Viewing cherry blossoms aka Sakura is one of the most important and fun traditions in Japan.
More information on how much Japanese people love cherry blossoms can be found in this article,
“Cherry Blossom Fever in Kyoto“.
Kyoto has a plenty of great Sakura viewing spots such as Toji Temple, the Philosopher’s Path, Nijo Castle, Maruyama Park; the list goes on and on. The catch is that these blossoms do not last for long. Therefore it is important to forecast when they will open their pretty petals.
As of this writing (February 7th 2016) the big day will be March 29th, according to Japan Weather Association. This means, assuming that this forecast is correct, that the best time to view the cherry blossoms this year will be from April 2nd to 9th.
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