Updated 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast!
According to the latest forecast by the JMC, the first blooms are only a little over one month away!
Sakura-Inspired Torch for the 2020 Olympics
The design for the torch, which will kick off the 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Tokyo, has been revealed. Unsurprisingly, it takes inspiration from Japan's favorite flower!
Aomori's Stunning Winter "Cherry Blossoms"
These "cherry blossoms" at Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture are bringing some much needed warmth to Japan's wintery north.
Hanami Starts in Tokyo with Index Tree
How is the official start of hanami season determined in Tokyo? The Japan Meteorological Agency uses a special 'index tree' located at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine.
The Cherry Blossom Beauty of Shodoshima
Read on to find out more about the splendor of cherry blossoms of Shodoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea.
Tokyo Hanami Hot Spot: Ueno Park
This expansive park in eastern Tokyo is one of the most popular places to enjoy cherry blossoms, and with good reason!
2019 Tokyo Sakura Season Officially Begins!
As of Thursday, March 21, the flower frenzy that sweeps the nation has officially begun in Tokyo!
Incredible Drive-By Hanami on a Tokyo Train
Tokyo's extensive rail network isn't only extremely convenient—it can also be extremely beautiful, especially during cherry blossom season!
Sakura Sake KitKat: Hello Hanami Season
Now that sakura season is in full swing, KitKat's latest release is a sweet, slightly booze-filled way to enjoy the festivities!
Capturing the Perfect Pink of Sakura
The pastel pink of Japan's cherry blossoms paints the country for nearly a month in spring. One artisan has spent years trying to capture this color from nature and use it to dye fabrics.
Incredible Cherry Blossoms in Kagawa
Learn about Shiudeyama, a beautiful cherry blossom spot in Kagawa Prefecture which was featured in the New York Times’ as one of Japan's must-visit destinations!
Surreal Combo of Sakura & Jellyfish at Skytree
The surreal and beautiful combination of cherry blossoms and jellyfish is part of a seasonal event at the Sumida Aquarium.
Experience a New Hanami in Awesome Sakura Pool
This cool sakura-themed bar is set to open on March 22, 2019, which coincides with the predicted bloom date for cherry blossoms in Tokyo!
Studio Ghibli Goods Catch 2019 Sakura Fever
A Japanese retail chain dedicated to selling official Studio Ghibli merchandise is ready to debut their 2019 cherry blossom season goods!
Tokyo Hanami Hot Spot: Inokashira Park
Inokashira Park is a beloved spot in Tokyo for cherry blossom viewing. With some 200 cherry blossom trees, it's easy to see why!
Perfectly Pink Sakura-Flavored Baum Cake
The German treat is a Japanese favorite, and popular purveyor Nerinya gives it the spring sakura treatment!
A Crash Course on Tokyo's Plum Blossoms
Spring is one of Japan's most anticipated times of year, with good reason! Plum blossoms pop up in late February, and are the herald of the changing season. Find out what they are, how they're different and where you can see them in Tokyo!
Snow & Sakura Make for Incredible Hanami
The weather is fickle in Japan as the seasons change, and occasionally this results in the beautiful and unlikely combination of snow and cherry blossoms!
Starbucks Releases 2019 Cherry Blossom Merch
'Tis almost the season, which means it's time for Starbucks Japan to release another round of cherry blossom merchandise!
Flowers & Sakura at Seaside Park in Fukuoka
Compared to some places, Kyushu's Fukuoka Prefecture isn't particularly famous for its cherry blossoms. But these shots—accompanied by gorgeous baby blue flowers—makes us think it should be!