Cherry Blossom Viewing
Guide to cherry blossom viewing in Japan
When and where?
The air temperature is starting to rise, your eyes itch as pollen fills the air, and that golden ball of light makes its yearly debut - spring time is upon us once again! And that means Japan's cherry blossom viewing season is approaching rapidly!
Cherry blossom viewing can be quite tricky, as the blooming times of each region are different from each other. To the right you probably have already noticed the Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing Map. This should hopefully make it easier for you to plan your viewing trips! Keep in mind that these are predictions, and that they are also the dates for the first bloom. 'First bloom' is when the cherry blossom buds just start to open. The time between the first bloom and full bloom (80% of buds are fully bloomed) varies on temperature, but you can expect about a week between the first and full bloom. Blossoms remain in full bloom for approximately one week (depending on the weather).
Of course the map isn't very helpful in showing you the exact places to go, so here is a list of some of the most popular viewing locations: