It’s that time of year again, when Japan explodes with vibrant pink cherry blossom for 2 short weeks while the whole country takes a well-earned time to slow down. The weather has been a little warmer than usual this year, so cherry blossoms are expected to start blooming towards the end of March and into early April for most of the country.
The atmosphere at this time of year is infectious, with parks packed to the seams with groups of people enjoying barbeques, bento boxes and group activities amongst the beautiful backdrop of slowly falling pink petals.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Japan during this season, make sure to get yourself to a hanami party in a nearby park during your time. Even during weekdays you’ll find many young and old folk enjoying the view together.
Some of the best places to view the blossoms are Ueno Park in Tokyo (above), Nagoya Castle in Nagoya, Daigo-ji Temple in Kyoto or pretty much anywhere near Nara. Although don’t let that put you off, you can see sights of incredible beauty almost anywhere in Japan at this time of year.