Sakura forecast 2016

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It’s still pretty cold here in Tokyo, but we can find some signs of early spring here and there in the city. And, yes, we need to talk about this topic – when the cherry blossoms open flowers? According to the forecast companies it is likely they will start to bloom on March 27 and the best timing to see full bloom is between April 1 – 8 in Tokyo area.

If you want to see cherry blossoms now, there are a few places that you can see early cherry blossoms. There are more than 600 different species of cherry blossoms, but more than 80% of cherry blossoms we normally see in Japan is just one type called Somei Yoshino. When we talk about Sakura, it normally indicates Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms and they usually open flowers in the early April. But for example, Kawazu Sakura has its full bloom season earlier like mid of February, yes now is the time!

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Somei Yoshino

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Kawazu Sakura

If you travel to Kawazu, they have Kawazu Sakura festival until March 10th. It takes 2.4 hours from Tokyo station to Kawazu station by JR. If you don’t have enough time to travel there, then how about to walk along Oyoko River next to Kiba park. There are about 100 trees planted along the river.
(Tokyo Great Kayaking Tour has a tour on Feb 21, 2016 and we will paddle along this river!)

In front of Tokyo Metro Takebashi station, near  Hirakawamon of the Imperial Palace is also a famous place to see Kawazu Sakura.

 

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2 Responses to “Sakura forecast 2016”

  1. afranklife Says:

    Hi, I took a cycling package with your company previously and was hoping to get some advice from you experts. I am actually thinking of hiking the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi route late March this year from the 23rd to 28th.

    I heard the condition there is bad due to the weather and the route was not opened in January.

    Do you think it will be opened by March?

    Thanks for your advice in advance!

    Hope to see sakura!

    Best regard, Frank

    On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 1:14 PM, Tokyo Great Cycling Tour Staff Blog wrote:

    > tokyocycling posted: ” It’s still pretty cold here in Tokyo, but we can > find some signs of early spring here and there in the city. And, yes, we > need to talk about this topic – when the cherry blossoms open flowers? > According to the forecast companies it is likely they will s” >

    • tokyocycling Says:

      Hi, Frank

      Thank you for your message. Well, we believe that people are hiking on Kumanokodo even in the mid winter and the route isn’t closed normally, but the best season will start from the end of March, so you will have a good time on those days. http://www.hongu.jp/en/kumano-kodo/
      Hope you will enjoy your trip to Japan🙂

      Tokyo Great Cycling Tour

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