Japan’s Cherry Blossoms 2020 Forecast: When & Where to Catch Them?

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms 2020 Forecast: When & Where to Catch Them?

Keen to experience the cherry blossom phenomenon that attracts millions of tourists globally each year? Consider these various places in Japan you can visit throughout springtime!

“What a strange thing! To be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” – Kobayashi Issa.

Cherry blossoms – alluring, even though fleeting – has become a global fascination. As winter recedes, people from all over come together to celebrate the burgeoning of the small delicate pink flowers also known as Sakura marking the beginning of spring.

For many centuries, Japanese poets have attempted to evoke the experience of witnessing the cherry blossoms into words but it can only truly be discerned until one has stood under a Sakura tree blooming in its full glory. Its lavish beauty never ceases to amaze!

With that said, cherry blossom season is a coveted time to visit Japan. We have put together the best places and times to visit Japan this 2020 to experience the world-famous sakura phenomenon!

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1.Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Tokyo

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Where: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Ueno Park, Chidorigafuchi, Sumida Park in Taito-ku, Inokashira Park, Meguro River (Megurogawa), Yoyogi Park, Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

When: March 21 (flowering) – March 27 (full bloom)

2. Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Hokkaido

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Where: Matsumae Park, Goryokaku Park, Morimachi Oniushi Park, Noboribetsu Cherry Trees, Nijūkken Road Cherry Blossoms, Meguro River

When: May 2 (flowering) – May 6 (full bloom)

3.Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Hiroshima

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Where: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Garden

When: March 22 (flowering) – April 3 (full bloom)

4. Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Nara

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Where: Nara Park, Himuro Shrine, Mt Yoshino

When: March 29 (flowering)  – April 5 (full bloom)

5. Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Fukuoka

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Where: Nishi Park, Fukuoka Castle Park, Shiranoe Botanical Garden

When: March 21 (flowering) – March 29 (full bloom)

6. Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Kobe

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Where: Ikutagawa Park, Sumaura Park, Egeyama Park

When: March 27 (flowering) – April 6 (full bloom)

7. Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Kumamoto

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Where: Isshingyo Park, Kumamoto Castle, Suizenji Koen

When: March 26 (flowering) – April 4 (full bloom)

8. Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Kyoto

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Where: Philosopher’s walk, Takenaka Inari Shrine, Daigoji Temple, Heian Shrine

When: March 27 (flowering) – April 5 (full bloom)

9. Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Nagoya

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Where: Nagoya Castle, Yamazaki river, Tsurumai park, Shiratori garden

When: March 22 (flowering) – April 4 (full bloom)

10. Where to catch the cherry blossoms in Osaka

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Where: Japan mint sakura passageway, Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Osaka Castle Park, Arashimaya

When: March 27 (flowering) – April 4 (full bloom)

Now that you are well-aware of the dates and locations to admire the exquisite flowers, what’s stopping you from planning your ‘hanami’ adventure beforehand? Just a heads up: flights to Japan during the Sakura season may incur serious peak prices when purchased closer to the date. You may want to plan your trip soon and tick it off your travel bucket list for the upcoming year!

Also read: The Ultimate Food & Sakura Itinerary That Maximises the JR East Pass (Tohoku)

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Ifah Sakinah

Sakinah has a discerning palate and an innate desire to satisfy her inner curiosity. While she hasn't been everywhere, it's definitely on her list.