One of the busiest times in Kyoto is sakura, when the city explodes with cherry blossoms (and visitors). The timing changes every year depending on the temperature, but the cherry blossoms usually bloom in March or April. The Japanese language is rich in phrases that describe the transition of the cherry blossom, from the first flowers (hatsu hana) to the flower blizzard (hana fubuki). If you visit during this time, don’t miss the lantern festival, Hanatouro.

Written by Christiane Deiters

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