The cherry blossom (sakura) is Japan’s unofficial national flower. Since olden times, cherry blossoms have captivated the hearts of the Japanese people. Visiting Japan during the cherry blossom season is a unforgettable experience. In the spring there is an explosion of color and festivities with the arrival of the cherry blossoms. The annual cherry blossom display is guaranteed to dazzle your senses. The traditional custom of “Hanami” – Cherry Blossom Viewing is to visit mountains and parks with cherry blossoms and hold sake-drinking parties under the cherry trees in full blossom.
Normally blooming begins in January in Okinawa, and somei yoshino cherry blossoms reach their peak in late March to April in Honshu region. In Hokkaido, cherry blossoms are in full blooms in May. However, it’s really difficult to predict cherry blossom opening dates in advance, and planning a trip at the right time is tough. Due to mild temperatures, the blossoms are forecast to open several days ahead of their average year’s schedule in most areas of Japan. There are hundreds of places to view cherry blossoms thru out Japan. March and April departures provide the once in a lifetime chance to see this natural wonder.
Cherry blossom blooming dates in major cities Forecasts by three major organisations There are three major organizations that forecast Sakura blooming dates. The best viewing time is about one week after the dates below. Note that the blooming time for kawazu sakura is not counted in the forecast.
|Japan Weather Association||Weather Map Co.||Weather News Inc.|
|Date of forecast||1st Feb||1st Feb||1st Feb|
|Tokyo||24th Mar||20th Mar||24th Mar|
|Nagoya||20th Mar||20th Mar||20th Mar|
|Kyoto||24th Mar||24th Mar||24th Mar|
|Osaka||25th Mar||25th Mar||24th Mar|
|Fukuoka||20th Mar||20th Mar||23rd Mar|
|Sapporo||1st May||1st May||3rd May|
Cherry Blossom Private Viewing Tours:
* Feast your eyes on beautiful cherry trees colonnade and enjoy Japanese sweets.
* Tours include: Private transportation, Private English Speaking Tour Guide and all entrance fees.
* For lunch your local guide will recommend a local restaurant depending on your interests.
** For a list of the top 10 Best places to view Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo please see our Blog:
Cherry Blossom Group Viewing Tours:
Mt Fuji, Cherry Blossom Tour with, All-you-can-eat Beef
& Pork Shabushabu Hot Pot
1 Day Tour Feb-Mar
Mt. Fuji Cherry Blossom tour with Strawberrie picking,
Suruga Bay Cruise, Pick-your-own Strawberries
1 Day Tour
Mt Fuji and Cherry Blossoms, Castle
Illuminations and Cherry Blossoms
1 Day Tour
Tokyo 7 Great Cherry Blossom Spots &
Sumida River Cherry Blossom Cruise
Cherry Blossoms in Kamakura Temples & Shrines,
Yokohama Sankeien Night Views & 3-Storey Tower
Mt Fuji Views, Sakura Cherry Blossoms,
Suruga Bay Boat Trip, All-you-can-eat Sushi
1 Day Tour
Nagano-Niigata 5 Great Cherry Blossom Spots,
Pick-your-own Strawberries, Buffet Dinner
2 Days Tour
From Mar- Apri
Handy & Affordable Kyoto 4-Day :
Sakura Cherry Blossoms, Temples, Shrines…
4 Days Tour
For more information, or to start customizing your own cherry blossom tour, please contact us.