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Ultimate guide to cherry blossom season in Tokyo

Everything you need to know about the prettiest time of year in Tokyo – from the 2020 cherry blossom forecast to the best sakura viewing spots, and more

By Chee Wah Lim
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Sakura, or cherry blossoms, have become synonymous with Japan. Mention spring and chances are, you'll imagine trees bursting with delicate blooms of white and pink lining the rivers and dotting the parks everywhere in Tokyo.

There's a ritual of sorts (known as 'hanami') that locals adhere to when enjoying this fleeting season, which lasts only for a couple of weeks at most. However, rest assured, even after the flowers have withered, you'll still discover the essence of the season in the city's many food and drink offerings, from sakura-flavoured latte to pretty desserts featuring the beautiful petals. 

So here is a guide to help you make the most of the sakura season – yes, pretty Instagram inspiration included. Plus, we've also compiled a list of sakura facts that will make you seem like an expert in no time. 

RECOMMENDED: Not in Japan? Catch these incredibly soothing virtual cherry blossom videos

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