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Forecast for Japan's cherry blossom season laid out

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Jakarta  /  Mon, March 26, 2018  /  04:37 pm
Forecast for Japan's cherry blossom season laid out

The cherry blossom season only lasts for a short period of time. Full bloom is usually expected within a week after the first blossoms bloom. (Bloomberg/Shiho Fukada)

Spring season in Japan is among the busiest times for tourism, as it is the only time of year when people can enjoy its national flower sakura, more commonly known as the cherry blossom, in its full and fleeting bloom.

According to kompas.com, the flowers on the iconic trees this year are expected to bloom early across Japan.

The cherry blossom season only lasts for a short period of time and marks the beginning of spring. Full bloom is usually expected to last for a week after the first blossoms bloom, after which the flowers would begin falling from trees.

Read also: How to shoot the cherry blossoms: Tips from a photographer

Before planning a visit, it is suggested to refer to a forecast to determine the peak blooming period, as it differs depending on the region.

In Tokyo, cherry blossom trees are expected to bloom from March 28 to April 4, with peak bloom on March 29, according to Weather Map. 

Osaka is expected to experience a shorter period in comparison, starting on March 28 and ending a day earlier on April 3, with peak bloom also falling on March 29. 

Nagoya is expected to get an earlier start on March 27, before it peaks the next day and continues until April 3. 

Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed even earlier in Fukuoka, from March 24 to March 30. Niigata and Sendai are set to welcome the flowers from April 13 to 18. 

In Sapporo, the peak period is forecast on May 4 until 7. (liz/mut)

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