2017 Cherry Blossom Forecast & Hanami!
Good news everyone! According to the latest update from the Japan Weather Association, the 2017 cherry blossom season is to start on March 25 in Tokyo. We hope you’ll get the chance to visit Japan in time for cherry blossom viewing!
Where and When can I see the Cherry Blossoms?
The map shown below indicates the approximate blooming periods for cherry blossoms. Of course, keep in mind that the weather strongly influences the blooming season. In particular, temperatures, rain, and wind can shorten the season quite considerably, delaying or accelerating the first bloom and full bloom. The blooming of the cherry flower is also affected by the temperatures from the fall of the previous year to early spring. A cold winter is said to slow down the blossom front.
You can check the past years forecast as a reference to estimate when would the flowers bloom. However, each and every year, the blooming season across Japan may slightly vary. The cherry blossom front starts around January in Okinawa archipelago and then gradually reaches Kyoto, and Tokyo at the end of March – the beginning of April.
Hanami (Flower Viewing)
If you’re planning some hanami action, better keep an eye on the forecast for 2017! According to this initial forecast, the peak period in the capital will be 30 March, with full bloom expected on this date.
Coto Academy will hold a hanami party on Sunday, April 2nd in Kitanomaru park. You, your friends and family are welcome to enjoy the afternoon with us! During our last hanami the weather was still quite cold, so make sure to bring warm clothes. In accordance to the theme, let’s all wear something pink for the day!
- Date: Sunday, April 2
- Time: 12:00-16:30
- Place: Kitanomaru park (8 min from station Kudanshita exit 2)
- Fee: No fee, please bring your own food and drinks!
- BYO: food, drinks, games
Interest in knowing more about Japanese cherry blossom & Japanese vocabulary? Check out our previous post here.