Travelers interested in viewing Japan’s famous cherry blossoms should plan to be in Tokyo by mid-March. That’s according to the latest 2018 cherry blossom forecast from the Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC).
The JMC expects cherry blossom trees to start blooming on March 20th in Japan’s capital city. This weather report predicted Tokyo’s cherry blossoms will be in full bloom on March 28th.
The JMC also looked at the forecasts of other major cities all around Japan. People traveling to Kyoto will most likely see cherry blossoms bloom on the 27th and peak on April 4th. Cherry blossoms in the nearby city of Osaka should start blooming on March 26th and reach their height on April 3rd.
People traveling to the northern island of Hokkaido should expect cherry blossoms to bloom on May 3rd and reach their peak on May 6th.
Staff a the JMC told reporters they have an intricate method to predict these times using information gathered from the previous year. In addition to looking at annual trends, the JMC also looks at the temperature this new batch of cherry blossoms grew up in through the fall and winter.
The Japanese cherry blossoms (aka sakura) attract millions of tourists from around the world every year. There are at least 1,000 different areas of this island nation to enjoy cherry blossom season, and many restaurants offer special sakura-themed eats during this time.
The practice of viewing cherry blossoms goes way back in Japanese history. Some records suggest people were practicing hanami, which basically means having a picnic underneath sakura trees, since the early 700s.
For many, viewing Japan’s sakura is a religious experience. In fact, this annual festival is closely associated with the Buddhist truth of impermanence in Japanese culture and art.
Tourists can check out the JMC’s latest revisions on their official website before booking their tickets to Haneda Airport.