Every year in Japan, the Sakura tree’s Cherry Blossoms come into bloom. It is such an important event in Japan, that the Japanese Meteorological Agency even gets involved! The blossoming begins in the south around Okinawa in January . As spring like weather slowly moves northward, the flowering cherry blossoms typically reaches Tokyo at the end of March or the beginning of April. There are festivals and picnics held across the country in temples and in parks by most of the inhabitants during the short window the cherry blossoms are in bloom. This centuries old practice is known as “Hanami”. For a real adventure, you can plan loosely plan your route to be around the cherry blossoms* as they work their way up across the whole country. This photo was taken just outside of Tokyo, in the city of Nikko.*Please Note: If planning your trip based around the cherry blossoms, you must be flexible. As with anything to do with the weather, dates are subject to change.
Cherry Blossoms in Japan
About the Author: Ian Ord
From a young age, Ian was always a wanderer. He's since travelled to all 7 continents, and has spent the majority of his life pursuing this passion. Follow him in his off-the-beaten-path adventures and discoveries!
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