Where and when to see the best cherry blossoms in Japan

In Japan, the cherry blossoms bloom in spring.

The blushing pink yoshino cherry trees – Japan’s most common type - is one of its major attractions as tourists flock to Japan to stand in awe of these natural beauties. 

Yet spring sprungs differently in each city and town in Japan as its climate is geo location dependent.  

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First blooms: Okinawa

Here, the subtropical climate of Japan's southern islands are so mild that blooms open and smile to happy travellers as early as January. 

 

Last blooms: Hokkaido

Go see them at:  Sapporo - Maruyama Park and Hokkaido-jingu shrine 

The northern island plays host to cherry blossom season much later than any other part of Japan, with blooms popping as late as May.  


And all those in between:

Some start to bloom at the end of March, but then only keeps its bloom until mid April. 

Tokyo

Go see them at: 

Ueno Park

Nakameguro 


Kyoto

Go see it at: Maruyama Park and Heian Jingu Shrine  

Mount Yoshino 

Japan Guide says that Mount Yoshino in Nara Prefecture has been one of the most (if not the most) famous cherry blossom viewing spot for many centuries. 

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Osaka

Go see them at: Chidorigafuchi Park and Inokashira Park 

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