Heads up! We’re working hard to be accurate – but these are unusual times, so please always check before heading out.
Read before you go: Here are the official notices from park authorities regarding cherry blossom activities at the respective venues.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s cherry blossom season feels a little different. Festivals have been cancelled and many parks have discouraged hanami picnics to stop people from gathering. To keep you up to date on all the blossoms, we've done the legwork to show you photos from different sakura destinations in Tokyo, so you can follow the blooming cycle from home.
The sakura in Tokyo started blooming a full 12 days earlier than usual this year. While the official forecast predicted trees would reach mankai (full bloom) on March 22, we've noticed in some areas that the flowers are only just budding.
With some planning, it’s still possible to see the sakura and get some fresh air while social distancing. Consider walking instead of taking the train, opt out of hanami parties and avoid crowded areas. Luckily, cherry blossoms can be found throughout Tokyo – save the more famous locations for next year.
RECOMMENDED: Watch these soothing videos of cherry blossoms from various parts of Japan (don't miss the drone one)