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CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Known as ‘sakura’ in Japanese, cherry blossoms embody the fragile beauty and fleeting nature of life itself – something to be cherished and delighted in with family and friends each spring.


Cherry blossoms play an important role in Japanese culture and for the brief time they are in bloom each spring, capture the imagination of the public. Known as ‘sakura’, cherry blossoms are synonymous with Japanese culture and are seen to embody the fragile beauty of life itself – something to be cherished and delighted in with family and friends.

The timing of the bloom varies between years, placing huge importance on the blossom forecast to time visits and events for peak bloom or ‘mankai’. As the blossoms come to full bloom, ‘hanami’ (flower viewing) becomes a national past-time with couples, workmates, friends and families gathering in parks and venues around Japan to eat, drink chat and just take in the fleeting beauty of the fabled blossoms of Japan.

Blossom Forecast 2021

Blossom Forecast 2021

Blooming in spring, the exact timing of the blossoms depends on the season and where you're headed.

About the Blossoms

About the Blossoms

Everything you need to know about when the blossoms bloom and the reasons they are so loved in Japan.

Top Blossom Spots

Top Blossom Spots

Discover the best spots to enjoy the blossoms - from the very famous to the very local and everything inbetween.

Join a Blossom Tour

Join a Blossom Tour

Each spring, we offer both group and private tours to some of Nagano's best blossom spots.

Cherry Blossoms in Japan: Everything You Need to Know

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2021

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2021

Discover when and where of the blossoms will be blooming in Japan this spring, our blossom FAQs and more!

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Cherry Blossom Varieties & How They Bloom

Cherry Blossom Varieties & How They Bloom

While the classic 'somei yoshino' is the best-known variety of cherry blossom, there are many types of flower that vary in size, colour and bloom.

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The Importance of 'Sakura' & 'Hanami' in Japan

The Importance of 'Sakura' & 'Hanami' in Japan

Known as 'sakura' in Japan, the blossoms bring families and friends together to enjoy 'hanami' (flower-viewing) together in the warmth of spring.

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Cherry Blossom Tours in Nagano

Cherry Blossom Tours in Nagano

Based in Nagano, we offer group tours to some of the region's best blossom spots along with fully-customisable private tours.

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Discover the Best Blossoms in Japan

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Typically blooming from late-March onward, Japan's immersive capital city boasts many famous blossom spots.

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Cherry Blossoms in Nagano

Cherry Blossoms in Nagano

Nagano's cooler climate and open spaces make it an ideal destination to enjoy the blossoms away from the crowds.

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Cherry Blossom Tours

1-Day Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms in Nagano Tour

1-Day Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms in Nagano Tour

Enjoy some of Nagano's best blossom spots with a morning visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. lunch and an afternoon of 'hanami' (flower-viewing).

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1-Day Takato Castle Park Cherry Blossom Tour

1-Day Takato Castle Park Cherry Blossom Tour

Considered one of Japan's best blossom spots, this tour includes visits to Takato Castle park, Matsumoto Castle and lunch.

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