Outdoor / Nature

Best Time to View Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

18 January 2015

Cherry blossom season in Ueno Park, 2013

This is question I frequently get, and since I was asked again a week ago, I decided to do a post on it.

It is impossible to predict the precise date on which the flowers are at their most stunning. Think about it logically: you only know for sure that day was the best after the entire season, no?

However, it is not difficult to wager a good guess as to the period where one can view cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

I translated past cherry blossom seasons data which I extracted from the Japan Meteorological Agency and made it into the table below:

As can be seen, apart from the 2013 outlier, the dates to view cherry blossoms in Tokyo are generally around the same period.

If you visit Tokyo around end March / early April, there’s a pretty darn good chance you’ll be able to catch these fleeting beauties that drive the entire nation into a park-going frenzy :)

Where to view cherry blossoms in Tokyo

A lovely video I found:


Ahh, I can’t wait for sakura season to arrive! I’m going to check out new places this year instead of the same old spots I’ve been going to :D


  • Reply Karen 22 January 2015 at 7:26 am

    gasps..a timely post! I am planning to go during Easter..hehehhe

    • Reply Rin 23 January 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Heh, nice! Enjoy your trip to Japan as well as the beautiful season :)

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