The first cherry blossoms have bloomed in Japan! That's right, as we enjoy the glorious winter here in Niseko and the immense snowfall, the first blossoms are out in Shizuoka's, Kawazu City, in Japan's main island.

The great news is travellers to Niseko over the next couple of months can look to enjoy a ski holiday and spectacular cherry blossom viewing, all in one trip.

With the very first cherry blossoms in Japan having bloomed only days ago in Shizuoka's Kawazu City, it sparks the beginning of the famous, annual cherry blossom, or sakura, bloom.

Shizuoka Sakura

The first sakura blooms for 2017 in Shizuoka's Kawazu City.

Approximately 8000 cherry blossom trees line the Kawazu River, with the full bloom having started on February 15th, and will be in bloom until early March. If you're stopping via Toyko during your itinerary, why not make a trip to Kawazu City, located about two hours and 40 minutes away via the Odoriko train.

Alternatively, if you're headed to Niseko via Tokyo in later March, why not see the picture-perfect sakura in Toyko? The Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) has released their third cherry blossom forecast just days ago on February 16th, with the forecast start of flowering in Tokyo as March 19th, and full bloom predicted for March 28th.


Cherry blossoms in Kawazu City. Photo: Kyodo News on February 15th.

With March a great time to visit Niseko, with special family-friendly ski holiday discounts, and great weather, why not tie in some magnificent cherry blossoms viewing seeing as part of your Japan experience. With late-March blossoming in much of the Kanto region, early April will also be a a great viewing time so you could also stop by Tokyo on your way home to take in the sights!

Many other regions in Japan offer the spectacular sakura bloom too, like Kyoto and Osaka, with flowering forecast to begin from March 26th and 27th with full bloom from April 3rd so you can tailor your trip to suit you.

Cherry Blossoms are forecasted in Hokkaido at the end of April!

Enjoy the sakura bloom in Japan this year while travelling to Niseko.

Sakura Zensen 2017

Cherry Blossom Flowering Forecast Map by Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC).

Plan your Niseko holiday now and get ready to experience a ski holiday, plus the beautiful sakura, all in one special trip.

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Sofie Lahtinen

Posted on 22 February, 2017 by Sofie Lahtinen in Niseko Central News.