The Hanami (花見) season, also known as the cherry blossom viewing, is one of the top reasons to visit Japan. Every year, many eagerly swarm to the Land of the Rising Sun to witness this majestic blossoming.
For those who’ve yet to tick this off the bucket list, we thought we’d give you a hand. After compiling previous cherry blossom forecasts, here’s where and when you can (hopefully) expect to catch 2017’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Season:
Where to go: Ruins of Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park, Uminonakamichi Seaside Park and Nishin Park.
Address: 1 Jonai, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0043, Japan
Where to go: Shinjuku Gyoen, Ueno Park and Chidorigafuchi.
Address: Shinjuku Gyoen: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan | Ueon Park: Japan, 〒110-0007 Tokyo, Taito, Uenokoen, ５−２０ | Chidorigafuchi: Japan, 東京都千代田区三番町
Where to go: Mount Yoshino and Nara Park.
Address: Nara Park: Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
Where to go: Hiroshima Peace Park and Miyajima.
Address: Hiroshima Peace Park Japan: 〒730-0811 Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Nakajimacho, 1丁目
Where to go: Philosopher’s Path, Maruyama Park and Heian Shrine.
Address: Maruyama Park: Maruyamacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0071, Japan | Heian Shrine: Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8341, Japan
Where to go: Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Osaka Castle and Osaka Mint Bureau.
Address: Kema Sakuranomiya Park: 2 Chome Nagarahigashi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 531-0063, Japan | Osaka Castle: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan | Osaka Mint Bureau: Japan, 〒530-0043 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Kita Ward, Tenma, 1−1−79
Where to go: Hirosaki Castle.
Address: 1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture 036-8356, Japan
Where to go: Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Shrine.
Address: Maruyama Park: Maruyamacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0071, Japan | Hokkaido Shrine: 474 Miyagaoka, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture 064-8505, Japan
Do bear in mind that since the weather is ever-changing, the above-mentioned dates serve as a gauge to help you plan your trip to Japan. You can visit the Japan Meteorological Agency for the latest updates.
Make 2017 the year you witness this beautiful season in all its glory!
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