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The Japanese Cherry Blossom Season is Fully ON

The best time to visit Japan is in the spring. The cherry blossom season (or #sakura in Japanese) lasts from late March to mid-April, and it’s world famous. The shades of pink, white and red are beautifully washing the land all over Japan.

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The cherry blossoms usually start at the end of March from the south, in Kyushu, where the temperature begins to rise earlier, and the cherry blossoms bloom northward until early May in Hokkaido.

The sakura average blooming time can vary widely based on the geographical location within the country. Areas with milder winter climates produce earlier bloom times. Blooms usually open first in the southern region, and blooming progresses northward. Wind, rain, and temperature can cause the blossoms to appear either earlier or later than average and can lengthen or shorten the blooming season. The earliest sakura appears in tropical Okinawa in January, the last on the northernmost island of Hokkaido in early May.  Some of the best places to see this nature show are in Mount Yoshino, Fuji Five Lakes, Maruyama Park, Ueno Park,  Himeji Castle, Hirosaki Castle and Kioto, to list just a few most well known.

It seems like the cherry blossoms have burst incredibly early all over Japan this spring, and the peak of the season is underway in many cities across western and eastern Japan. In Tokyo, they reached full bloom on March 22, the second-earliest date on record, after 1953, according to Japan Forward. So no, climate change is not a hoax, and we should listen to the scientists. For more updates keep an eye on this guide going over everything you need to know about the sakura season 2021.

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, travelers will likely miss this year’s cherry blossoms in Japan. But Americans are lucky to have the Japanese cherry blossoms right here in Washington, D.C. Cherry blossom trees were planted in the U.S. capital in 1912 as a gift from Japan. Ever since, the American capital city has hosted its own Cherry Blossom Festival every year from late March to mid-April.