Edited by Lesley Marchant
While travel within Japan is permitted, the COVID-19 restrictions for foreign nationals remain stringent (Sep 25, 2020) with all leisure travel currently barred and business travel expected to resume relatively soon. But there’s reason to be optimistic. A partial reopening of the country’s borders to foreign travelers is predicted for the end of 2020 – which means it’s likely travel will resume just in time for the 2021 cherry blossom season!
If you’re hoping to plan a trip to Kyoto for early 2021, be sure to stay up-to-date with the current regulations before booking any travel. And if everything goes according to plan and you’re lucky enough to book a trip that coincides with Japan’s most magical time of the year, read on for all the information you need about sakura season in Kyoto.
The magical season of cherry blossoms, or sakura, as they’re called in Japan, is one of the most important annual events in the country. Each spring, Kyoto is transformed into a fairytale by the explosion of pastel pink sakura blossoms appearing everywhere, from river banks to temple gardens. Cherry blossom viewing is such a unique and anticipated tradition that there is even a word, hanami, used to describe it. But when is cherry blossom season in Kyoto? And where are the best cherry blossom viewing spots? Is there a cherry blossom festival in Kyoto? Check out my local guide to hanami and discover the best sakura spots to enjoy the 2021 Kyoto cherry blossom season like a local!