News from JNTO

Ohanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) Expert – Tips to Enjoy Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

Don't want to miss cherry blossom viewing this year? Then please plan your traveling dates between late March and mid April.

The blooming period for cherry blossoms is about 5-12 days and travels south to north across the Japan archipelago. To track the first date of the blooming season, please check the following site for updates:

2011 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast

Even if you miss the time, don't be disappointed. Thanks to extended routes of bullet train, it'll be much easier to reach Aomori prefecture, northernmost part of Japanese mainland, where you can enjoy cherry blossoms as late as early May. Hirosaki Castle located in northwest part of Aomori Prefecture is known for its magnificent view with 2,600 cherry trees. The castle celebrates its 400 year anniversary in 2011 and there will be a variety of events going on including its cherry blossom festival from late April to the beginning of May.

Cherry Blossom Viewing (Ohanami) doesn't mean just "viewing" blossoms but to have fun with friends and families. Bring your own sake and try mingling with Japanese locals having a party under the cherry blossoms in full bloom!

For your reference, here's the date of the first bloom in 2010 and regions famous for cherry blossoms:

Also, please check out more cherry blossom spots in Japan:

Hanami Package Tour Special


IACE Travel : Tohoku Spring Tour 9days 7nights April 19 - April 27. 2011

Kobayashi Travel: Spring Tohoku Ohanami – GUARANTEED DEPARTURE – Early booking discount of $100 pp

Japan Deluxe Tour : 2011 Spring Elegance Tour 5 nights 6 Days - from Osaka to Tokyo

R&C Hawaii Tours : Kanto Cherry Blossom March 28, 2011 - April 5, 2011

Royal Adventure Travel : 2011 Honshu Shikoku Cherry Blossom Tour March 28, 2011~ April 8, 2011


Information is provided as a courtesy to users of this website. Though the JNTO endeavors to ensure the information is accurate, users of the information are to act on such using their own judgement and at their own risk. Neither the JNTO nor any holder of copyright to the information shall be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any loss or misunderstanding, either direct or indirect, that is incurred as a result of utilizing the information.

Japan Highlight


Japan Highlight

Explore Japan's Iconic Destinations.



Fantastic insight into Japan's diverse history.

Central Japan

The Majesty and Mystery of Central Japan

Unfold Japan's many secrets gracefully and generously.



The Japanese sense of luxury - a pinnacle of service and quality.



Satisfy the most discerning of palettes, as well as the strictest of budgets.

Ski in Japan

Ski in Japan

A diamond in the rough for ski enthusiasts and families worldwide.

Modern Art

Modern Art

Visualize Japan's treasured heritage and its cutting-edge future.

Pop Culture

Pop Culture

Explore everything Japanese pop culture has to offer.


Heart of Hokkaido

Discover the wild charms of Japan’s northern frontier.



Breathtaking cruises around Japan.

Ski in Japan

Stop Over

3 reasons to stopover in Japan.


Off the Beaten Path

Explore the undiscovered region in 7 days.


Affordable Tips

Make a trip to Japan enjoyable and affordable.