A grove of blossoming flowers is beautiful as far as the eye can see, one of the most
mysteriously alluring places one could ever hope to be. The American Cherry
Blossoms are lovelier than one would imagine, filling the air with the faint and
sheer lilac and rose qualities, accented with creamy vanilla and soft, almond-like
aroma from their pale pink flowers.
Walking through the grove is a complete dream with bees buzzing, butterflies
fluttering, in one of the earth’s most majestic natural wonders. While strolling
beneath those ephemeral petals and marveling at how amazing mother nature
could create such an intense scene for all to behold. Taking it all in, held bondage
by its beauty, you must continue to be enthralled by this captivating oasis of
The Japanese Sakura (or Cherry Blossoms) –
Spring in Japan can only mean one thing: cherry blossom. Sandwiched between the
long, bitter winter months and the sweltering humidity of summer, spring is by far
the most popular time for tourism in Japan – both domestic and international. The
atmosphere at this time of year is infectious, with parks packed with revelers and
supermarket shelves stacked with the latest blossom-flavored snacks and drinks.
The cherry blossom (or sakura) “front” sweeps along the length of the country each
year, beginning with Okinawa in the far south in February and working its way
along Japan to northern Hokkaido in May. A variety of factors can affect when the
cherry blossom comes into bloom: a particularly cold winter can mean that the
flowers come out late, unseasonably mild weather can usher them out sooner, and
heavy rain can mean that the trees drop their petals much quicker than otherwise.
For this reason, the forecast is followed avidly throughout the sakura season!
The cherry blossom usually begins to bloom in Okinawa in around
January/February, passes through the middle of Japan in March and April, and
finishes with a late bloom in northern Hokkaido in May. In areas of high altitude,
the blossom also arrives rather later than in low-altitude regions.
Tokyo usually sees its first blossoms in the dying days of March, with full bloom
falling around April 5. Kyoto follows a day or two later, while the mountainous
areas around Takayama and Matsumoto bloom about two weeks later – beginning
in mid-April. For a more accurate idea of where and when the cherry blossom will
be blooming this year, take a look at our wonderful new sakura infographic! Slide
the slider and you’ll see the cherry blossom front as it moves from south to north.
As you make it to the end and take in a deep breath, you began to wonder if you’re
ready for the whole adventure to come to an end? The sweet Cherry Blossoms of
the US and the “Sakura,” Cherry Blossoms of Japan are a fascinating site to see.
One great experience for the whole family, but the peak blossoms only last a week