It’s almost time to plan your trip for cherry blossoms in Japan!
Many countries around the world have cherry blossoms but when you think of Japan, the two images that pop to your mind are Mt. Fuji & cherry blossoms, isn’t it?
The time of the year that everyone in Japan is waiting for with bated breath: Spring brings with it warmth and the delicate elegance of the pink blossom. Are you ready for sakura?
Spring is almost here so let’s gear up and gather all the information necessary for your trip to Japan.
We have created six regional guides with our recommended spots for cherry blossoms to make your life easy. You can click on individual regions and get further details on the spots including access information and best times to visit.
Six regions of Japan
If you’re not quite sure of the geography of Japan, don’t worry! We have divided this article into six regions covering everything from the north to south:
Tokyo Metropolitan Area, Tohoku & Hokuriku, Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido, Kyushu
Live updates from three websites and easy-to-use Google Maps
The amount of information about places to visit for cherry blossoms can be overwhelming. We’ve provided marked google map links for each region as well as links for three websites that provide updated information on bloom forecast and status. Time to gear up for cherry blossoms in 2019!
Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Ueno Park, Rikugien, Sumida Park, Showa Memorial Park, Meguro River, Mori Garden, Nippon Budokan, Koishikawa Korakuen
Tohoku and Hokuriku
Takada Park (Niigata Prefecture), Shiroishigawa-tsutsumi Hitome Senbonzakura (Miyagi Prefecture), Funaoka Castle Park (Miyagi Prefecture), Kitakami Tenshochi (Iwate Prefecture), Kakunodate (Akita Prefecture), Hirosaki Park (Aomori Prefecture)
Expo Commemoration Park, Japan Mint: Arch of Cherry Blossoms, Osaka Castle Park
Arashiyama, Heian Shrine, Daigo-ji, Nijo Castle, Kurama-dera, Philosopher’s Path, Kodai-ji
Goryokaku Park, Hokkaido Shrine, Matsumae Park
Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto Prefecture), Saitobaru Burial Mounds (Miyazaki Prefecture), Maizuru Park (Fukuoka Prefecture), Nishi Park (Fukuoka Prefecture)
(This feature was originally written in 2018. The forecast dates have been updated to 2019.)