The popular blossoming of Sakura is a national event in Japan that flocks tourists from all over the world. However, the timing of the blooming is sometimes hard to predict due to the transience of the flower and unpredictability of nature.
It's important to distinguish the time when flowers start to bloom, kaika, from when they reach full bloom, mankai. If there's no bad weather, there are about seven days between these two moments and the flowers only bloom for about five or six days. So there is a maximum of two weeks between the flowers bloom and then fall from the trees.
Fortunately, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMC) conducts studies and statistics every year to provide an idea of a good time to visit if you want to enjoy cherry blossoms.
On January 23, 2020, JMC released its 2nd forecast of the dates when cherry blossoms will start to flower (kaika) and reach full bloom (mankai). JMC has estimated the flowering and full bloom dates for Somei Yoshino (Yoshino Cherry) trees in approximately 1,000 cherry blossom viewing locations in cities from Hokkaido to Kagoshima.
But the good news: with Japan extending over 3,000km from the north to the south, it's possible to admire the cherry blossoms from early March to early May. Not only that, but as there are over 100 varieties of cherry trees throughout Japan, if you're not after the most sought variety (somei yoshino), you will more than likely see the blossoming of at least one of the other species if you're traveling between early March and early or mid-May, depending on the region.
It is not too late to plan a trip for Cherry Blossom this year. We have the last 2 seats for Cherry Blossom Walking Tour starting from March 30, a unique and great way to enjoy Cherry Blossom. Please contact us for more information.
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