It’s now definitely cherry blossom time in Japan!

close up photography of cherry blossom tree

The cherry blossom season in Japan typically begins in late March or early April, but this year it began a little earlier. The official start of the cherry blossom season was just declared by Japan.
Sakura, or cherry blossoms, are also known as sakura, and their blooming is a highly anticipated event in Japan that draws many visitors from all over the globe. Who doesn’t adore a world filled with gorgeous cherry blossoms?

People congregate in parks and other outdoor areas at this time for picnics and to take in the lovely pink and white blossoms. Hanami, the Japanese word for cherry blossom gazing, refers to this custom.

blooming sakura trees and canal with sailing boat in park
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Hanami is a time when people congregate in parks, gardens, and other outdoor areas with friends, family, and coworkers to enjoy picnics and take in the stunning cherry blooms.
Cherry blossom season typically features mild temperatures, lots of sunlight, and clear skies. It can also be erratic, with sporadic showers and strong winds that could cause the cherry blossoms to bloom earlier than expected.

river channel with floating boat located in park
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For anyone who enjoys both environment and culture, cherry blossom season in Japan is a must-experience event. It is a season that will never be forgotten because of the stunning cherry blossoms, the joyful atmosphere, and the rich cultural customs.

blooming sakura tree near observation tower on sunny day

There are many lovely places in Japan to observe cherry blossoms (hanami), but some places are slightly superior to others. For instance, animal enthusiasts frequent Tokyo’s Ueno Park and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Some other locations where you can enjoy hanami include Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture, Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture, and the Philosopher’s Way in Kyoto.

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