Cherry blosom dating
Japan is known as a country of manners, and that extends to cherry blossom viewing.Many of the cherry trees in Tokyo date back to the Edo period (1603-1867), so they are becoming more fragile.Different varieties bloom at different times, but most hit their peak in Tokyo at the end of March to the beginning of April.
And the planning starts as early as December, sometimes even earlier.
The cherry blossoms herald the beginning of spring after a chilly winter, but they mean so much more.
Sakura flowers are a bittersweet reminder that beauty is fleeting.
Yozakura: cherry blossoms illuminated at night You can see cherry blossoms across the city, from a few trees clustered near a train station, to fast swaths of parkland; it all depends how you want to experience them.
For the iconic photo, stroll the gardens of Chidorigafuchi near the Imperial Palace; the sight of rowboats plying through the petal-strewn water is a classic.