Cherry Blossom Report 2010

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2010/04/25 - Takizakura Report
by schauwecker

Miharu Takizakura
April 25, 2010 - full bloom

After a two week break from the blossoms, I resumed the seasonal reporting from northern Japan today with a visit to the Miharu Takizakura, a single weeping cherry tree in Fukushima Prefecture.

Ranked among Japan's "three greatest cherry trees", the Takizakura (lit. "waterfall cherry tree") is one of the most popular single (cherry) trees in the country, if not the most popular one. The wonderfully shaped weeping cherry tree in the hills of Miharu Town, not far from Koriyama City, is said to be over 1000 years old.

In order to avoid the traffic jams and large crowds expected around the Takizakura on this beautiful Sunday, we left our home in Gunma Prefecture in the middle of the night at 3:30am to arrive in Miharu shortly after 6am. To my tremendous surprise, it wasn't early enough! The traffic jam for the parking lot was already one hour long, despite the lot's capacity of almost 1000 cars.

The Takizakura was reported to have opened its first blossoms on April 13, just to be covered by more than 20 centimeters of snow a few days later. The unseasonally low temperatures caused a slow down in the opening process, and full bloom was not reached until April 21.

Today, the tree was still in full bloom and more beautiful than any tree I have ever seen before. Thanks to the good local management and ample of space around the tree, the visit was not overly crowded and very enjoyable. We spent more than an hour slowly walking around the tree, admiring and photographing it from all possible angles.

It seemed to me that the tree's blossoms were still pretty sturdy, and I did not see any falling petals yet. So, I think that a visit to the Takizakura should remain enjoyable for a few more days to come. Crowds on weekdays are sure to be smaller than today. However, the shuttle buses from the closest train station, JR Miharu Station, seem to be running only until today. Alternatively, a taxi ride from the station takes about 15 minutes and costs around 2,500 yen one way.

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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