Cherry Blossom in Japan

For centuries, the cherry blossom tree has been at the center of Japanese art and literature, inspiring some of the nation’s most beloved paintings and poetry. More than just a tree, the Japanese cherry blossom is viewed as a symbol of fleeting beauty, since it only blooms for a limited time once a year. Today, people travel across the globe in the hope of catching a glimpse of the famous cherry blossom in Japan that surrounds the country’s most renowned temples and parks. Since the Heian Period in 794, viewing the Japanese cherry blossom tree has always been a local tradition and it continues to offer some of the most romantic views in the world.

When Is Cherry Blossom Season in Japan?

the famous cherry blossom in Japan’s

So, when do cherry blossoms bloom in Japan? Cherry blossom in Japan only occurs in spring when the trees reach full bloom. This spectacular display usually happens in early April and only lasts two weeks – one week before reaching full bloom and one week after. The cherry blossom bloom depends entirely on the climate and region, so arriving at the correct moment can be difficult. To have the best chance of experiencing the cherry blossom season, review the following information.

Kyoto Cherry Blossom

The historical city of Kyoto happens to be one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing destinations in Japan. This is due to the large number of cherry blossom trees which are planted in the city’s beautiful landmarks. The trees in Kyoto line almost every street, meaning that when it is timed right, you are guaranteed to experience the bloom at its very best. In Kyoto, the blossom generally begins to open in the final week of March and reaches full bloom in the first week of April. To ensure you hit the best cherry blossom viewing spots, join a Kyoto guided tour and let the expert guide show you the way.

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Kobe, Nara, Osaka

The cities of Nara, Kobe, and Osaka are close to Kyoto and follow the same timings. They see slightly fewer tourists around this time and can easily be reached within a couple of hours from Kyoto.

Sapporo

For those who do not make the display in time, then Sapporo is the perfect choice. Located at the northern tip of Japan, Sapporo’s cold mountainous climate means the cherry blossom doesn’t usually appear here until the first week of May.

Tokyo Cherry Blossom

Despite being covered in towering skyscrapers, Tokyo is also home to many beautiful Japanese gardens. Cherry blossom usually reaches full bloom in the very first days of April. Remember that the city sees many foreign visitors at this time of year. For this reason, try to visit temples and shrines as early as possible to avoid lines. Alternatively, book a Tokyo guided tour in advance and ensure you will see the city’s highlights with an expert insider.

Any Tokyo travel guide will tell you that Chidorigafuchi Moat, beside the Imperial Palace, is one of the most picturesque places in Tokyo during full bloom. Here visitors can absorb the beauty of the cherry blossom trees while relaxing on a boat trip along the water.

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Cherry Blossom in Tokyo

How To Follow The Bloom

Cherry blossom forecasts are helpful for those who wish to see the cherry blossom in full bloom and have no date restrictions. This forecast indicates when and where a tree has begun to bloom. As the bloom only lasts for a short period, this option is probably best if you are already in Japan and are happy to chase the bloom. This can be an exciting way to find the cherry blossom while uncovering some lesser-known destinations. Check out the cherry blossom forecast 2024 below.

Traveling During Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

During the two weeks that the cherry blossom is visible, Japan experiences a record number of visitors. Hotels in Kyoto and other popular cities become fully booked well in advance. This period is also a very expensive time to visit, particularly in the Kyoto area. The best advice we can offer is to book at least six months in advance to ensure that you secure the most affordable Japan hotels.

As this is such a busy season, train tickets can also be difficult to find on the day of travel. Always try to book tickets in advance or visit the train station as early in the morning as possible. Happy blossom hunting!

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