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2014/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fujigoko

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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List of Posts:
2014/05/09 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hakodate
2014/05/08 - Cherry Blossom Report: Matsumae
2014/04/23 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fujigoko
2014/04/17 - Cherry Blossom Report: Takato
2014/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fujigoko
2014/04/11 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2014/04/10 - Cherry Blossom Report: Yoshino
2014/04/09 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hikone
2014/04/08 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2014/04/05 - Cherry Blossom Report: Matsuyama
2014/04/03 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fukuoka
2014/04/02 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kumamoto
2014/04/01 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2014/03/06 - Shopping around Northern Osaka
2014/01/23 - Nikko in Winter

2013/12/31 - Sean's Travel Highlights 2013
2013/12/06 - Kamakura Report
2013/11/26 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2013/11/19 - Korankei Report
2013/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/11 - Sakurayama Report
2013/11/08 - Karuizawa Report
2013/10/29 - Nikko Report
2013/10/18 - Nasu Report
2013/10/17 - Nikko Report
2013/10/14 - Mount Fuji Report
2013/10/10 - Oze Report
2013/09/27 - Alpine Route Report
2013/09/13 - Nakanojo Biennale 2013
2013/08/07 - Exploring Tokyo 2: Around the Tokyo Imperial Palace
2013/05/20 - Tottori Sand Museum 2013
2013/05/07 - Fuji Shibazakura Festival
2013/05/02 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hirosaki
2013/05/01 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kakunodate
2013/04/30 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kitakami
2013/04/23 - Northern Kanto Flower Report
2013/04/17 - Cherry Blossom Report: Takayama
2013/04/12 - Cherry Blossom Report: Matsumoto
2013/04/11 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2013/04/10 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kanazawa
2013/04/09 - Cherry Blossom Report: Yoshino
2013/04/08 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2013/04/04 - Cherry Blossom Report: Gunma
2013/04/02 - Cherry Blossom Report: Osaka
2013/04/01 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2013/03/31 - Visiting Shodoshima for the Setouchi Triennale 2013
2013/03/28 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2013/03/27 - Cherry Blossom Report: Osaka
2013/03/26 - Cherry Blossom Report: Nagoya
2013/03/25 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2013/03/21 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2013/03/12 - Tokyo Early Cherry Blossom Report
2013/02/17 - Tokamachi Snow Festival
2013/02/16 - Zao Snow Monster Report
2013/02/15 - Yokote Kamakura Festival
2013/01/10 - Winter Visit to Manza Onsen
2013/01/02 - Tokyo New Year Report

2012/12/31 - Sean's Travel Highlights 2012
2012/12/11 - Autumn Color Report: Tokyo
2012/11/26 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2012/11/25 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2012/11/21 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2012/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Takaosan
2012/11/16 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2012/11/15 - Autumn Color Report: Shosenkyo
2012/11/07 - Autumn Color Report: Yamadera
2012/11/06 - Autumn Color Report: Naruko
2012/11/05 - Autumn Color Report: Hiraizumi
2012/11/01 - Autumn Color Report: Kuju
2012/10/26 - Autumn Color Report: Minakami
2012/10/24 - Autumn Color Report: Nikko
2012/10/16 - Autumn Color Report: Norikura
2012/10/12 - Autumn Color Report: Oze
2012/10/09 - Autumn Color Report: Nikko
2012/10/05 - Autumn Color Report: Route 292
2012/09/28 - Autumn Color Report: Kurodake
2012/09/27 - Autumn Color Report: Kogen Onsen
2012/09/26 - Autumn Color Report: Asahidake
2012/09/17 - Exploring Tokyo: Gate Bridge
2012/08/20 - Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2012
2012/06/27 - Hiking at Mount Azuma
2012/06/18 - Legoland Discovery Center opens in Odaiba
2012/06/18 - Hydrangea Flowers in Kamakura
2012/06/04 - Tokyo Skytree
2012/05/09 - Cherry Blossom Report: Sapporo
2012/05/08 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hakodate
2012/05/07 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hirosaki
2012/04/30 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hirosaki
2012/04/29 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kakunodate
2012/04/28 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kitakami
2012/04/28 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hiraizumi
2012/04/25 - Cherry Blossom Report: Sendai
2012/04/24 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fukushima
2012/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kanazawa
2012/04/14 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2012/04/11 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2012/04/10 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hiroshima
2012/04/09 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2012/04/07 - Cherry Blossom Report: Osaka
2012/04/06 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2012/04/04 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fukuoka
2012/04/03 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kumamoto
2012/04/02 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kagoshima
2012/03/22 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2012/03/08 - Plum Blossom Report from Kairakuen, Mito
2012/03/07 - Trip to Iwaki, Fukushima
2012/02/21 - Plum Blossom Report from Tokyo
2012/01/30 - Skiing in Inawashiro, Fukushima
2012/01/27 - Kusatsu Hot Springs