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Ultimate guide to cherry blossom season in Tokyo

It's the prettiest time of year in Tokyo – see the 2021 cherry blossom forecast, best sakura viewing spots, and more

By Lim Chee Wah

Read before you go: Here are the official notices from park authorities regarding cherry blossom activities at the respective venues.

Sakura, or cherry blossoms, are 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 find the essence of the season in the city's many food and drink offerings, from sakura-flavoured lattes to pretty desserts featuring the beautiful petals. 

Although hanami will look a little different this year as large gatherings are discouraged at many Tokyo parks, we've pulled together a guide to help you make the most of the sakura season – yes, Instagram inspiration included. Plus, we've also compiled a list of sakura facts that will make you seem like an expert in no time. 

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