Best time to visit Japan

Hanami Season

Enjoy the colorful sights of spring blossoms

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While the most popular spring flower blossom is sakura (late March–April), ume or plum blossoms (February–March) are also a beautiful sight to behold. Generally, you can get information on the best days of bloom from forecasts. However, hanami is not only about flowers, it is usually a time to get together with friends and family to enjoy a picnic and the changing weather.

Yoyogi Park hanami 2020
Yoyogi Park hanami
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Nothing can beat the view of the blooming trees with Mount Fuji on the backdrop. You can catch a glimpse of this quintessential postcard landscape at Lake Kawaguchiko or at Chureito Pagoda. The whole Fuji Five Lakes region looks amazing in the spring. Another scenic location is Mount Yoshinoyama(Nara Prefecture). Over 30,000 cherry trees make it a prime destination for the hanami season in the country. Divided into four areas with different trees and dozens of viewpoints, it takes days to explore. Historical Hirosaki Castle (Aomori Prefecture) features up to 3,000 cherry trees that you can enjoy from a boat or during a picnic. Another spot with a historical atmosphere is Takato Castle Park that is the premier spot in Nagano Prefecture.

Kyoto hanami. Nakaragi no Michi (Nakaragi Path) runs outside the Kyoto Botanical garden along the riverbank 2020
Kyoto hanami. Nakaragi no Michi (Nakaragi Path) runs outside the Kyoto Botanical garden along the riverbank
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Kyoto has quite a few scenic spots such as Imperial Palace Park, Philosopher's Path, Botanical Garden, and Maruyama Park. Most people gat​her in parks with food and drinks and enjoy the splendid beauty of spring.

Chidorigafuchi Green Way near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo 2020
Chidorigafuchi Green Way near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
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Hanami season in Tokyo area 2020
Hanami season in Tokyo area
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