Spring has finally sprung and with the change of the season brings sakura blossoms across Japan. Of Japan’s four main islands, the cherry blossom trees bloom first in Kyushu, starting in the middle of March. The blossoming reflects the progression of spring as the Northern most part of Japan experiences the full bloom in May.

Sakura in full bloom in Kyoto.
Sakura in full bloom in Kyoto.
Sakura blossoms bloom as early as the beginning March.
Sakura blossoms bloom as early as the beginning March.

With the sakura in bloom, the Japanese have long observed the tradition of hanami (花見), or cherry blossom viewing. It’s a beautiful time to spend with friends and family under the flowering trees. Picnics are laid out in parks and many people enjoy spending time outdoors drinking sake, beer, and other libations.

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Not only does sakura season change the look of Japanese streets and parks, food and drink items change as well. Sakura flavored treats can be found all over Japan, including sakura-infused baked goods, sakura-flavored sake and beer, as well as cherry blossom garnished dishes.

So if you’re thinking about taking a trip to Japan, now’s the time to do it! You won’t wanna miss everything that the cherry blossom season has to offer.

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