It's no secret that Japan's world-famous cherry blossoms are a popular reason for visiting the incredible destination (seriously, add it to your bucket-list). Now, thanks to an official forecast, travellers are being told to pack their bags a little earlier this year.
Usually flowering early April, the bubble-gum-pink blossoms are expected to appear as early as mid-March in the Kochi Prefecture due to warmer temperatures. Predicted to follow, Fukuoka's blooms are forecasted for mid- to late-March, while Nagoya, Tokyo and Hiroshima are expected late-March. If you've already booked a Japan getaway for April, though, you'll still be able to see plenty of gorgeous cherry blossoms throughout the month.
To find out more about Japan's cherry blossoms, visit the Japan National Tourism Organisation website here.