Seeing the cherry blossoms in full bloom, also known as Hanami in Japan, is a long-standing tradition. Therefore, this is one of the biggest reasons why many international tourists choose to travel to Japan during the cherry blossom season (March and April). If you are planning to visit Japan in the spring, check out when you can see the cherry blossoms in full bloom as the best season will vary by location and year by year.
When do cherry blossoms bloom in Japan?
Cherry blossoms bloom for an extremely limited time: about half a month. In much of Japan, you can see the cherry blossoms in full bloom from March to early April. It’s difficult to predict exactly when is the best time to see the cherry blossoms because the blooming time depends on the season. climate conditions in the spring every year. However, you can make a general forecast depending on when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom in previous years.
Furthermore, there are many varieties of cherry blossoms, each of which blooms at slightly different times and lasts for a different length of time (most blooms for about 2 weeks). The earliest blooms usually appear in tropical Okinawa in January, the last bloom in the northernmost island of Hokkaido in early May. As for the main tourist destinations in Japan, from late March until late March. early April is a good time to see cherry blossoms.
The best time to go to Japan to experience Hanami
In recent years, high temperatures and unusual weather have caused flowers to bloom earlier and earlier.
Most of the popular tourist spots in Japan including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Mt.Fuji and Hakone have plenty of good spots to see the beautiful Japanese cherry blossoms. Some other iconic Hanami spots such as: Himeji Castle (Hyogo), Goryokaku Tower, Mount Yoshino (Yoshinoyama), Hirano-jinja Shrine, Matsumae Park (Hokkaido), Hirosaki Castle Park (Aomori), Shore north of Lake Kawaguchiko,…
To fully admire the Japanese cherry blossoms in perfect conditions, check the latest weather forecast right before your trip to Japan.
The cherry blossom season in Japan in 2023 is expected to be equal to the annual average or slightly later as temperatures in February remain low and not expected to be too high in March. The estimated first full bloom of cherry blossoms is March 21 in Tokyo, March 26 in Hiroshima, and March 28 in Osaka. The best time to see cherry blossoms (Hanami) is about a week later.
When is the best time to book a cherry blossom viewing vacation?
The cherry blossom season in Japan usually has the highest travel prices. For the best experience, book your tickets as soon as flights go on sale. In normal times self-sufficient travel in Japan is fairly straightforward, but cherry blossom season is an exception: hotel rooms can be scarce and prices skyrocket. So make a reservation at least 1 month in advance.