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Fujigoko Cherry Blossoms 2010 / Cool Japan

Fujigoko refers to the five lakes around the northern foot of Mt. Fuji: Yamanaka-ko, Kawaguchi-ko, Sai-ko, Shoji-ko, and Motosu-ko.
In ancient times, lava flow from volcanic eruption of Mt. Fuji spread across the area, damming up rivers and resulting in the formation of these lakes.
Introduce herewith Fujigoko Cherry Blossoms 2010. Please enjoy!!!
The Fuji Five Lakes is a popular spot to take pictures of cherry blossoms with Mount Fuji as a backdrop. Two of the best places to view the combination of flowers and mountain are at Chureito Pagoda and along the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.

Chureito Pagoda
April 14, 2010 - full bloom

As the cherry blossom season around Tokyo and Kyoto comes to a close, the Fuji Five Lakes area is just getting warmed up.
The blossoms opened at the end of last week and the last few days of fine weather has helped them to reach full bloom today. Our first stop of the morning took us to the Chureito Pagoda which stands on a hill looking out at Mount Fuji in the distance.

Chureito Pagoda

The cherry trees around the pagoda were at full bloom today and the grounds were busy with photographers looking to take advantage of what might be the only day of good weather this week. During the next few days it is expected to rain off and on until the weekend and hopefully the cherry blossoms will be able to survive.

Chureito Pagoda

Lake Kawaguchiko
April 14, 2010 - full bloom

The northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko offers the best views of Mount Fuji and there are many points along the water where lots of cherry trees have been planted. Some of the popular spots are near the northern end of the Kawaguchiko Ohashi Bridge and between the Kawaguchiko Art Museum and the Orgel Box Museum.

Mount Fuji from near the Kawaguchiko Ohashi Bridge

Both spots were somewhat crowded with photographers just like at the pagoda earlier, but there were plenty of blossoms, and the sky remained uncharacteristically clear rather late into the morning.

Mount Fuji from the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko

The cherry trees around the lake were at full bloom today and looked great. But as mentioned earlier, the weather is unfortunately supposed to turn cloudy with light rain until the weekend which may shorten the cherry blossom season in the Fuji Five Lakes area.

Lake Kawaguchiko

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By T.S. on Apr 24, 2010
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