Late-Blooming Cherry Blossoms Already in BloomNinna-ji Temple8 April 2013 - Sightseeing/Events
The best time has come to view "Omuro-zakura" or unique cherry blossoms at Ninna-ji Temple, headquarters of the Omuro School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism, in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto. Although the blossoms are well known as late bloomers, they came into full bloom on April 8, ten days earlier than last year. Visitors enjoyed the white blossoms in the warm spring weather.
Approximately 140 cherry trees in the precincts, which are traditionally said to have been planted in the early Edo Period, are designated as a National Scenic Beauty. As the trees are two to three meters in height, the blossoms can be appreciated from eye level. Research findings ascribe the lowness of the trees to a clay-rich stratum under the ground that prevents the roots from growing sufficiently.
A tourist from Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture, said, "Probably because the cherry blossoms were just in front of my eyes, I could smell the fragrance of the blossoms floating in the air." According to the temple, the best viewing will last until this weekend, around April 13. There is an admission fee.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)