The early cherry blossom report for 2020 has arrived…

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The worst of winter is (with any luck) done. Our evenings and mornings are slowly getting lighter once more, and it’s not too long until winter slopes off for another year and spring comes bounding to the fore. And spring, of course, means lots of lovely cherry blossom.

The cherry blossom front typically rolls up the length of the country each year, beginning in Okinawa in the far south then heading all the way up to Hokkaido in the north over a period of several weeks. Many factors can affect the cherry trees blooming: a freezing winter can mean flowers come out late, whereas a mild one can coax the trees into bloom sooner. Heavy rain causes the trees to lose their blossom faster. It’s a fragile affair, and it’s for this reason the forecast is followed so closely during the sakura season.

This year, the Japanese Meteorological Association predicts both Tokyo and Kyoto will see their first bloom around the 19th of March, with the best viewing period expected to fall in the fortnight after. Take a look…

cherry blossom forecast map

For more detail, you can also check out our  cherry blossom infographic, or call us and chat to one of our expert travel consultants.

Our tour dates for 2021 have just been released, and at this early stage we still have availability for some our most popular small group tours. They fill up fast – so if you’re considering popping over to Japan to bathe in the beauty of the cherry blossom trees, you’ve got a little time left! Alternatively, if you’d rather chart your own course around the country, we can work with you to build a bespoke itinerary. Give us a call, tell us what you want to experience, and we’ll whisk you away on an odyssey of Japanese culture and cuisine. Lovely!

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