by Sean, staff writer of japan-guide.com
2012/04/28 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hiraizumi
Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture became recognized as a Unesco World Heritage just last year. Today, I have the privilege to visit the culturally important properties of Chusonji Temple and Motsuji Temple. While neither of these world heritage sites are known to be great cherry blossom viewing spots, the main road which connects Chusonji to Hiraizumi Station is lined with rows of cherry trees which provide pretty nice views.
April 28, 2012 - Full bloom
I found the cherry blossoms here to have seemingly just reached their peak: the trees look full and beautiful, but if you look closely enough there are still some buds which have yet to open. With the warm weather today however, I am sure all the buds will blossom before long.
The weather forecast has predicted fine weather over the next few days, which is great news for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) goers during the weekend and the Golden Week. I am expecting peak period to last here for about a week.