Travelers who want to see cherry blossoms in Japan will begin their journey by traveling to Japan during spring, which can be a wonderful experience. The Japanese tradition of Hanami which means ‘flower viewing’ is where people get together to have outdoor cherry blossom parties or picnics to enjoy this ancient tradition. The Japanese cherry blossom comes from the trees of genus Prunus, and while Japan has no named official national flower, the cherry blossom flower or Sakura is considered as the national flower of Japan – in addition to the chrysanthemum flower.
The time of the year to see cherry blossoms in Japan to experience cherry Blossom viewing (Hanami) season falls during springtime. However, dates of the season will depend on which part of Japan you are visiting and the weather conditions. The cherry blooming forecast also known as the ‘cherry blossom front’ is declared by Japan’s weather bureau - depending on which region you are visiting, the cherry blossom festival Japan 2017 dates will differ slightly either starting in early February in the main cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Whereas in Kyushu or Okinawa the cherry blossoms can start blooming in late March, and mid-March in Hokkaido.
The blooming of the cherry blossoms will generally last between 1 to 2 weeks which why those who are planning parties or picnics keep a close eye on the dates that have to be announced.
Some popular spots are listed below, but there is no shortage of parks and gardens in different cities to enjoy the tradition of Hanami and a good place can be found easily.
Ueno Park has been considered the best place to see cherry blossoms in Japan and it is common to see people gathered under the country's iconic Sakura (cherry blossoms) celebrating the Hanami tradition by having outdoor parties or picnics that sometimes go on until late night.
A beautiful botanical garden ideal for viewing cherry blossoms, there is also a traditional Japanese teahouse located inside the garden.
A highlight includes a weeping cherry tree that is lit up at night.
If you miss out on some of the popular spots pay a visit to Heian Shrine. The weeping cherry trees generally bloom a bit later compared to other places, but is still spectacular.
The Kohigan cherry trees are said to have been planted in 1875 and is one of the best places to view cherry blossoms.
One of the most famous places for cherry blossoms with nearly 30,000 trees in a beautiful location.
Taking a special cherry blossom tour can be an ideal way to experience the tradition of Hanami. During this season, there will be several tours on offer and itis common to see Sakura merchandise around too. A popular tour known as The Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan – Classic Route takes place every year with Hanami as the main focus with sightseeing, cuisine and popular attractions too.