When is Cherry Blossom Season in Japan?

When is cherry blossom season in 2021?

Cherry blossom season begins first in the Southern part of Japan and progresses Northward. It generally begins at the end of March or at the beginning of April. Cherry blossom season in Southern, Western and centre of Japan including major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Nara and so on, generally begins at the end of March or at the beginning of April. However, the cherry blossom season in Northern part of Japan including major cities such as Sapporo, Sendai, Fukushima and so on begins in mid-April or the beginning of May. Although it is rare, in few places may start as early as in January.

Refer to 2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast Japan for more flowering and full bloom dates of a list of cities in Japan.

Where are the popular spots for cherry blossom viewing in Japan?

Refer to:
Top 20 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo: Top 10 Spots

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto: Top 10 Spots

Cherry Blossoms in Hokkaido: Top 10 Spots

What does hanami means?

Hana (花) means flower, mi (見) means see. Hanami literally means flower viewing. During Nara period, the “flower” means plum blossom and bush clover. Starting Heian period, the “flower” almost always means cherry blossoms or plum blossoms.

What is cherry blossom in Japanese?

Cherry blossom is called sakura (桜) in Japanese.

What should I prepare to take part in hanami events?

Choose a spot, check the opening hours of the place, bring your own picnic mat, some snacks and drinks, then enjoy!

How can I book a cherry blossom tour?

You may book the tours through the links below:

1. Tokyo Top 4 Sakura Viewing Spots Day Tour & Buffet Lunch

2. Tokyo German Village Sakura Viewing, Strawberry Picking, and Kisarazu Outlet Day Trip from Tokyo

3. Tokyo Cherry Blossom Walking Tour with Night Cruise

4. Cherry Blossom Tour with All-You-Can-Eat Strawberry Picking Experience in Tokyo

5. Kawazu-zakura Joren Falls & Nanohana Tour from Tokyo with All-You-Can-Eat Strawberry Picking

6. Mt. Fuji, Oshino Hakkai and Lake Kawaguchi Day Tour with Matcha Experience from Tokyo

7. Watarase Valley Railway, Sakura Tunnel, and Akagi South Senbonzakura Day Tour


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