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2014/04/23 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fujigoko

Rain claims casualties around Mount Fuji

Eight days after my last visit, I traveled to the Fuji Five Lakes area again to check out the situation of the cherry blossoms there. Along the way, I was guessing how the cherry trees would fare after a couple of wet days; I was pleased to find out that some of the popular spots still had great cherry blossom views.

The cherry blossom season has been progressing steadily northwards, and several cherry blossom destinations in the Tohoku Region are currently at their best. Raina is currently in the area to write about the situation there, so be sure to check out her reports on this page. If you are around the Kanto or Chubu Region and cannot afford the time to travel north, the Fuji Five Lakes area is one of the last locations where you can still enjoy the sakura.

Chureito Pagoda
April 23, 2014 - beyond peak

When I was here just slightly more than a week ago, the cherry blossoms were fresh and young, all ready to mature into their full glory. Well, time spares no blossom, and rain does no favors to their longevity either. Today's visit was a stark reminder of the evanescence of the sakura. In a day or two there will be more leaves than flowers on the branches, but still, come for nice views of Mount Fuji and the Chureito Pagoda.

Mount Fuji in the morning
Mount Fuji and Chureito Pagoda
Mount Fuji and Chureito Pagoda 2

Eastern Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko
April 23, 2014 - approaching full bloom (50-80%) (Yaebeni weeping cherry trees)
April 23, 2014 - petals starting to fall (Somei Yoshino)

For the Yaebeni weeping cherry trees at the eastern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko, their blossoms were nearing the full bloom stage in their circles of life. Many of the blossoms adorably "opened halfway", seemingly wanting to shine but at the same time feeling unsure due to last evening's rain. There were also a few Somei Yoshino trees standing here and there looking still pretty full with flowers - they seemed to have weathered the "storm". For up to a week, good views of cherry blossoms should remain here.

Soon to be in full bloom Yaebeni weeping cherry trees
Yaebeni weeping cherries
Somei Yoshino
The Angler

Ubuyagasaki Peninsula
April 23, 2014 - beyond peak

The recent showers also seemed to have taken its toll on the cherry trees around the Ubuyagasaki Peninsula, as the ground was plastered with fallen petals still moist with rain. A few trees at the neck of the peninsula still provided some pleasant sakura views; otherwise you'd just have to make do with the all-season beauty of the lake with Mount Fuji - on clear days - in the background.

One of the better trees
Blossoms on one of the better trees
Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji covered in clouds

Northern Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko
April 23, 2014 - full bloom

The lesson to take away is that if the cherry blossoms are in their absolute prime with sturdy petals attached when rain falls, they are less likely to face a premature end to their season. I think this was the case at the Northern Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko, where the cherry trees were still in good shape. Many visitors arrived this morning to enjoy the cherry blossoms and phlox moss in bloom. Great views can be expected here over the next three days or four days.

Cute clouds
Fellow visitor
Phlox moss about 50% in bloom

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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