Japan’s Cherry Blossoms 2017 Forecast
Hanami! It’s that magical time of the year for Japan, when its national flower, the Sakura (or cherry blossoms), bloom in its fullest glory and pepper the trees with hues of pinks and whites. Look at Mount Fuji during springtime!
The flowering date of cherry blossoms is affected greatly by the change of weather and temperature. Due to the narrow land area of the whole island of Japan, the difference of climate in the different regions of Okinawa from the northernmost Hokkaido to the southernmost is large, and the temperature difference is very large. Therefore, the flowering dates of cherry blossoms in various regions of Japan Also are different. The coldest “Hokkaido” area, cherry blossom flowering season relative to late, predict that end of April to early May, cherry blossoms will flowering.
The cherry blossom-viewing season has already begun for some of the southern regions including Okinawa, and will be moving upwards towards prefectures in Japan’s higher elevation like Aomori and Hokkaido in the upcoming months.
i) Okinawa: Mid January to Mid February
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Nago Chuo Park, Nakijin Castle, Yogi Park
ii) Fukuoka: 25 March to 10 April
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: San Hou Park, Fukuoka Castle, Atago Shrine, Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Nishi Park
iii) Osaka: 29 March to 12 April
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Osaka Castle Park, Kema Sakuranomiya, Osaka Mint Bureau
iv) Nara: 28 March to 11 April
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Mount Yoshino, Heijo Palace, Nara Park
v) Hiroshima: 29 March to 12 April
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Peace Park, Hiroshima Castle, Shukkein Garden
vi) Kyoto: Early to Mid April
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto Gosho, Shirakawa, Maruyama, Heian Shrine
vii) Tokyo: 26 March to 11 April
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Shinjuku Garden, Ueno Park, Sumida Park, Meguro Park, Yoyogi Park
viii) Aomori: 22 April to 4 May
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Hirosaki Castle, Ashino Park
ix) Hokkaido: 29 April to 5 May
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Hakodate’s Goryokaku, Matsumae Castle, Odori Park
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