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2012/04/17 - Kyoto Report
by schauwecker

The main cherry blossom season in Kyoto has come to an end as the Somei Yoshino trees have dropped most of their petals. However, several late blooming tree varieties continue to provide tourists with hanami opportunities. I included several spots with late blooming trees on this last cherry blossom report of the year from Kyoto.

April 17, 2012 - beyond peak (Somei Yoshino)
April 17, 2012 - full bloom (Weeping Cherries)

I was surprised to still find rather attractive hanami conditions at Arashiyama. The main attraction were the numerous late blooming weeping cherry trees in the riverside park. But even some Somei Yoshino trees still had a few branches with considerable numbers of petals left. The weeping cherry trees have only just reached full bloom and should remain in bloom for several days to come, but the Somei Yoshino blossoms are on a rapid decline.

Ninnaji Temple
April 17, 2012 - approaching full bloom (50-80%) (Omuro Cherries)

Ninnaji Temple is unique for having its very own cherry tree variety, the Omuro Cherry. The trees are of the late blooming type and were at the 50% mark today. Considering the mild temperatures in the forecasts, I expect them to explode into full bloom within a day or two.

Nijo Castle
April 17, 2012 - full bloom (Weeping Cherries)
April 17, 2012 - opening (10-50%) (late blooming varieties)

Nijo Castle has a wide range of cherry tree varieties on display, including several late blooming trees. Today, the long row of weeping cherry trees in the very back of the castle grounds were at full bloom. There is also a small grove of various other late blooming trees, where the blossoms have started to open up.

Heian Shrine
April 17, 2012 - full bloom (Weeping Cherries)

Currently at its best is the garden behind Heian Shrine whose main feature are a large number of late blooming weeping cherry trees. The blossoms still looked sturdy today, and if the weather cooperates many of them could make it into the upcoming weekend.

Maruyama Park
April 17, 2012 - beyond peak

I concluded this year's cherry blossom reporting from Western Japan with a visit to Maruyama Park. Here the season has clearly passed its peak as most blossoms and food stands have gone.

We will continue reporting from cherry blossom spots across eastern and northern Japan for several more weeks.

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List of Posts:
2012/05/09 - Sapporo Report
2012/05/08 - Hakodate Report
2012/05/07 - Hirosaki Report
2012/04/30 - Hirosaki Report
2012/04/29 - Kakunodate Report
2012/04/28 - Takizakura Report
2012/04/28 - Kitakami Report
2012/04/28 - Aizu Report
2012/04/28 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/04/25 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/04/25 - Sendai Report
2012/04/24 - Fukushima Report
2012/04/18 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/17 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/16 - Yoshino Report
2012/04/15 - Kanazawa Report
2012/04/15 - Tottori Report
2012/04/14 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/14 - Osaka Report
2012/04/14 - Himeji Report
2012/04/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/12 - Yokohama Report
2012/04/12 - Kamakura Report
2012/04/11 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/10 - Hiroshima Report
2012/04/09 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/09 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/07 - Osaka Report
2012/04/06 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/06 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/06 - Nagoya Report
2012/04/04 - Fukuoka Report
2012/04/03 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/03 - Kumamoto Report
2012/04/02 - Kagoshima Report
2012/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2012/03/31 - Tokyo Report
2012/03/22 - Tokyo Report
2012/03/15 - Tokyo Report