Published on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:55
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
As the snow melts and fresh grass spring up from the earth, Japan's landscape will soon be transformed into an ocean of pink and cream blooms as the cherry trees start blossoming in all its full glory. Delicate petals fluttering down from the trees will dust every square inch of the ground, creating an ethereal beauty unlike anything you will ever experience.
Japan in the springtime is a fairytale fantasy come true. Voluminous puffs of cherry blossoms adorning the trees give the illusion of fluffy pink clouds, bringing both Japanese and tourists flocking to parks to indulge in one of the nation’s all-time favorite pastimes – hanami, which literally translates as “looking as flowers” and refers to flower appreciation picnics under the blooms.
Cherry blossoms disappear as fleetingly as they bloom, so it is extremely crucial to plan your trip to Japan meticulously if you want to see these beauties in the prime of their lives. The difference in climate through all regions in Japan causes the cherry blossom trees to flower at various dates.
Here is the forecast for Japan's most revered flora in all regions where they grow aplenty.
1. Okinawa: Mid January to Mid February
2. Fukuoka: 25 March to 10 April
3. Nara: 28 March to 11 April
4. Osaka: 29 March to 12 April
5. Hiroshima: 29 March to 12 April
6. Kyoto: Early to Mid April
7. Tokyo: 28 March to 11 April
8. Fukushima: Mid to Late April
9. Aomori: 22 April to 4 May
10. Hokkaido: 29 April to 5 May