Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are a well known icon of Japan. They are seen in
Japanese art, cuisine, anime, photographs and even are depicted on the 100 yen coin. The beauty and elegance of the cherry blossoms make them a must see for many tourists visiting Japan, however there are some important things that tourists should consider.
The first thing that Japan bound tourists with the desire to see sakura should consider is that they do not bloom all year long and when they bloom varies depending on the location. Here in Okinawa sakura bloom as early as late December where as in Hokkaido they bloom as late as May. Of course other factors including weather can change the time when the sakura bloom.
Sakura don’t stay around for very long either. In most cases the flowers become fully bloomed about a week after opening and a week after that they will start to fall from the trees. Rain and wind can also factor in making the season even shorter.
Despite the challenge of getting to Japan for just the right time sakura viewing is well worth the trouble. The blooms are absolutely beautiful especially on a clear day. Here in Okinawa there are also a wide variety of animals which come out to enjoy what the flowers have to offer including bats, ryukyu white eyes, butterflies and bees. For nature enthusiasts this is the absolute best time to get out!