As Singaporeans, we seize every break we can get to jet off for a getaway—no matter how short. The usual contenders being Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Japan. If you’re thinking of visiting the beloved land of ramen, then you might want to catch Japan’s Sakuras in all their blooming action. Here’s when and where you can do so, according to the latest flowering forecast by the Japan Meteorological Agency, accurate as of 23 January 2020.
If you’re beginning your travels in the nation’s capital, then you’re in for a treat. The flowering is slated to begin on 18 March, and the Sakuras should reach full bloom by 26 March. Some of the best viewing spots include:
While most flock to this part of town for its famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Forest and the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto offers much more to see as well. Here, the Sakuras will supposed start to bloom from 23 March, and can be caught in all their glory by the 1 April (and no, it’s not a joke). You can try your luck here:
Another extremely popular destination in Japan, Osaka is well-known and loved for its delicious offerings. While the city can be otherwise quiet, it’s nonetheless scenic, just as every other city in Japan is. The Sakuras supposedly reach full bloom by 2 April in the following areas:
Lastly, we have the idyllic island of Hokkaido, best known for its snow-capped mountains and dream-like atmosphere. The Sakuras in Sapporo apparently begin blooming slightly later, on 1 May, and will attain full bloom by 5 May. Some of the best viewing spots:
But ultimately, do bear in mind that as with all forecasts, the dates stated here are merely estimates and of course, there’s no sure way to guarantee its accuracy. To track live updates about the bloomings, you can download the Sakura Navi app via the App Store or Google Play. This way, you’ll be able to see the updates in real time—so brace yourself for any impromptu dashes to catch the beauties.
Date: 18 March – 5 May (estimated period)
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