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When And Where To See The Cherry Blossoms In Japan In 2018

We know how much you like Japan. This amazing country is especially enchanting during the spring, when landscape comes to life with cherry blossoms. In Japan, hanami, or the tradition of observing spring flowers, is one of the most important cultural events of the year. Countless tourists flock to see the sakura, or cherry blossoms, and festivals, picnics, and other events all occur.

While the perfect cherry blossom dates are impossibly to know with absolute certainty, the Japanese Meteorological Center just released a forecast for optimal viewing days. Check below for an overview of when to visit different parts of Japan for your best chance to see the flowers.

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Each of these cities is listed alphabetically, and includes the best times to visit, as well as the best places to see gorgeous blossoms. 

1. Fukuoka

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 19 | Full bloom by March 27
  • Where To Go: Fukuoka Castle | Maizuru Park | Uminonakamichi Seaside Park | Atago Shrine

2. Fukushima

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 29 | Full bloom by April 4
  • Where To Go: Hanamiyama Park

3. Hiroshima

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 22 | Full bloom by March 28
  • Where To Go: Hiroshima Peace Park | Hiroshima Castle

4. Kanazawa

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 29 | Full bloom by April 3
  • Where To Go: Kanazawa Castle | Kenroku-en Garden

5. Kobe

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 23 | Full bloom by March 29
  • Where To Go: Egeyama Park | Gokoku Shrine

6. Kyoto

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 22 | Full bloom by March 28
  • Where To Go: Philosopher’s Path | Maruyama Park | Arashiyama | Nijo Castle | Daigoji Temple | Okazaki Canal

7. Matsuyama (Ehime)

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 19 | Full bloom by March 27
  • Where To Go: Matsuyama Castle | Dogo Park | Matsuyama Sogo Park

8. Nagoya

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 19 | Full bloom by March 27
  • Where To Go: Nagoya Castle | Yamazakigawa Riverside |Tsuruma Park | Nagoya Peace Park | Inuyama Castle

9. Nara

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 24 | Full bloom by March 29
  • Where To Go: Nara Park | Koriyama Castle

10. Osaka

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 20 | Full bloom by March 26
  • Where To Go: Osaka Castle | Kema Sakuranomiya Park

11. Sapporo

  • When To Visit: Flowering from April 28 | Full bloom by May 2
  • Where To Go: Maruyama Park | Hokkaido Shrine | Odori Park | Moerenuma Park

12. Tokyo

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 17 | Full bloom by March 24
  • Where To Go: Shinjuku Gyoen | Ueno Park | Chidorigafushi | Sumida Park | Yoyogi Park | Meguro River

13. Yokohama

  • When To Visit: Flowering from March 19 | Full bloom by March 27
  • Where To Go: Mitsuike Park | Sankeien Garden | Negishi Forest Park | Mitsuzawa Park

Remember that these forecasts and dates are subject to variation, so check the bulletin from the Japanese Meteorological Center to optimize your itinerary.