Cherry blossom season is forecasted to arrive early, so here’s a guide to the blossom dates in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and beyond for your 2019 Japan Spring getaway.
LATEST – The Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) has just released a forecast for the upcoming cherry blossom season. Cherry trees are expected be in full bloom in Tokyo and Fukuoka on March 29, Kyoto on April 2, Osaka on April 3, Sendai on April 14 , and Sapporo on May 8.
What are Cherry Blossoms?
Cherry blossoms, also known as sakura, symbolise spring and a time of renewal. Parks, gardens, and bushes will be engulfed in fleeting pink and white for only a short two weeks!
Japanese families and tourists eagerly await this season to partake in Hanami, the tradition of viewing cherry blossoms, as many relish the beauty with picnics beneath the sea of sakuras.
When can I view Cherry Blossoms?
Here’s the first full forecast of the cherry blossom season for 2019 in Japan.
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JMC forecasts the flowering and full bloom dates for each area based on low temperatures during autumn and winter, cherry tree growth status, cumulative temperatures, and past data for each area. Full bloom occurs 5 to 7 days after the first bloom, and petals start to fall 7 days after full bloom. These viewing times may be shortened due to unpredictable weather such as wind and rain.
What else can I expect from the Cherry Blossom season?
During this momentary season, Japan transforms into sakura themes where many restaurants and cafes dish out cherry blossom flavoured dishes, mostly desserts and drinks.
Starbucks will also roll out their limited edition and widely-popular Japan Sakura Collection. Immerse yourself in the world of pink – eat, drink, and shop everything sakura during this once-a-year event!
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