See Heavenly pictures of Tokyo Japan in Full Cherry Blossom Bloom

See Heavenly pictures of Tokyo Japan in Full Cherry Blossom Bloom

In Tokyo, the saying “April showers bring May flowers“ is, well, not a saying at all. For them, March is the blossom-filled month. Over the past few days, the city has reached the peak of its cherry blossom bloom, an annual occurrence that blankets the city in captivating florals. It’s far from the only place in the country where this occurs—several cities, like Kyoto, also experience the scenic phenomenon—but the juxtaposition of Tokyo’s Blade Runner-esque vibe with that of delicate, dainty petals make it a particularly fascinating sight to behold. This year's bloom, which is said to be slightly earlier than normal, transformed the city into a pink and white wonderland. The last couple days, tourists and residents alike reveled in hanami, the Japanese custom for, roughly, enjoying the flowers. They stopped in the streets, enjoyed picnics in Ueno Park, and wandered the Imperial Palace grounds after a previously restricted area opened to the public.

One of the most wonderful and romantic parts of Hanami season

One of the most wonderful and romantic parts of Hanami season

However, cherry blossom (or sakura) season in Japan isn’t just a pretty time for pictures. It’s been an important influence on Japanese art and culture since at least the 8th century. Yet all good things must come to an end: the phenomenon only lasts a few weeks, until the petals float down from the trees, blanketing the ground in what some say resembles a floral snow. Thankfully, just as Tokyo’s cherry blossom peak wanes, another one begins: experts predict that Washington D.C will see its full flower power on April 8. That’s plenty of time to make a petal pilgrimage.

The cherry blossoms usually bloom in Tokyo in the last week of March and the first week of April.

The cherry blossoms usually bloom in Tokyo in the last week of March and the first week of April.

Beautiful cherry trees in full bloom in Tsuyama City

Beautiful cherry trees in full bloom in Tsuyama City

See ancient temples alongside modern architecture while experiencing the beauty of Japanese cherry blossom season.

See ancient temples alongside modern architecture while experiencing the beauty of Japanese cherry blossom season.

Springtime beauty blends with ancient history and cutting-edge culture. Japan seamlessly merges centuries-old history with a modern way of life. On this tour, hues of pink and aromatic scents fill city streets and lush parks as cherry blossoms bring new life to an already vibrant country. See ancient temples alongside modern architecture while experiencing the beauty celebrated each year during the Japanese cherry blossom season.

When Is Cherry Blossom Season In Tokyo

When Is Cherry Blossom Season In Tokyo

Average Opening and Full Bloom Dates in Tokyo In an average year, the cherry blossoms start blooming on 25 March in Tokyo. Then, they hit full bloom (known as “mankai” in Japanese) on 2 April in Tokyo. About a week after that, most of the blossoms have fallen off the trees.

Cherries Blossoms Are Unpredictable:

Cherries Blossoms Are Unpredictable:

The above dates are only averages. Depending upon the weather, the cherries can open a week or so earlier or later and hit full bloom any time in late March or early April. Thus, it’s REALLY hard to plan a trip around the cherry blossoms. The only way to be sure to see them in full bloom is to book a room in Tokyo from 25 March to 10 April, and who has the money or time to do that?

Cherries Vary From Year to Year:

Cherries Vary From Year to Year:

In some years, the cherries in Tokyo all start to open about the same time and then all seem to hit full bloom about the same time. In other years, there’s huge variation between trees, even in the same neighborhood. Needless to say, it’s glorious when the cherries are all in synch, but this is far from guaranteed.

Booking Accommodation During Cherry Blossom Season:

Booking Accommodation During Cherry Blossom Season:

Cherry blossom season is the peak tourist season in Japan and both Japanese and foreign tourists like to visit Tokyo during this time. Hotels can be fully booked during this season, so book as far in advance as possible, and expect to pay higher rates. Check Agoda.com and Booking.com for available hotel rooms in Tokyo or Kyoto.

Blossoms Are a Bonus:

Blossoms Are a Bonus:

To tell the truth, it’s hard to catch the cherry blossoms at their peak during a short trip to Japan. If you plan a short stay in Tokyo hoping to see the cherries at full bloom, you’re more than likely to be disappointed. Thus, I recommend that you consider the cherry blossoms to be a bonus. If you see them at their best, consider yourself lucky, but don’t make them the focus of your trip. Make Japan the focus of your trip and you won’t be disappointed.

Heading To Kyoto?

Heading To Kyoto?

There are some spectacular places to see the cherry blossoms in Kyoto too - see my Kyoto Cherry Blossom Viewing guide for full details about the best places to see the cherries in Kyoto and where to stay too.

Beauty of nature:

Beauty of nature:

Cherry Blossom has been the important part of Japanese culture for many centuries. There are numerous and diverse varieties of cherry trees in Japan, a large portion of which sprout for only several days in spring. Kyoto is among the best places to see cherry blooms in Japan. You can see cherry blooms in sprout all over Kyoto amid sakura season however there’s are a few specific spots which give dazzling cherry bloom displays. Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto by and large begins from last of March through to the middle of April. The following are the best spots to see cherry blossoms in Kyoto.

