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Question skiing and cherry blossoms?

Discussion in 'Japan' started by argento, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. argento

    argento Hard Yards

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    Thinking of skiing in Hokkaido and trying to get to Kyushu for the cherry blossom bloom but unsure whether the timing will work out.
    those more experience, when those the bloom usually occur in Kyushu? I know the the bloom is very hard to predict with a two week error margin....
    also, late March in Hokkaido?
     
  2. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Most of central and southern Honshu, is around very late March, early April. Hokkaido is around late April, early May.
    Kyushu is maybe a week or less earlier than central Honshu.
     
  3. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    We managed with the parents year before last.
    We booked a few nights in Hiroshima and a few nights in Tokyo, we were prepared to change dates if required but it looked like we would get peak bloom in Hiroshima, yet would be late in Tokyo - and that’s what happened.

    Some people we met in Tokyo had booked holidays from Australia JUST TO SEE the Cherry Blossoms and “missed them”. They were devestated. What I couldn’t understand was why they didn’t get active and book a train journey to where ever they WERE in bloom. It’s a big country and blooms happen at different times all over the country.

    Follow the Cherry Blossom guide, and be prepared to be flexible - maybe book a week in and around Kyushu to be safer.
    https://www.jnto.go.jp/sakura/eng/index.php

    As for March in Hokkaido for skiing - it’s usually fabulous. Last two seasons less so, there have been long dry spells. But on balance it’s a great time of year for skiing.
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    ALSO, if you want to see them, there's a park in Hachioji (NE suburb of Tokyo) that has a cherry blossom park that has numerous varieties that bloom from early March until May.
    The tree variety around Japan all bloom together at each location dependent on climate, so all/most bloom at the same time near my place.......but there are two trees that bloom 3 weeks earlier, and one other that blooms 2+ weeks later.
     
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  5. telenomore

    telenomore One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    @argento not sure if you are a backcountry skier, but this pic was May 5 just near Furano, great backcountry skiing and full blossoms.
     
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  6. argento

    argento Hard Yards

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    :emoji_astonished:

    What a pic, telenomore!! not a backcounty skier unfortunately.
    thanks Sandy and LMB for the input too!
     
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  7. Ecstatic

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    What a amazing part of the world you live in Telenomore, an awesome winter playground with a long season, the offseason looks magic and some of the best food and beer you could ask for. Do you ever pinch yourself?
     
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