Cherry Blossom Varieties You will see in Japan right now

Which cherry blossom varieties are blooming right now?

It is the middle of the cherry blossom blooming period.

The forecast from the Japan Weather Association indicates that next week is going to be full bloom in Kanto (e.g. Tokyo), Chubu (e.g. Nagoya) , Kansai (e.g. Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara), Chugoku (e.g. Hiroshima) and Shikoku area (e.g. Matsuyama).

There are 3 main variety of flowers is going to be fully bloomed next week and you will see them everywhere in Japan.

1. Somei Yoshino (Yoshino Cherry)

Average blooming period in Tokyo: early April

Cultivated during the Edo Period in Tokyo, the Somei Yoshino is by far the most popular cherry tree in Japan. Somei Yoshino trees has delicate, single white, sometime pink, 5-petaled blossoms.

2. Yamazakura (Hill Cherry)


Average blooming period in Tokyo: early April

The Yamazakura (also known as Wild Cherry) is the most common cherry tree variety in Japan and actually grows wild in nature, as opposed to cultivared varieties such as the Somei Yoshino. Its blossoms are slightly pink and have five, relatively small petals. The Yamazakura’s fresh leaves develop at the same time as the blossoms.

3. Shidarezakura (Weeping Cherry)

Average blooming period in Tokyo: early April

Weeping cherry trees have drooping branches and are among the most common and loved cherry trees in Japan. There are two types: trees who’s blossoms have five petals and trees with blossoms of more than five petals. The latter are called Yaeshidarezakura and bloom about a week later than the 5-petal ones.

What are you waiting for? Go and check out the cherry blossoms in Japan, if you are there!

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