Lonely Planet Writer

Tokyo shows signs of spring as Japan celebrates cherry blossom season

Tokyo is the latest spot in Japan to show the amazing signs of spring, and the proof is all over social media as locals and travellers document the height of cherry blossom season in the capital.

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People take photographs of a cherry tree in blossom on April 2, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. Image by Tomohiro Ohsumi / Getty Images

Regions around the country get to enjoy hanami – or cherry blossom viewing – at different points throughout the spring. Thankfully, the Japan Meteorological Corporation releases blossom forecasts regularly, keeping visitors updated on when and where they can catch the best glimpse of the ephemeral flowers.  

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The latest forecast was released on 30 March and found that while the bloom in Tokyo began on 21 March, the city was set to see its full bloom on 1 April. Naturally, people flocked to the city, filling social media with amazing images from spots like Ueno-kōen, one of the most popular places in the city to take in the blossoms.

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Since the bloom happens in different regions at different times, there is still plenty of time for travellers in Japan to catch a bloom. Kyoto and Osaka have already seen the blossoms begin to open, with their peak bloom days expected for 9 April.

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The northern island of Hokkaido will see a later bloom than other regions. The island’s capital of Sapporo is expecting its blossoming to begin on 1 May and hit its peak on 5 May.

Read the latest cherry blossom forecast here.

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