30 useful tips for travel in Japan

Cherry blossoms: Sakura Time & Timing in Japan
White and pink blossoms
Sakura (桜) are all things cherry, cherry blossoms and cherry trees. Think of sakura as a season in Japan, happening at the height of spring. When will the cherry blossom start to open and how long will they last? This question is essential for hanami planning and discussed in detail in the media every year.

Hanami (花見), written with the characters for flower and to see, is just that: seeing the flowers, taking a walk and looking at the cherry blossoms. Meet with your friends under the cherry trees and looking at the cherry blossoms while you talk and drink and eat.

Waiting for the flowers is a big part of sakura season's attraction. The main evening news on TV present a sakura calendar that is updated daily. The news answer all those important sakura questions “Where have the first cherry blossoms opened already?” Okinawa has the earliest sakura, blooming in January.

“What is the current situation of certain famous sakura trees?” Old famous trees even have names and there are reports about them, for example if they have been damaged by snow.

"When will sakura season start in Osaka and other regions?" Osaka forecasts for the first bloom of sakura is usually sometime in late March, but in the North in Hokkaido it will only start at the end of April.
Cherry Blossoms Everywhere in Japan
There are endless famous, and not so famous, beautiful places to enjoy sakura everywhere in Japan. Anywhere near a temple or shrine you will probably find a cherry tree. Please find fantastic white and pink trees next to a busy Tokyo streets.