When To Come For Japanese Cherry Blossom In Tokyo Just 1 week. That’s how long the Blossoms last.

That’s why it’s so important to get the timing of your Tokyo vacation right.

best-things-to-do-in-tokyo-april-2 The cherry blossom flowers bloom for about a week from the first blossoms till the flowers fall off the trees. In Tokyo, the Blossom starts around the end of March or the beginning of April.

The starting point can change by as much as two weeks from year to year.

See: 10 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid During Cherry Blossom Festival Tokyo

If the weather during the months before is relatively mild, cherry blossom trees will open early, around the end of March.
If it was a cold winter, the blossom will bloom later, in April.

Not all Cherry Blossom Trees bloom on the same day. A Cherry Blossom Tree in a shadowy place will bloom several days later than a Tree in a sunny place.

The opening of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo is announced based on a representative sample of trees in Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo.

The very end of the Blossom is fantastic too, with cherry blossom flower petals covering the ground and looking like pink snowflakes.

But there’s no reason for you to worry about missing Cherry Blossom any More! I’ve gathered all the questions you asked me about timing your visit and my answers to you into one place

Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival Essentials

Important facts you should know: the Blossom season is the peak travel season in Japan.

It’s a Japanese Holiday, so Japanese people travel to join their friends and family in Tokyo. Tourists from all over the world come to take part in the festival in Tokyo.

So Tokyo train stations are even more crowded than usual, Airports are packed, and hotels are fully booked months in advance.

With that in mind, I recommend you Book and arrange Hotels, Tours, Flights, and Disney Tickets as early as possible.

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Secret Spot for Cherry Festival End Of February – Beginning Of March

When is the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival: Things To Do

Japanese people see the festival as an opportunity to wind down, socialize and drink.
By evening most will find it hard to recognize a cherry blossom tree from a traffic sign.

  • Nighttime Illuminations. Try the Imperial Palace and the Japanese Gardens which are illuminated gloriously at night.
  • It’s one of the Best Things To Do in Tokyo during the Blossom. Especially recommended is Yasukuni Jinja Shrine which has 1000 Cherry trees.
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  • Parties and picnics in the Parks are the popular pastimes during the festival. The happy, celebrating people are usually family, co-workers or friends. There’s a good chance you’ll be invited to join in if you pass by. Lots of hot Sake and traditional food will make the language barrier non-existent.See More: Japan Cherry Blossom events
  • Special Cherry Blossom Day Trips from Tokyo to Mt Fuji – Mt Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, with a beautifully symmetrical volcanic cone. It’s a breathtaking scene any time of the year. Cherry trees in spring bring this favorite Mt Fuji Day tour from Tokyo to new heights. Typically, Cherry trees bloom here 2 weeks later than in Tokyo, which makes it a great solution if your timing for Cherry Blossom in Tokyo was too late, or if you feel like seeing another round of the pink flowers.See More: More About Mt Fuji
  • Strolling along the Sumida River is the more relaxed way of Cherry Blossom trees viewing.
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Tokyo Trip Checklist

  • To make sure you have all the important things covered see my first-time-in-Tokyo guide
  • Get your 1,2 or 3-day Tokyo Unlimited Subway Pass to easily get around Tokyo
  • If you want to travel on bullet trains you can save big with a Japan Rail Pass. Here’s why is worth it.
  • You’ll need a prepaid sim or Portable WIFI to stay connected in Tokyo.
  • Check out my detailed Tokyo packing list to make sure you’re prepared.
  • The best site to book hotels in Tokyo is almost always Booking.com. And remember to book early, especially during busy times.
  • For travel insurance (which you need) Word Nomads offer great coverage in Japan and are highly recommended.

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