Here’s when you can view Japan’s cherry blossoms in 2019

Cherry Blossom Tokyo Japan

Japan’s cherry blossoms only last a week or two. Here’s how you can get there in time to witness the springtime magic. Source: Shutterstock

EVERY MARCH, throngs of local and foreign visitors flock to parts of Japan for the most wonderful time of the year – spring, also known as the cherry blossom season.

One of the biggest annual celebrations in Japan, the pink phenomenon is the result of dozens of different cherry blossom varieties blooming together. Rows upon rows of cherry trees are awash with perfect blooms, creating a soft and romantic atmosphere for lovers and friends.

In Japanese culture, this is when hanami (enjoying the transient beauty of flowers) is practiced, through outdoor picnics or parties beneath the cherry trees during daytime or at night.

This is why the cherry blossom forecast, usually announced every year by the country’s weather bureau, is important. The estimated viewing dates are based on data collected in previous years, especially latest years 2016 and 2017.

The blossoms usually take a week to reach full bloom once flowering has begun and that full bloom also lasts around a week. Because the blossoms only last a week or two, the forecast is watched closely by those planning hanami.

Japan Hanami

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For travelers, the forecast allows for proper planning of your journey so you will not miss the beautiful pastel-colored splendor.

If you are thinking of going to Japan to have a little hanami party of your own, here is when and where you can view the springtime magic.

Tokyo

Location: Shinjuku Garden.

Cherry Blossom Tokyo Shinjuku Garden

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Flowering: March 17, 2019.

Full bloom: March 24, 2019.

Osaka

Location: Expo ’70 Park.

Expo '70 Park

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Flowering: March 20, 2019.

Full bloom: March 27, 2019.

Fukuoka

Location: Nishi Park.

Fukuoka Nishi Park Cherry Blossom

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Flowering: March 19, 2019.

Full bloom: March 27, 2019.

Hiroshima

Location: Peace Memorial Park.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Cherry Blossoms

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Flowering: March 22, 2019.

Full bloom: March 29, 2019.

Nara

Location: Mount Yoshino.

Mount Yoshino Nara Cherry Blossom

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Flowering: March 23, 2019.

Full bloom: March 28, 2019.

Aomori

Location: Hirosaki Park.

Aomori Hirosaki Park Cherry Blossom

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Flowering: April 17, 2019.

Full bloom: April 22, 2019.

Nagano

Location: Takato Castle Park.

Takato Castle Park

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Flowering: April 4, 2019.

Full bloom: April 10, 2019.

Fuji Five Lakes

Location: Chureito Pagoda.

Chureito Pagoda Cherry Blossom

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Flowering: April 9, 2019.

Full bloom: April 15, 2019.

Fukushima

Location: Miharu Takizakura.

Miharu Takizakura

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Flowering: April 2, 2019.

Full bloom: April 6, 2019.

Okayama

Location: Okayama Korakuen.

Okayama Korakuen

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Flowering: March 23, 2019.

Full bloom: March 30, 2019.