Cherry Blossom Report 2013
Official cherry blossom reports by

2013 Cherry Blossom Forecast - Schedule of upcoming reports - Popular cherry blossom spots
How to do hanami? - Cherry tree varieties - Post your own report

previous post
list all posts
next post

2013/04/10 - Mount Fuji Report
by scott

Mount Fuji and the Chureito Pagoda

It has been five days since our last visit to the the Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko) region at the base of Mount Fuji, during which time the cherry blossoms were still opening around Lake Kawaguchiko. In the meantime, the cherry trees have reached full bloom all around the lake and should remain enjoyable through early next week. That fortunately also coincides with some beautiful weather that was forcast for the next few days.

Chureito Pagoda
April 10, 2013 - full bloom

Today the road up to the Chureito Pagoda was closed off so we had to climb the steps up to the five story pagoda on the side of the mountain. The cherry trees planted along the slope and around the pagoda were at full bloom and looked nice, but we did notice that the blossoms seemed less voluminous than in previous years.

The cherry trees down around the entrance to the shrine at the base of the mountain also remained very nice today. They were more advanced than the blossoms higher up the mountain, and although they were starting to drop their petals they should still be nice to visit for a few more days.

Chureito Pagoda

The cherry trees around the pagoda were at full bloom

The trees along the stairs were at full bloom

The blossoms were beginning to fall around the entrance to the shrine at the base of the mountain

Ubuyagasaki Peninsula
April 10, 2013 - petals starting to fall

The trees around the Ubuyagasaki Peninsula at the northern end of the Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge tend to be slightly ahead of other parts of the lake and the blossoms there were just beginning to drop their petals. We were a little concerned because a storm passed through the area over the weekend, but it seems to have had little effect on the trees. The blossoms in the area still offered nice views of Mount Fuji in combination with the lake and flowers today, but I wouldn't expect it to last more than a few more days.

Just a short 5-10 minute walk away from the Ubuyagasaki Peninsula are the Yaebenishidare cherry trees along the eastern shore of the lake. They were at full bloom today and should remain at their peak into next week.

Ubuyagasaki Peninsula

The cherry blossoms around the Ubuyagasaki were beginning to lose petals

Ubuyagasaki Peninsula

The Yaebenishidare blossoms along the eastern shore have reached full bloom

Northern Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko
April 10, 2013 - full bloom

The cherry trees along the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko only just opened the other day, but they advanced much quicker than I expected and only took a few days to reach full bloom. They looked beautiful today and should remain at their peak for several more days. Unfortunately, it is extremely likely now that the blossoms will be gone by the time this area's annual cherry blossom festival starts on April 19, 2013.

Northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko

The blossoms reached full bloom very quickly

Cherry blossoms on the phlox moss (Shibazakura) under the trees

previous post
list all posts
next post

List of Posts:
2013/05/09 - Hakodate Report
2013/05/08 - Matsumae Report
2013/05/02 - Hirosaki Report
2013/05/01 - Kakunodate Report
2013/04/30 - Kitakami Report
2013/04/18 - Sendai Report
2013/04/17 - Takayama Report
2013/04/15 - Fukushima Report
2013/04/12 - Matsumoto Report
2013/04/11 - Kyoto Report
2013/04/10 - Mount Fuji Report
2013/04/10 - Hakone Report
2013/04/10 - Kanazawa Report
2013/04/09 - Yoshino Report
2013/04/08 - Kyoto Report
2013/04/08 - Tokyo Report
2013/04/05 - Mount Fuji Report
2013/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2013/04/04 - Gunma Report
2013/04/03 - Takamatsu Report
2013/04/02 - Osaka Report
2013/04/02 - Hiroshima Report
2013/04/01 - Tokyo Report
2013/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2013/03/29 - Tokyo Report
2013/03/28 - Gunma Report
2013/03/28 - Kyoto Report
2013/03/27 - Osaka Report
2013/03/27 - Fukuoka Report
2013/03/26 - Nagoya Report
2013/03/26 - Kamakura Report
2013/03/26 - Okayama Report
2013/03/25 - Tokyo Report
2013/03/24 - Kyoto Report
2013/03/23 - Kagoshima Report
2013/03/22 - Kumamoto Report
2013/03/21 - Tokyo Report
2013/03/21 - Fukuoka Report
2013/03/20 - Kyoto Report
2013/03/17 - Tokyo Report
2013/03/12 - Tokyo Report
2013/02/28 - Kawazu Report