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Season Summary
The blossoms started opening early in Tokyo, but subsequent cold temperatures pushed back full bloom to average or delayed timings in many parts of western and eastern Japan. Warm weather later in April sped up the season in northern Japan.
Tokyo best viewing:
April 2 - 10 (2017)
Kyoto best viewing:
April 7 - 15 (2017)

Sapporo: Full Bloom

This year’s cherry blossom season began in Tokyo six weeks ago and since then location after location has seen the blossoms come and go, with now even areas in the very north of the mainland seeing their seasons...

Hakodate: Full Bloom

It’s now six weeks since this year’s cherry blossom season kicked off in Tokyo, and now, after the blossoms have come and gone in the vast majority of the mainland, the season is getting well under way in the...

Matsumae: Full Bloom

With this year’s cherry blossom season having come to an end in all but the northernmost parts of Honshu, now Hokkaido takes center stage, with many locations on Japan’s rugged, northern island entering their best...

Hirosaki: Petals Starting To Fall

Squeezing in one more cherry blossom report from the Tohoku Region before the weekend, I visited Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture again three days after my last visit. The last time I reported that the mainstream...

Morioka: Petals Starting To Fall

Today, I headed to the capital city of Iwate Prefecture, Morioka to check out the cherry blossoms in the city. Full bloom (mankai) was announced on April 24, three days ago, but I found that the petals have started...

Kakunodate: Full Bloom

Today I headed to one of the Tohoku Region’s most famous cherry blossom spots, Kakunodate. The entire town has about 1500 cherry trees while the places I visited today, namely the Samurai District and the Hinokinai...

Hirosaki: Full Bloom

Continuing with our cherry blossom reporting in the Tohoku Region, I headed to Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture today. The castle is located in Hirosaki Park, and has over 2500 cherry trees of different varieties....

Aizu: Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season has begun to hit its peak stride in the Tohoku Region this week, with cities like Aizu Wakamatsu, Kitakami and Hirosaki having just reached full bloom.While the season has finished in...

Kitakami: Full Bloom

We kick off the new week continuing our reporting from the Tohoku Region. Joe visited both Sendai and Fukushima last week and you can read his reports here. Today, I visited Kitakami in Iwate Prefecture and found...

Mount Fuji: Full Bloom

With this year’s cherry blossom season all but over in many low and southern areas of Japan, now all eyes are on the country’s high and northern areas, of which many are approaching, if not already having entered,...

Matsumoto: Petals Starting To Fall

With this year’s cherry blossom season having largely come to an end in Japan’s more southern regions, now it is the northern and higher altitude portions of the country that take center stage, as many of them...

Fukushima: Petals Starting To Fall

The cherry blossom season is reaching its height this week in many spots throughout the Tohoku and Chubu Regions of Japan as the blossoms move their way north towards Hokkaido (due to reach best viewing in the first...

Kyoto: End of Season

Northern Japan’s Tohoku Region and the mountainous central Chubu Region are beginning to take the spotlight in this year’s cherry blossom season, as many locations in these areas approach full bloom while most of...

Sendai: Full Bloom

As the cherry blossom season is winding down in southern Japan and in Tokyo and Kyoto, the blossoms around central Japan’s mountainous Chubu Region and northern Tohoku Region are rapidly entering their best viewing...

Mount Fuji: Blossoms Opening

As we ease into mid April, the cherry blossom front line is heading towards the north and to places in higher elevations. The northern cities of Akita and Aomori in the Tohoku Region reported the opening of their...

Tokyo: End of Season

A new week and a new chapter for this year’s cherry blossoms, with various major viewing spots nearing or at the end of their sakura season. On the plus side, Japan’s higher and more northern locations are now coming...

Akagi: Full Bloom

While the best viewing period for cherry blossoms in Tokyo has passed, hope is certainly not lost for those still wanting to see some blossoms around the Kanto Region. Besides catching some of the late-blooming...

Tomioka: Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season is often seen as a time of new beginnings in Japan. This year, for the town of Tomioka in Fukushima Prefecture, both the symbol and the meaning couldn’t be more real.Six years ago on March...

Yoshino: Full Bloom

This year’s cherry blossom season has been developing nicely, with many spots in southern and central Japan already in full bloom and beyond. One spot that is traditionally later to develop however is the most famous...

Kyoto: Full Bloom

This year’s cherry blossom season is developing nicely with the majority of the major viewing spots in south and central Japan in full bloom and beyond. This being said, the focus for many sakura fanatics is now on...

Tokyo: Petals Starting To Fall

The 2017 cherry blossom season is well underway, with excitement now building for the opening of the blossoms in north and high places including Takayama and the Fuji Five Lakes region; both of which are predicted to...

Hiroshima: Petals Starting To Fall

Today, I headed back to Hiroshima, nine days after my last visit. The last time, the flowers were just opening, and today, they have reached their peak and the petals have started falling. Yesterday’s cool...

