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2014/04/15 - Mount Fuji Report
by sean

Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge and Mount Fuji

Today, I visited the Fuji Five Lakes area (Lake Kawaguchiko in particular) to check out its popular cherry blossom spots. It was the first time I got to see Mount Fuji from a close distance since it received its Unesco World Heritage status in June last year.

Cherry trees in the Fuji Five Lakes area typically flower between one to two weeks after those in Tokyo, so for those who have arrived in the capital too late for the sakura season there, you might consider a trip to the Fuji Five Lakes. Overall, the cherry blossoms in the area still had lots of room for improvement when I visited earlier today, though many of the buds were already in a mature phase. The following two days are predicted to be sunny, and they should provide the warmth needed to encourage most of the blossoms to burst into life.

Chureito Pagoda
April 15, 2014 - approaching full bloom (50-80%)

I arrived at the Chureito Pagoda in the early morning, slightly surprised at how full the cherry trees already were. I estimated that they were at the three quarters mark, which means by the end of this warm day they might have already reached their peak. About two dozen photographers turned up northeast of the pagoda, pointing their cameras southwest in order to take the popular picture of the pagoda with Mount Fuji in the backdrop.

Chureito Pagoda and Mount Fuji

State of cherry blossoms

Nice view

Please bear with the flare

Morning exercise

Eastern Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko
April 15, 2014 - still closed (Yaebeni weeping cherry trees)

Lining the eastern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko are many Yaebeni weeping cherry trees. These cherry trees usually flower a few days after the mainstream Somei Yoshino cherry trees. This morning, I wasn't able to spot any open blossoms here, but I think with the warm temperatures today, the cherry blossoms will start opening latest by tomorrow.

Eastern Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko

Buds not open yet

Ubuyagasaki Peninsula
April 15, 2014 - opening (10-50%)

Moving north, I stopped at the Ubuyagasaki Peninsula, where there are only a few cherry trees (with sparse branches). However, these trees are strategically located in relation to the lake and Mount Fuji in the background, thereby making this a popular photo-taking spot. Today, the cherry trees here were at about the halfway mark, and they should reach their best by around Thursday.

I challenge you to say "Ubuyagasaki" ten times in a row

Blossoms and Mount Fuji

The cowboy

Northern Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko
April 15, 2014 - opening (10-50%)

I proceeded on to the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko, where there was a larger concentration of cherry trees. In contrast to the situation at the Chureito Pagoda, the cherry blossoms here have barely opened, and I think they will take another two to three days of conducive warm weather before they will reach their best.

Northern Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko (Some phlox moss were in bloom)

Close up on some blossoms

Many people were cycling this morning

I concluded the day's tour with a visit to the Shiraito Falls, located in the southwestern foothills of Mount Fuji. When I visited last year, renovation works were going on in the area and I could only see the falls from above. Now, the renovations have been completed and visitors can walk up to the falls for a closer look.

Shiraito Falls

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2014/05/09 - Hakodate Report
2014/05/08 - Matsumae Report
2014/05/01 - Hirosaki Report
2014/04/30 - Kakunodate Report
2014/04/24 - Kitakami Report
2014/04/23 - Mt. Fuji Report
2014/04/23 - Morioka Report
2014/04/22 - Aizu Report
2014/04/19 - Matsushima Report
2014/04/17 - Takato Report
2014/04/16 - Sendai Report
2014/04/16 - Matsumoto Report
2014/04/15 - Fukushima Report
2014/04/15 - Mount Fuji Report
2014/04/15 - Kyoto Report
2014/04/14 - Yoshino Report
2014/04/13 - Osaka Report
2014/04/12 - Kanazawa Report
2014/04/11 - Kyoto Report
2014/04/10 - Yoshino Report
2014/04/10 - Tokyo Report
2014/04/09 - Gunma Report
2014/04/09 - Hikone Report
2014/04/08 - Kyoto Report
2014/04/07 - Tokyo Report
2014/04/06 - Kyoto Report
2014/04/05 - Hiroshima Report
2014/04/05 - Matsuyama Report
2014/04/04 - Tokyo Report
2014/04/04 - Kamakura Report
2014/04/04 - Osaka Report
2014/04/03 - Kyoto Report
2014/04/03 - Fukuoka Report
2014/04/03 - Uji Report
2014/04/02 - Tokyo Report
2014/04/02 - Nagoya Report
2014/04/02 - Kumamoto Report
2014/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2014/03/31 - Tokyo Report
2014/03/29 - Kyoto Report
2014/03/28 - Kumamoto Report
2014/03/27 - Fukuoka Report
2014/03/26 - Tokyo Report
2014/03/25 - Kyoto Report