the Meiji Period (1868-1912), located a 30 minute bus ride from Inuyama Station.

Urakuen Garden, famous for its tea ceremony houses

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List of Posts:
2010/05/14 - Hakodate Report
2010/05/13 - Matsumae Report
2010/05/06 - Kakunodate Report
2010/05/05 - Hirosaki Report

2010/04/25 - Takizakura Report
2010/04/14 - Fujigoko Report
2010/04/10 - Kyoto Report
2010/04/09 - Kanazawa Report
2010/04/08 - Tokyo Report
2010/04/08 - Osaka Report
2010/04/07 - Kyoto Report
2010/04/07 - Kamakura Report
2010/04/06 - Yoshino Report
2010/04/06 - Inuyama Report
2010/04/05 - Tokyo Report
2010/04/05 - Hikone Report
2010/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2010/04/04 - Himeji Report
2010/04/03 - Nara Report
2010/04/03 - Miyajima Report
2010/04/02 - Kyoto Report
2010/04/02 - Hiroshima Report
2010/04/01 - Tokyo Report

2010/03/30 - Nagoya Report
2010/03/30 - Kyoto Report
2010/03/30 - Tokyo Report
2010/03/29 - Osaka Report
2010/03/27 - Kyoto Report
2010/03/26 - Tokyo Report
2010/03/26 - Nara Report
2010/03/26 - Himeji Report
2010/03/26 - Nagoya Report
2010/03/25 - Nagasaki Report
2010/03/23 - Tokyo Report
2010/03/23 - Kyoto Report
2010/03/22 - Kumamoto Report
2010/03/21 - Fukuoka Report