Tokyo Spring Itinerary – Cherry Blossom:

Tokyo Spring Itinerary – Cherry Blossom:

If Tokyo is in your travel bucket list, embark on a trip to this amazing city this spring. Possibly that would be the best way to discover Japan’s most wonderful and exciting time of the year. Without doubt, the emerging plum (ume) buds are a sure sign of spring! When cherry blossoms start to bloom, everything becomes so lively and the tranquility flows throughout the city. Seriously, if you want to have an unforgettable outdoor experience in Japan, I am urging you to pay a visit to Tokyo. It offers you everything to make your trip memorable with endless joys and wonders.

Sea of cherry blossoms, Meguro River.

Sea of cherry blossoms, Meguro River.

May I have your attention please?! Check out the 2018 Japan cherry blossom forecast and based on that start planning your trip. Please note that the best time to see cherry blossom in Tokyo is in early April. In fact, most of the hanami spots around the city look stunningly breathtaking at that time. Though in Tokyo, there are places that offer visitors to see early bloomers. Those of you who have decided to spend 3 days in Tokyo to see cherry blossom, you can get some ideas reading this suggested itinerary. Even If you don’t follow this itinerary fully, I am sure here you will figure out some very good & useful Tokyo travel guides. Let’s go and find out more!

A perfect weather for having Hanami picnic party at Yoyogi park:

A perfect weather for having Hanami picnic party at Yoyogi park:

Places of Interest: Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and Meguro River. The first day of your Tokyo trip should start with a visit to Yoyogi Park. It is one of the peaceful & tranquil parks you could visit in Tokyo, and especially famous for early morning stroll and bird watching. Although it is not as popular as Shinjuku Gyoen yet it is worth a visit when most of the sakura trees there reach at full bloom. Apart from that fact, there is a famous tourist spot known as Meiji Jingu Shrine, located adjacent to this park.

Torii gate of Meiji Shrine:

Torii gate of Meiji Shrine:

You would love to walk through here to the Meiji Shrine. Seriously your trip to Tokyo is not complete without a visit to this historical landmark. In Yoyogi Park, you can enjoy the outdoor spring atmosphere just by talking a stroll along the walking trails and viewing the delicate sakura you find nearby. Spend couple of hours before you head to Shinjuku Gyoen. Sakura and crowds at Shinjuku Gyoen.

Sakura and crowds at Shinjuku Gyoen:

Sakura and crowds at Shinjuku Gyoen:

Your next destination is Shinjuku Gyoen (a public park), one of the most famous & classic hanami spots in Tokyo. It is a crowded hanami spot; it does not matter anyway, because having hanami picnic parties underneath the cherry trees with crowds is absolutely a great wonder to discover. The most of the grounds of the park usually are taken by hanami picnickers, especially on the weekend during hanami peak season. Find a perfect space there (might be difficult if you are late) to sit on and have your lunch while enjoying the cheering atmosphere. Please note that the park is blessed with different varieties of sakura.

Nakameguro sakura at night.

Nakameguro sakura at night.

It is time to go to Nakameguro! I want you to discover this hanami spot at night because it looks incredibly awesome at that time. Many tourists prefer to go to see Meguro River cherry blossom during the daytime. If you are one of them, I would suggest you to pay a visit again to this astounding hanami spot in the evening. You will definitely experience a different atmosphere here at night when the cherry trees are lit up. In fact, the place is hugely popular for enjoying Yozakura. Please note that the famous Nakameguro Sakura Festival is held here in early April. You can enjoy the sakura illumination until 21:00.

Crowds at Ueno park to enjoy hanami!

 Crowds at Ueno park to enjoy hanami!

This is a massive public park (a great hanami spot in Tokyo) with so many things to see and do. For example you can visit Ueno Zoo, National Science Museum, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Bentendo, and Kiyomizu Kannon Temple. But what would impress you the most is the central walkway (sakura tunnel) of the park. You can stroll through the magnificent tunnel of flowering cherry trees lining the pathway.

Sumida park sakura!

 Sumida park sakura!

Sumida River is a few steps from Asakusa Station. So, if you walk for a while again you would reach this amazing riverside park. The park is located along the Sumida River. I think this place makes a great escape. Hundreds of sakura trees line both sides of the river and make you very excited to walk along the park’s walkways.

Variety of sakura at Hama Rikyu Garden.

Variety of sakura at Hama Rikyu Garden.

When your boat ride ends, you have to visit Hama Rikyu from the dock. Hama Rikyu is a very beautiful traditional Japanese landscape garden in Chūō ward, Tokyo. I adore the garden as it is well designed and maintained. You will find a nice cherry grove there and that is pretty wonderful to look at. Spending an hour here would be a great idea before heading towards Tokyo Tower.

Cherry Blossoms at Koishikawa Botanical Garden.

Cherry Blossoms at Koishikawa Botanical Garden.

Places of Interest: Koishikawa Botanical Garden, Koishikawa Korakuen, Yasukuni Shrine, Chidorigafuchi, and Ginza. Start your trip with a visit to Koishikawa Botanical Garden. It is open from 9:00am; try to get there exactly at 9 O’clock or 5-10 minutes before it opens. The botanical garden belongs to the University of Tokyo. It is home to approximately 4,000 species of plants including cherry trees, and also there you can find a lovely Japanese landscape garden. Unlike rest of the hanami spots you have experienced here in this post, Koishikawa botanical garden is less crowded. Spend 2 hours there!