In spring, the famous cherry blossoms turn Japan into a magical pink wonderland. But since the delicate trees bloom for only a short time, a trip to see them should be carefully planned.

To help travelers organize their visit, the Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) has just released its first forecast of cherry blossom flowering dates for 2017, as well as expected dates for full-bloom.

  • Some of the first blossoms are expected to appear in Tokyo around March 22nd, with peak bloom around March 30th.
  • Nagoya’s flowers should begin to blossom on March 23rd, with prime viewing around April 2nd.
  • Fukuoka and Nagasaki are close behind, with initial blooms appearing around March 23rd and 26th, and full bloom on April 1st and 3rd respectively.
  • Cherry blossoms in Kyoto are anticipated to begin March 7th, and peak around April 5th.
  • Osaka and Nara should both see flowers appear by March 28th, with full bloom forecasted for April 4th and 5th.
  • Nearby Kobe will see its first blossoms around March 30th with peak expected on April 7th.

Of course, cherry blossom season is a busy time in Japan. Now’s the time to get your vacation squared away to make sure you don’t miss out – call your Stellar Travel advisor today.

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