Bloom and Beautiful! Where to see Cherry Blossoms in Japan?

As Spring slowly approaches, most of Japan blossoms into harmonic hues of pink. Between March and May, Cherry Blossoms or Sakura, bloom and blossom across the geographical expanse of the country.

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Its most popular activity – the viewing of the Cherry Blossoms, locally known as Hanami is a deal made for every day of Spring. Hanami is best enjoyed at historical sites, shrines, and memorials or even better, in one of Japan’s many parks.

Here’s the Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2018* –

(Disclaimer: These predictions are based on past records and weather forecasts. They may be subject to change)

Fukuoka

One of Japan’s most scenic and popular destinations, the best thing about Hanami in Fukuoka is that the major viewing spots are open to all at zero cost.

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Best Viewing Spots –  Fukuoka Castle, Maizuru Park, Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Atago Shrine
Viewing Period Forecast – Between 25th March and 10th April (Approx.)

Hokkaido

Approximately 10,000 cherry trees of more than 250 different kinds can be found in Hokkaido. Even in your wildest imagination, you cannot imagine the beauty of this region during the peak season.

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Best Viewing Spots – Maruyama Park, Hokkaido Shrine, Moerenuma Park
Viewing Period Forecast – Between 27th April to 5th May (Approx.)

Fukushima

Much less crowded than the other destinations, you can really take your time and pleasurably bask in the beauty of the beautiful scenery.

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Best Viewing Spots – Hanamiyama Park
Viewing Period Forecast – Between 6th and 28th April (Approx.)

Hiroshima

This historic city is one of the best places in Japan for Hanami. Do not pass it by!

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Best Viewing Spots – Hiroshima Peace Park, Hiroshima Castle
Viewing Period Forecast – Between 27th March and 15th April (Approx.)

Kyoto

Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is the most photogenic city during the bloom of the Cherry Blossoms. It is also the most crowded!

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Best Viewing Spots – Philosopher’s Path, Maruyama Park, Shinto Heian Shrine, Kamogawa River
Viewing Period Forecast – Between 31st March and 15th April (Approx.)

Nara

Watching the Cherry Blossoms in Nara can be quite a gamble. Some years, they appear for only a few days and some years, they extend their stay for more than a month.

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Best Viewing Spots – Nara Park, Koriyama Castle Ruins
Viewing Period Forecast – Between 3rd and 15th April (Approx.)

Are you planning a visit to picturesque Japan this spring season?