Spring in Japan
🌸 Sakura and other flowers blooming season
Japanese spring is quite a specific period, highly appreciated by both Japanese people and foreign tourists. Therefore, this season is often the most popular among travelers, especially in late March / early April, being a short window for cherry blossom viewing in the Japanese megalopolis.
The flowers called sakura are the most attractive thanks to the seraphic and ephemeral beauty of landscapes they create. The tradition of Ohanami, literally "the contemplation of flowers", was born from the love of the cherry blossom. It is a deep-rooted ritual during which friends gather under the cherry trees to drink, take pictures and have a good time.
Earlier than the sakura and sometimes confused with them, plum trees (ume) flowers bloom in late February and March, and emit usually slightly stronger fragrances.
By the way, tourists should be aware that spring is also the peak season for hay fever in Japan, and that the very strong pollen could trigger allergy and spoil their travel.
From this page, you can have access to the best spots to contemplate ume and sakura, and also discover what to do during spring in Japan.