There is a lot of mystery surrounding the stunning cherry blossoms in Japan. Every year millions flock to Japan to witness this miracle of nature. Although the month of April is typically mentioned as the ideal time to spot these blossoms, there really isn’t a fixed date or time. Geographic location and temperature are the two main factors that determine the timing of these blossoms. The milder (warmer) the climate, the sooner the blossom seasons begin. The southern subtropical islands of Japan called Okinawa experience early summer temperatures. In these regions, cherry blossoms start in January. As the summer temperature slowly affects the northern island regions of Hokkaido, these regions to experience the blossoms. The northernmost parts of Japan experience these blossoms in May.
When is the Best Time for Tourists?
Tourists typically prefer to visit the major cities of Japan. When is the best cherry blossom tours in major cities? The urban hubs of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto experience the cherry blossom season during March end or the first weeks of April. However, these predictions are not permanent. In recent years, the blossoms have taken place earlier as the severity of the winters in Japan has reduced. So, in January, if the southern regions of the country are still cold, the blossom season will start later. You shouldn’t have to worry about rescheduling your tours as the predictions are almost always correct. At worst they can get one or two weeks wrong.
How long does the Blossom Season Last?
The cherry blossom season is sadly very short. Tourists have only one week to witness the ‘mankai’ or full bloom. After a few weeks, the blossoms shed from the trees. Wind and rainy conditions further condense the blooming season. Make sure to listen to Japanese weather forecasts before scheduling your trip!