Japan is one of my favorite countries worldwide, and after spending an entire month there, I long to return. I have really good Japanese family friends living in Japan that I consider family. So, when I got to Japan, it almost felt like I was coming home. On this trip to Japan, I got to stay with them for a month by myself (I was spoiled), and I made it JUST in time for cherry blossom season!
I was the happiest person on the planet because that particular year, the cherry blossoms fell later in the year, and it was just in the middle of it when I arrived. This is such a special time to go to Japan, and I feel so lucky to have gotten to experience it during cherry blossom season that I now want you to experience it!
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When is cherry blossom season in Japan?
Cherry blossom season typically starts in late March and can last until mid-May. In many parts of Japan, it will end in April. The actual full bloom of the flower on each tree usually will only last about 2 weeks. Before heading on your trip, make sure to do your research on when the blooming is predicted that particular year, so you don’t miss it! You can check cherry blossom forecasts here for more information on the best times to visit. Just remember that while visiting Japan during this time of year is spectacular, it can be very crowded in certain places.
Where to see the best cherry blossoms?
You won’t have an issue seeing the cherry blossoms as long as you go at the right time! Sakura can be found in over 1,000 locations all across Japan. Yoshino, Kansai, is one of the most famous places to view cherry trees because over 30,000 sakura cover the Kii Mountains and the town! A few other great spots to view them are at Himeji Castle, Hirosaki Castle, Tokyo, and in Kyoto. I personally loved seeing them in the city of Kyoto with the backdrop of ancient history in the town.