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Cherry Blossom (sakura) Season is late March to early April!


The first cherry blossom forecast for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, etc, 2018 was released on 25 January and it is being updated on Blog Tokyo Direct Diary until May.


Check Out Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast for Japan 2018 NOW!!



Plum (apricot/ume) blossoms are blooming now! The peak is late February to March.


The famous Plum Blossom Festival in Mito is 17 February - 31 March, 2018.
See photos and sightseeing guides from here.


Inside Tokyo City, you will see plum blossoms in temples, shrines, Japanese gardens and some local streets.


Hamarikyu Garden: Plum (Ume) Blossoms in Hamarikyu Garden - Japanese Early Spring


Shiba Park: Plum (Ume) Blossoms in Shiba Park - Japanese Early Spring This park is located at the foot of Tokyo Tower.


Koishkawa Korakuen Gardens: See the travel guide


Mukojima Hyakka-en Gardens: Plum Blossoms & Early-Blooming Cherry Blossoms in Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden


Tokyo National Museum in Ueno opens its Japanese garden to visitors in the cherry blossom season!


13 March - 20 May, 10:00 - 16:00 (It's one month longer than usual years in 2018!)
(10:00 - 19:30 on 30, 31 March, 6, 7 April)
Closed on Monday


Why not meet Japanese and East Asian arts with the beautiful Japanese garden?
Blog Post: The Best Things at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno: full of old & important arts! with general information


Rikugien Garden lights up its famous weeping (drooping) cherry tree!


Opening Hours: 9:00 - 21:00 (open until late for the lighting up.)
Hoe to Get to Rikugien Garden
Lighting Up: 21 March - 5 April, sunset - 21:00 (Entrance by 20:30)
The Full-Blooming Weeping Cherry Tree in the Japanese Garden of Rikugien - photos & reports


About the matcha cafes in Rikugien Garden - Blog Post: Autumn Leaves & Genuine Matcha in Rikugien Garden




Autumn Colors' peak is late November to early December in Tokyo.
Links to Blog: Autumn Colors in Tokyo City #01 - Red Maple Leaves & Genuine Matcha in Rikugien Garden and more!


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