The people of Japan eagerly await the blooming of cherry blossoms when spring comes. Cherry blossoms are in bloom for only a week where they can be found, but it is between late March and mid-May that they bloom throughout the various locations in Japan, as the country is long from north to south. The Japanese call this the cherry blossom front, and it is one of the main topics of spring.
Japan has countless cherry blossom trees with thousands of cherry blossom viewing spots – each with their own unique appeal such as different scenery with stunning cherry blossoms and fantastic cherry blossoms that have been standing alone for hundreds of years.
Here you can see some of the scenery with stunning cherry blossoms across Japan as the cherry blossom front approaches.
The cherry blossoms in beautiful contrast with the Seto Inland Sea
The cherry blossoms of Mount Shiude and the Seto Inland Sea
The cherry blossoms that have been planted such as the Somei Yoshino and Yae cherry blossoms can be seen together with wild mountain cherry blossoms as they vie in beauty. Visitors can enjoy a view of the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea beyond the mountains with the cherry blossoms.
Address:451-1 Ohama-otsu, Takuma-cho, Mitoyo-shi, Kagawa
Access:Community bus from JR Takuma Station, about 1 hr. by walk from the “Shiudeyama Tozanguchi” stop
Peak:Late March to mid-April
Among the various cultural assets of the World Heritage Site of ancient Kyoto, the five-story pagoda of To-ji Temple (Kyoo-Gokoku-ji Temple) is one of the most popular symbols of Kyoto.
Address: 1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access: About 10 mins. by walk from Toji Station on the Kintetsu Railway
Peak: Late March to early April
Mitake cherry blossoms
On the approach toward Shinpuku-in Temple are cherry blossoms blooming in a rice terrace. Light pink cherry blossoms can be seen in a paddy where the rice has not been planted yet. When it is time for them to fall, the paddy is covered with pink petals – presenting short-lived but beautiful scenery.
Address:Mitake, Misugi-cho, Tsu-shi, Mie
Access:About 10 mins. by bus from JR Ise-Okitsu Station, about 5 mins. by walk from the “Sugihira” stop
Rain, wind and temperatures can have a strong effect on the process of the season, for example, they can accelerate, delay or shorten it considerably. Therefore, use the forecasts on your own risk, especially at this early stage of the season. Choose the best spots for your photography skills!