Himeji: Petals Starting To Fall

We are now in mid April, and almost all of the cities in the regions of Kyushu, Shikoku, Chugoku, Kinki, Chubu and Kanto reached full bloom (mankai). Today’s rain and strong winds would have caused the petals fall in...

Tokyo: Full Bloom

Last week and over the weekend, cherry blossoms all over southern and central Japan--from Kyushu as far north as Tokyo and Kanazawa--have reached full bloom, beginning the season’s peak week for many of the...

Kyoto: Full Bloom

With nearly every city in western Japan having declared their sakura season to be in full bloom (mankai), now we can only hope the pedals hold as long as possible to preserve the peak viewing conditions. Last Friday...

Yoshino: Blossoms Opening

Today, I head to Japan’s most famous cherry blossom spot, Mount Yoshinoyama in Nara Prefecture. There are about 30,000 cherry trees planted on the mountain slopes and many of them are of the Yamazakura variety.Rain...

Osaka: Full Bloom

Full bloom (mankai) in Osaka was announced on April 6, two days ago, and that was where i went today. Accordingly to the official announcement of mankai, the cherry trees I saw today were at their peak and very...

Kyoto: Full Bloom

The last time Sam was in Kyoto, he reported that the blossoms were opening. Today, three days after our last visit, full bloom (mankai) was officially announced in Kyoto. Rain is forecast for Saturday, but should...

Tokyo: Full Bloom

The 2017 cherry blossom season is moving along nicely, with multiple cities entering their best viewing periods in the past few days. Yesterday, Raina and myself reported from two such cities; Fukuoka and Nagoya, and...

Kamakura: Blossoms Opening

With all cities in western Japan having officially declared their 2017 sakura season open (kaika), now everyone is focused on when full bloom (mankai) will happen.Earlier this week Tokyo officially declared that it...

Iwakuni: Approaching Full Bloom

Moving eastwards from Fukuoka, I headed to Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The city is best known for its structurally unique Kintai-kyo Bridge. The opening of the first blossoms (kaika) at Kintai-kyo Bridge were...

Nagoya: Approaching Full Bloom

This past couple of days has seen a fair bit of development on the cherry blossom front, with Fukuoka and now Hiroshima following in Tokyo’s footsteps by entering their best cherry blossom viewing periods. Following...

Fukuoka: Approaching Full Bloom

Today, I returned to Fukuoka, three days after my last report there. As expected, many more blossoms have opened thanks to the warm temperatures and full bloom (mankai) was officially announced for the city today,...

Kyoto: Blossoms Opening

Kyoto’s cherry blossom season has recently commenced, with Raina keeping us informed of the sakura’s preliminary progress this past weekend. Since then, the city has seen warmer temperatures that are set to hold for...

Kumamoto: Blossoms Opening

Continuing with my tour of western Japan, I headed to Kumamoto on the west coast of Kyushu. The opening of the first blossoms (kaika) in Kumamoto was announced on April 1. I visited the popular cherry blossom viewing...

Tokyo: Blossoms Opening

In line with Sam’s predictions last Friday, this seems to be the week to see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo. After a relatively cold spring which seemed to delay the 2017 sakura season, finally temperatures are...

Hiroshima: Blossoms Opening

Today, I headed to Hiroshima to see how the cherry trees were faring a week after the cherry blossom season was declared open on March 27, on par with the average year. The blossoms seem to be progressing at a slower...

Fukuoka: Blossoms Opening

Today I found myself in Fukuoka, where the opening of the first blossoms (kaika) was announced on March 25. However cold temperatures in the days following the opening slowed down the progress of the blossoms opening....

Kyoto: About To Open

The official start for Kyoto’s cherry blossom season kicked off yesterday on March 31 as expected after the warm temperatures on March 30. The official opening is announced when five or more open blossoms are observed...

Tokyo: Blossoms Opening

Tokyo’s cherry blossom season has been an interesting one so far, having officially started ten days ago ahead of the rest of the country’s cities, but then, as Andrew reported earlier this week, stalling slightly due...

Kyoto: About To Open

With the cherry blossom season underway in the Kanto Region, I headed west to Kyoto to check out the cherry blossoms today. The highest temperatures for today in the Kansai Region were over 20 degrees Celsius in both...

Tokyo: Just Opened

Although Tokyo’s sakura season officially opened several days ahead of the rest of Japan, blossom develop seems to have temporarily stalled. Over the weekend temperatures were lower than average across the country...

Tokyo: Just Opened

Tokyo’s sakura season officially kicked off on March 21, five days earlier than average, and the earliest announcement of the opening of the first blossoms (kaika) in the country in the last five years..

Kumamoto: About To Open

Today, I took a trip to another city revered among blossom chasers and traditionally among the country’s first cities to see the opening of the cherry blossoms...