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Hundreds of cherry trees decorate the moats of former Edo Castle around Kitanomaru Park, creating one of Tokyo's most outstanding cherry blossom sights.
In addition to the delay, the NPS estimates that about half the cherry blossoms didn't survive the cold snap. "Although the bitter cold temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week killed virtually all of the blossoms that had reached 'puffy white,' (the fifth of six stages in the bloom cycle), blossoms from earlier stages forced open showed little if any damage," NPS spokesman Mike Litterst said in a statement.
Every year, as the plum blossoms begin to bloom in winter, people start wondering when the nation’s other iconic flower will start appearing, this time on the branches of sakura trees around the country.
Cherry blossom forecasts are here to help, and the Japan Meteorological Corporation just released its very first prediction of the year for the blossoming of the Somei-Yoshino cherry trees, the most widespread type of cherry blossom in the country.
If you miss the cherry blossom period in Tokyo, however, there’s still a chance to catch the blossoms in other areas at a later time.
With hotels likely to book up quickly, now is the time to make those holiday travel plans!The Chureito Pagoda is a recently built pagoda in the hills of Fujiyoshida City across from Mount Fuji attracts photographers around the year, but particularly so in mid April during the cherry blossom season when the pagoda seems to float in a sea of cherry blossoms. On weekends and holidays during the cherry blossom season, take a shuttle bus from Akagi Station (30 minutes) or Maebashi Station (1 hour). It features a two kilometer long road lined with over 1000 cherry trees that form a beautiful cherry blossom tunnel when in bloom.