Cherry blossom (sakura) season is one of the best times to visit Japan, with the colourful trees painting a beautiful landscape across the cities and countryside. Friends, families, colleagues join together for a “hanami”, which is a picnic under the cherry blossom trees. It’s a fun time of year and a celebration.
The Japanese see symbolism in the cherry blossoms. They appear for only a few weeks once a year and represent the transient nature of life, from birth to death.
I had personally wanted to see the cherry blossom season in Japan for a long time, and had luckily managed to catch it in Japan’s 5th largest city, Sapporo.
The trees start blooming in the south of the country and work there way north, ending on the island of Hokkaido, where Sapporo is located.
Although you wont get to see the typical pictures of a temple surrounded by sakura in places like Kyoto etc, you will be able to feel what the cherry blossom season is about, seeing the local people having hanami parties in the park, and the city brightened up by the trees colours.
The great thing with Sapporo is that there is way less tourists than in Tokyo, Kyoto at that time of year, and you will get a local experience of the cherry blossom season. It’s a very relaxed city.
Sakura In Sapporo
A hanami under a sakura tree with friends.
Posing for a photo with the sakura trees is a popular thing to do.
Children play with the falling petals.
Colleagues taking photo together.
Adding bright colour to the cityscape.
The glow of pink in the background from the cherry blossom trees.
In the park.
A lone sakura tree.
Families, friends, and colleagues having a hanami.
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