As of March 16, tenki.jp forecasts that the cherry blossoms in Kumamoto will begin to open on Wednesday, March 23 and full bloom is expected on Saturday, April 2.
The Japan National Travel Organization also has a very handy English site with background information on the cherry blossoms, such as the various types of blossoms you can find and a guide on “how to hanami” (cherry blossom viewing).
Here’s a table of some of the more famous spots for cherry blossoms in Kumamoto. As always, it’s not a comprehensive list, so don’t worry, you can easily find great spots closer to where you are in Kumamoto as well (they may even be less crowded!). This list will be updated with more information as it becomes available, please feel free to send in any suggestions you have for more sights to view cherry blossoms! Continue reading