Featured image: Sakura season at Chidori-ga-fuchi. Photo: Shutterstock
Things are looking rosier in Japan as the annual cherry blossom (sakura) season bursts into life — and it’s coming to a small screen near you. If you’re pining that missed holiday to Japan or have always wanted to experience one of the viewing festivals (called hanami), tune in now. Because although many events are still on hold, some popular Tokyo viewing sites are sharing real-time webcams and pre-recorded virtual experiences.
Enjoy the iconic sakura spectacle in real time at Chidori-ga-fuchi right here. This ‘grammable waterway in the centre of Tokyo was once part of the moat surrounding the Edo Castle. Today it’s one of the city’s most famous areas to enjoy hanami thanks to the flowering cherry trees which grow along the sides of what was once the ancient moat.
Or, for a relaxing drift through the neighbourhood of Nihonbashi (home to some of the oldest flowering cherry trees in Tokyo’s centre), see Virtual Japan’s 37-minute video which was recently shot near the Fukutoku Shrine. The trees here have a particularly bright pink colour and are called ‘Kawazu Sakura’. Want to get even closer? There’s also a range of paid ticketed virtual tours streaming live from renowned cherry blossom viewing locations around the city.
Although early April was traditionally the start of sakura season, and celebrated as a time of new beginnings, the much-anticipated blooms have started to open in March and can still be enjoyed in the Okutama countryside (in Tokyo’s west) well into April. The season works its way north as the weather warms up.
What: Sakura (cherry blossom) season in Tokyo, Japan
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Couples will love: Dipping into one of the world’s most romantic natural spectacles.
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