Celebrating Spring in Japan? This is What You Must Know


Travel Blog Indonesia – Spring in Japan which will run from March to the end of May. Spring in Japan is eagerly awaited to see the enthusiasm of Japanese citizens, as well as foreign tourists.

This most awaited season will truly present a beautiful and very enchanting sight. Cherry blossoms begin to bloom in areas with warm climates, starting from Tokyo in Kanto to the Tohoku region in the north and continuing on to Hokkaido.

Great time to see cherry blossoms in Japan

Usually there are several places that are the most appropriate and you can make the most favorite spot to enjoy Sakura Flowers. You can come to Japan between March and May, because spring always comes every year.

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Areas in Japan that have Cherry Blossoms (holidaysankejepang.com)

10 Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Locations in Japan

1. Hokkaido

Usually Hokkaido is divided into two, namely the North and the South.

  • Northern Hokkaido (Asakihawa, Obihiro) will appear Cherry Blossoms starting May 10, 2017
  • Southern Hokkaido (Sapporo, Hokodate) will appear Cherry Blossoms starting April 30, 2017

2. Tohoku

Tohoku, it’s different from Hokkaido. In fact, Tohoku is an area located in the northeast of the island of Honshu, Japan which consists of six prefectures, and several locations in Tohoku are different if you want to see cherry blossoms.

  • Aomori, Akita, Yamagata starting around April 20, 2017
  • Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima starting around April 10, 2017
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Nanohana or Rapeseed in Japan (Shutterstock)

3. Kanto, Koshin (Chubu)

It is an area located on Honshu Island, which consists of six prefectures. From these six regions, you can see the beautiful view of the cherry blossoms in bloom.

Kanto region

  • Gunma, Tochigi, around March 30, 2017
  • Tokyo, Chiba, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama around March 25, 2017

Koshin Region

  • Nagano, starting April 10, 2017
  • Yamanshi, starting March 30, 2017

4. Tokai (Chubu)

The Tokai region on Honshu Island also has four prefectures that will serve cherry blossoms this spring.

  • Gifu, The cherry blossoms will start blooming from March 30, 2017
  • Aichi, Shuzuoka, and Noodles The cherry blossoms are in full bloom this art season starting March 25, 2017

5. Hokuriku (Chubu)

It is a Hokuriku region which is also still part of the Chubu Region, this place is on Honshu Island, precisely in the Japanese sea area. Just like the others, this Hokuriku also has four prefectures.

  • Niigata, The cherry blossoms will start blooming around April 10, 2017
  • Ishikawa, Fuku, Toyama, whereas in these three prefectures, they will start blooming around March 30, 2017
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Cherry blossoms bloom in spring in Japan (shutterstock)

6. Kinki or Kansai

This region, which is in the central western region of Honshhu Island, also has six prefectures that you can visit to see cherry blossoms later.

  • Osaka, Nara, Wakayam, in these three prefectures, the Cherry Blossoms will start to show their beauty starting from March 25 2017
  • Kyoto, Hyogo, Shiga, while the other three prefectures, will appear around March 30, 2017

7. Chugoku

Still in the Honshu Island area, the five prefectures in Chugoku will also showcase the beauty of cherry blossoms during this art season in Japan.

  • Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi You can visit this starting from March 30, 2017, if you want to see the cherry blossoms that bloom until the end of May 2017.

8. Shikoku

Located in the South of Honshu Island, Shikoku will also serve beautiful cherry blossoms that are most awaited by local residents and foreign tourists.

You can find it at Ehime, Kagawa, Kouchi, and Tokushima. In this place, Sakura flowers have shown their beauty since March 25, 2017

9. Kyushu

This one location, at most, has a section that will present Sakura Flowers. Consisting of seven prefectures, you must visit Kyushu once if you are in Japan later.

  • Fukuoko
  • Kumamoto
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Saga
  • Kagoshima
  • Miyazaki

These seven prefectures have had beautiful and charming Sakura Flowers since March 25, 2017 ago. The beauty of the Sakura can be enjoyed until the end of May 2017. Don’t miss it!

10. Okinawa

The last location you can visit to enjoy the cherry blossoms is Okinawa. A very famous place among tourists, because of its tropical climate, this place has had cherry blossoms that bloomed since January 14, 2017.

What Activities Can You Do During Spring In Japan?

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Nanohana or Rapeseed in Japan (Shutterstock)

One of the must-do activities that cannot be missed when Spring comes is watching Hanami, or what can be called when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. In addition, you can also see the beauty of rapeseed or another name is Nanohana, a flower that signifies the beginning of spring in Japan, this plant thrives in the highlands. This vast flower field is always awaited by tourists.

With the beauty of the Nanohana flower bed in the Awaji Hanasajiki Park, tourists can actually enjoy it for free. Sealin that, tourists can also take pictures and have picnics at nearby locations. How exciting isn’t it ?!

Enjoying Japanese Cuisine When Spring Comes

Usually local residents, as well as tourists who come from outside of Japan, will eat sansei, or fresh vegetables that come straight from the mountains. This vegetable is highly sought after, because it can only be found during Spring in Japan. Usually, they will enjoy it cooked tempura. Hmm, how delicious it looks.

Besides eating Sansei, usually tourists are also looking for Japanese bamboo shoot culinary. Usually this one special food, will be served by boiling it half-boiled or steamed with rice, and processed into takikomi gohan.

Another thing, which cannot be missed during Spring in Japan is capturing your moment to take pictures with the beautiful and charming blooming flowers. This is of course highly anticipated and should not be missed.

Witnessing the Celebration of the Buddha’s Birth

On April 8, usually during spring in Japan, Senso-ji, which is one of the most famous shrines in Asakusa in Japan, will celebrate Buddha’s birthday by holding the Hana Matsuri festival.

Usually the children there will take part in this unmissable festival. Tourists can also participate in the celebration of the event. The interesting thing about this festival is, the activity of interesting paper statues in the shape of elephants and ancient Buddhist symbols that are around the temple. After celebrating the birth of Buddha, participants will be given Hydrangea Tea, which is a symbol of spring and will be distributed free of charge.

Looking for Shells

Another thing you can do when it is spring in Japan, is by digging or looking for shells. Usually Japanese citizens and tourists will go to Odaiba Kaihin-koen Beach in Tokyo.

Usually, visitors don’t forget to bring buckets and wear shoes boots and in droves to dig up shells. Not only for entertainment, usually these shells will be served to delicious misosoup dishes that you can enjoy throughout the spring, usually this tradition will take place starting from May.

How? Now you know, if you want to visit Japan in the spring. Have a good vacation!

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Originally posted 2020-05-02 02:16:47.

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