The beautiful sakura cherry blossoms are the main attraction for the thousands visiting Tokyo every spring. Enjoy the time-honored tradition of hanami flower viewing – by bus, boat or foot, you will find all the best sakura experiences on Voyagin.
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About Japan's most popular tradition in spring
In Japan the culture of sakura appreciation – or ‘hanami’ – commonly takes the form of outdoor picnics in parks or along rivers, with friends and family members. This practice is over 1,300 years old and originated from ancient rituals in which farmers predicted if there will be an abundant harvest by gathering around sakura trees and observing the condition of the cherry blossoms. In fact, hanami applies to other flowers as well, but since the cherry blossoms can be seen perfectly from under the tree, the sakura is considered to be the most suitable tree for hanami. In Japan great emphasis is placed on the changing of the seasons, so hanami is a perfect opportunity to enjoy this part of the local culture in the season of cherry blossoms. Don’t miss hanami in Japan!
The most widespread sakura tree in Japan, it is pink when it starts blossoming, and later turns to white.
These blossoms have multiple layers, and grow large and fluffy, which makes this particular tree truly gorgeous. It blooms about 1-2 weeks after the somei yoshino.
This is a weeping cherry tree with drooping branches. It resembles a gigantic pink willow at its peak, and is a well-loved favorite of many. Shidarezakura is the designated flower of Kyoto prefecture.
The real name of this flower is moss phlox but it is also known as garden sakura in April-May, when its beautiful pink color covers the outdoor fields. Blooming later than cherry trees, shibazakura is perfect for hanami late in the season.
During the cherry blossom season you can try limited-edition and seasonal sakura sweets. Not only does nature turn pink, but many shops are also decorated in sakura themes. You can try sakura-mochi and other sakura-flavoured Japanese sweets. Be sure to taste them during your spring trip to Japan!