It’s Cherry Blossom Season In Japan. Here’s Where You Can See Them.
By Victoria M. Walker
If you’re in Japan during cherry blossom season, you might want to know when’s the best time to see the iconic flower. Now you’re in luck, as a Japanese forecast has predicted those dates.
The Japan Meteorological Corporation has released its forecast of the dates when cherry blossoms will start to flower and reach full bloom. It estimated the flowering and full bloom dates for Yoshino Cherry trees in approximately 1,000 viewing locations across the country.
Tokyo is expected to reach its forecasted flowering on March 22 and reach full bloom on March 29. Flowering in Sapporo, in the northern region of the country, is expected to begin May 1 and reach peak bloom on May 5.
According to the JMC, flowering and full bloom dates of cherry blossoms depend on temperatures from the previous years’ fall season while the cherry blossom buds are formed during the summer of the previous year.
An app called Sakura Navi, which is available in the App Store and Google Play, will notify users when they’re closer to cherry blossom viewing locations.
Now that you know when peak bloom is, where should you view the flowers?
The slope of Mount Yoshino offers some of the best viewing (which is called hanami in Japanese) spots in the country. It’s located in the Yoshino-Kumano National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It contains 30,000 trees of 200 varieties, according to blog Visit Nara, that bloom across the mountain.
There are several places to see the cherry blossoms in the Mount Fuji region, but Fuji 5 Lakes (Fujigoko) stands out. With its picturesque views at the base of the mountain, it’s a popular attraction for tourists and nature enthusiasts. The Five Lakes region is accessible by bus and rail from Tokyo, and the trip takes about an hour.
Victoria M. Walker
Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning multimedia journalist and full-time lecturer in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at her alma mater, Howard University. She was previously the breaking news and viral content video editor at The Washington Post.