If you are planning a trip to Japan, I strongly recommend you to visit there in spring, especially cherry blossom, or sakura in Japanese, season. Visiting Japan when the country is filled with beautiful cherry blossoms is certainly will be a memorable experience. Check out the list we’ve compiled for you below from Alljapantours.com.
Sakura or cherry blossom is the flower in the Japanese heart. Cherry blossom is Japan’s national flower and loved so much by the Japanese people. Cherry blossom is a flower that symbolizes Japan and the Japanese people have a special feeling about it. There is a famous children’s song called “Sakura” and we often hear this song in the season of cherry blossom. The song is known to the people of the world as a tune representing Japan. Many poets and businessmen wrote romantic poems, morals, and poems about life’s ephemerality inspired by the beauty of the cherry blossom. Cherry blossom is also often featured in children’s stories, such as “Hana Saka Jiisan (Flower blossom old man)”.
From the beginning to the middle of April, cherry trees blossom all over japan. The bewitching beauty of the pink blossom is beyond comparison. Japanese people like to party with family or friends under hundreds or thousands of cherry trees in full blossom. It is called “Hanami”. Hanami is a typical event of April in Japan.
Hanami literally means bloom gazing, but actual activity is cherry blossom viewing or appreciation party. Hanami is believed to have originated in an event which was performed for the nobles during the Nara period. Hanami is a custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms and the arrival of spring.
During the months of March and April, many people all over Japan go out to admire the cherry blossoms in full bloom. They spread mats on the ground under the blossoms and have parties with their family, friends or co workers. They enjoy the banquet under cherry trees, one famous and traditional dish is called “hanami dango”. It is special kind of rice dumpring and it is thought that hanami is not complete without hanami dango.
Along with the custom of cherry blossom viewing, there are the sights of cherry blossoms all over the country. A famous place for flower viewing and party is called the sight of cherry blossoms. Most notable sights are;
Nagoya Castle in Aichi Prefecture
Ueno Park in Tokyo
Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo
Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto Prefecture
Arashi yama in Kyoto
Senkoji Park in Hiroshima
Nara Park in Nara
Cherry blossoms usually reach their peak around late March and April. However, depending on the weather or other climate conditions, cherry blossom opening dates in Japan varies each year. Once they started to blossom, the peak time will be within 10 days. In order to plan a trip to Japan at the right time for cherry blossom viewing, you can check cherry blossom forecast online. Try Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Many cities and towns in Japan hold their special cherry blossom festivals as well. So check it out, each of them has unique history and special features. Check out Alljapantours.