Cherry Blossom Report 2018

Yikes, everything is blooming crazy early this year! Here are a few highlights, as each day unfolds. For directions and maps, head over to The Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo

For where to take the best photos of both early-blooming and late-blooming cherry blossoms, along with maps of where to find each variety in the gardens, click over to Where to Take the Best Cherry Blossom Photos in Tokyo.

April 2, 2018

Shinjuku Gyouen Garden – Shinjuku

April 2, 2018, the regular cherry blossoms are finished and falling, and the late-blooming cherry blossoms are coming into full bloom

April 2, 2018, the regular cherry blossoms are finished and falling, and the late-blooming cherry blossoms are coming into full bloom

Other gardens with fantastic late-blooming cherry trees are at Where to See The Best Late-Blooming Cherry Blossoms In Tokyo

March 30, 2018

Showa Kinen Park – Tachikawa

March 30, 2018, outside Tokyo, in the colder parks, the cherries that bloom at the regular time are just hitting peak bloom

March 30, 2018, outside Tokyo, in the colder parks, the cherries that bloom at the regular time are just hitting peak bloom

March 30, 2018, outside Tokyo, in the colder parks, the cherries that bloom at the regular time are just hitting peak bloom and early-blooming bulbs are in full bloom too

March 30, 2018, outside Tokyo, in the colder parks, the cherries that bloom at the regular time are just hitting peak bloom. Later blooming bulbs, like tulips, are just beginning

March 29, 2018

Jindai Botanical Garden – Chofu

March 29, 2018, weeping cherries in full bloom (the last of the regular kind to pop)

March 29, 2018, weeping cherries in full bloom (the last of the regular kind to pop)

March 29, 2018, cherries that bloom at the usual time in full bloom and starting to fall

March 29, 2018, cherries that bloom at the usual time in full bloom and starting to fall

March 29, 2018, cherries that bloom at the usual time in full bloom and starting to fall

…and at the nearby river:

March 29, 2018, Cherries that bloom at the regular time are magnificent at the river near the Jindai Botanical Gardens

Meguro River – Nakameguro

March 29, 2018, cherries that bloom at the regular time are starting to fall. (Also, FYI, they’ve added super bright white lighting to the river, so only the cherry blossoms on the edges are lit by the lanterns now)

March 27, 2018

Shingashi River – Kawagoe

March 27, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 27, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 27, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 27, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 27, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 26, 2018

Imperial Palace Moat – Kudanshita

March 26, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time already in full bloom!

March 26, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time already in full bloom!

March 26, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time already in full bloom!

March 26, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time already in full bloom!

March 26, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time already in full bloom!

March 26, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time already in full bloom!

March 23, 2018

Meguro River – Nakameguro

March 23, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 23, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 23, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 23, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 23, 2018, cherry variety that blooms at the typical cherry blossom time

March 20, 2018

Shinjuku Gyouen Garden – Shinjuku

March 20, 2018, early blooming variety

March 20, 2018, early blooming variety

March 20, 2018, early blooming variety

For all the spots I haven’t checked yet – but are certain to also be in full bloom – head over to The Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo and you’ll find lots more pinkness! For maps to places that have the best ones for taking pictures, go here: Where to Take the Best Cherry Blossom Photos in Tokyo.

Here are my favorite places to see Cherry Blossoms Lit Up At Night and here are The Best Secret Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo.

When not out ogling cherry blossoms, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with two strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more