Cherry blossoms known in Japanese as ‘Sakura’ have dazzled the world for centuries and continue to excite both visitors and locals. With their radiant, delicate beauty, the sea of soft pink flowers have romanced the Japanese for years - they even have a word to symbolise heading outdoors to appreciate them – ‘Hanami’ which translates to ‘looking at flowers’.
A symbol of renewal and hope, cherry blossoms have powerful ties to Japan’s history, culture and identity. With over 200 different varieties, the wave of pink, which sweeps the country in March announces the arrival of spring, symbolising human life, transience and honour.
Across Japan’s diverse landscape, the magical moment of blooming occurs from March to April starting in the sub-tropical south of Tokyo and Kyoto around the first week of April (timing can vary depending on the weather). Once in full bloom the Japanese love to celebrate and cherish the season by taking strolls and having picnics under the pink petals which gently float to the ground.
Cherry blossom season is one of the most sought after travel experiences, and the small window of opportunity to visit means places fill up extremely fast.
Experience this stunning natural wonder on one of our cherry blossom tours.
Start DateMon, March 22, 2021
End DateSat, April 10, 2021
These cherry blossom spots are all beautiful, you may find your own best spots on your journey. Since the trees are everywhere, you are sure to bump into your own perfect Japanese moment.
There are also cherry blossoms in South Korea. The most well-known cherry blossom festival in Seoul is the Yeouido Cherry Blossom festival. It is also known as the Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. During the cherry blossom festival, you can see about 1,400 cherry trees in full bloom.
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