All Things Sakura 2018

9 Articles to Read Before Your First Hanami For The Season

By The Savvy Team
March 23, 2018

The temperatures are rising, the winter coats are traded for lighter jackets and the buds on cherry trees have already started opening, which means it’s time for one of our favorite Japanese traditions: hanami (cherry blossom viewing).

But before you head to your first event of the season, we’ve got you back with all of the details so you’re superbly sakura-savvy. Here are nine Savvy Tokyo articles to read before planning your amazing sakura adventures for the year.


1. 8 Of Tokyo’s Most Beautiful Sakura Viewing Spots


A quick guide to the capital’s best cherry blossom viewing spots. From the Meguro River to Tokyo Midtown, this article will help you build the perfect travel itinerary for the sakura season in Tokyo.


2. All You Need to Know About Japanese Cherry Blossoms


Real sakura fans can never be satisfied just looking at the pretty flowers — they want to know all about them. So Savvy has an article introducing you to the secrets of every sakura petal; their types and differences. After this, you’ll easily be able to tell your friends and family differences between kawazuzakura and someisyoshino.


3. Tokyo on Foot: Meguro River Cherry Blossom Walk


Contributor Cheryl White takes you on a relaxed journey on foot along the Meguro River — one of Tokyo’s most popular and picturesque cherry blossom viewing destinations.


4. 12 Irresistible Sakura-Flavored Treats To Try This Spring


Looking for the perfect cherry blossom gift to bring back home? Or do you just have a sweet tooth for all things sakura? These 12 sakura-inspired sweets and drinks will have you drooling over the photos and then running around Tokyo in search of them.


5. Tokyo’s Top Family-Friendly Hanami Spots


While hanami often involves the consumption of alcohol and is a popular corporate outing in the spring, it’s also a great way for families to spend time together outdoors, while letting the kids blow off some steam. Here are the Tokyo’s best family-friendly cherry blossom viewing spots.


6. 10 Of Tokyo’s Best Sakura-Themed Events And Specials For 2018


The sakura experience in Japan isn’t limited to just sitting under the trees and admiring the pink canopy — the sakura is everywhere: in hotels, in shows, and in the food we eat in March and April. Here are 10 of Tokyo’s best sakura-themed events and seasonal specials for 2018.


7. Recipe: Sakura Mochi


Start preparing for the cherry blossom season by learning a few key Japanese treats that are commonly eaten during this special season. This is a quick guide to cooking the famed sakura mochi — you’ll be surprised to learn how easy it is to make yourself!


8. The Fine Line Between Sakura And Romance


The hanami season in Japan symbolizes both ends and beginnings: the end of the cold winter days, end of school, end of your last job — or residence. Simultaneously, it also opens the buds of everything new in the Japanese people’s lives: new jobs, new academic year and even relocation. Is it accidental that this also implies to relationships? Not really. This article tells you why.


9. 6 Ways Japanese Spring Can Cure The Blues (Like It Cured Mine)


Spring is all about new beginnings. This article tells the story of a Kiwi woman who became very homesick after coming to Japan and how the Japanese spring helped her change her perspective and move on.


Bonus: My Tokyo, My Way

Last, but not least, don’t forget to submit your best sakura shots of the year for a chance to have your shots featured on Savvy Tokyo and win a fabulous prize! Check out all details of our Savvy Tokyo Sakura Photo Contest here.

Bonus II: Sakura Across Japan

If you live outside Tokyo or you simply can’t wait to learn more about other amazing sakura spots across the country, check out this amazing guide to all of Japan’s cherry blossoms, all the way from Hokkaido to Kyushu (apologies to everyone in Okinawa: the blossoms have already ended there…)