Get the Lowdown on Sakura-Themed Treats!
As cherry blossoms overwhelm Japan, all the big players step up with 'sakura'-flavored snacks and drinks. Check out this year's offerings from Starbucks, McDonald's, Max Brenner, Hotel Conrad and more!
9 Things to Do in Tochigi in Spring
Tochigi is full of colorful delight as spring brings a wide swathe of flora across the prefecture.
These Sakura Sweets Taste as Good as They Look
Cherry blossoms are a feast for the eyes, but did you know that cherry blossoms are actually edible? Let your cooking skills blossom with these four fun recipes!
Harima Zaka: Tokyo Sakura without the Crowds!
While there are plenty of spots to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, they tend to get crowded, making finding those hidden gems a key springtime objective. Intrepid 'hanami' hunters should head east of Myogadani Station on the Marunouchi line for Harima Zaka!
'Hanami' Manners Matter
Don't want to be shamed on Japanese television for having poor manners while enjoying cherry blossoms? Here are the four rules you need to follow to avoid causing a small scandal.
The Best 'Hanami' Spots in Each Prefecture
Enjoy the best of the cherry blossom viewing season with this list of the top spots to see sakura around the country.
5 Must-See Cherry Blossom Sites in Hokuriku
Hokuriku has many quaint and historical places, including eye-filling viewing spots of cherry blossoms that have attracted a large number of international visitors. We're going to show you five of the top spots the region has to offer!
Secret Sakura Spots in Residential Areas
Not all cherry blossom trees are planted in Yoyogi, Shinjuku Gyoen, Inokashira or Sankeien. You'd be surprised to know that a lot of regular neighborhood areas in and around Tokyo also have Instagram-worthy spots for the perfect sakura shot.
Top 5 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Hyogo
When viewing the cherry blossoms in the Kansai region, it would be easy to get lost in the beauty of Kyoto and Osaka and forget Hyogo Prefecture. But these sites are well worth traveling to as well. Check out our Top 5 picks!
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Sakura Jellies
These dewdrop jellies are not only beautiful, but contain edible cherry blossoms as well.
12 Things to Do in Gunma in Spring
Gunma offers its cherry blossoms combined with daffodils, mountain phlox, converted tramcars, feudal warriors and even a World Heritage Site.
Sumida: Where Japan’s Past & Future Collide
As cherry blossom season shifts into high gear around the country, join our writer Nick as he spends time in Tokyo’s historic Sumida Ward, enjoying the surrounding beauty and a variety of immersive cultural experiences!
12 Things to Do in Ibaraki in Spring
From plum blossoms to cherry blossoms and hydrangea, there are wonderful things to discover in Ibaraki from February to late June.
100 Best Drinks from Japan: #3 Sakura Tea
Sakura tea is a popular drink for celebrations such as weddings or other special occasions.
Enjoy Nighttime Sakura Petals in an Onsen
Dip your feet into these baths as cherry blossom petals tickle your toes.
Top 6 'Hanami' Spots in Kyushu
Kyushu is where you can see some of the earliest cherry blossoms in full bloom!
Cherry Blossoms & Climate Change
Will rising temperatures change the tradition of viewing cherry blossoms?
Neko Box Delivering Spring to Your Doorstep
Neko Box is a subscription service that makes sure you get quality goods from Japan each month. Let's see what waiting for us this time in the Hanami Box!
By the River Meguro, I Sat Down
Thanks to the sakura along the Meguro River, Nakameguro is perhaps one of the more frequented residential areas during cherry blossom season. Here's what to expect on your first-time sakura experience in Nakameguro, a walkable destination from Shibuya.
Tohoku's Late-Blooming Sakura Wonderland
Join our writer Nick as he travels with the JNTO to capture a glimpse of some of northern Japan's beautiful cherry blossom scenery.