2018 Hanami Guide
Japan's cherry blossom season is getting underway for 2018, with the main sakura bloom expected to start around March 25th in southern Kyushu before slowly gravitating north. Full bloom is expected to hit Kyoto and Tokyo around April 1st–11th. Plan the perfect trip around these sakura dates and experience the arrival of spring in spectacular style!
|Tokyo||March 17||March 24|
|Kyoto||March 22||March 31|
|Osaka||March 21||March 30|
|Nara||March 24||March 30|
|Nagoya||March 19||March 29|
|Hiroshima||March 23||March 31|
|Kagoshima||March 17||March 27|
|Yokohama||March 19||March 26|
|Kanazawa||April 1||April 5|
|Kumamoto||March 17||March 25|
|Fukuoka||March 19||March 27|
|Nagano||April 7||April 12|
Source: Japan National Tourism Organization Note: The forecast is subject to change due to weather conditions. *Dates in italics indicate blossoms have bloomed.
Hanami, literally "flower viewing", is the tradition of visiting and admiring the cherry and plum blossom between March and May each year.
In reality, that means picnics and parties under the trees, as people flock to the cherry blossom, or sakura, hotspots to take advantage of the warmer weather that marks the coming of Spring. More >
One of the most widespread and recognised varieties, with its pale white/pink flower. Some of the oldest trees are native to Hirosaki, Aomori.
A wild variety which grows commonly around Japan, it is known for its light pink hue and 5 small petals. It can live for a very long time.
This weeping cherry tree is a great sight to behold and are typically hundreds of years old. Known for their unique drooping branches, Shidarezakura typically blooms from late March.
Kawazu cherry blossoms begin blooming earlier, last longer, and are graced with a vibrant pink hue – visit the Kawazu Sakura Festival in Izu for the best experience!
Large blossoms with intricate and multiple layers of petals make the yaezakura cherry blossom a unique spectacle, which begin to bloom from about mid-April each year.
Pale, small pink blossoms known for their dignified beauty. The Edo-higan trees bloom around the spring equinox on March 21st, and have a long life span up to 2,000 years.
Literally 'lawn cherry blossom', the Moss Pink/Phlox is not technically a cherry blossom variety but blooms around April/May and has a similar appearence to cherry blossom.
More prominent in tropical climates such as Okinawa, the Kanhizakura cherry tree blooms fairly early with a distinctive dark pink/scarlet red bell-shaped flower.