Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Bloom Announced, Evening Sakura Illumination Starts at Shukkeien on the Same Day

On March 25, 2024 (Monday), it was announced that the Somei Yoshino cherry blossom trees at Shukkeien Garden bloomed with more than five flowers, marking the beginning of the cherry blossom season in Hiroshima.

Originally predicted to occur around March 22, the blooming was delayed to the 25th due to continued rain and dropping temperatures. While it is six days later than last year, it is considered to be on par with the average bloom time.

In Shukkeien Garden, a popular tourist spot in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, evening cherry blossom illuminations will commence from the same day. Normally, the garden closes at 6 p.m., but during the illumination period, the opening hours will be extended until 9 p.m., allowing visitors to enjoy the enchanting nighttime cherry blossoms in the Japanese garden.

During this period, a temporary shop reminiscent of Edo-era tea houses called “Niwaka Fe” will be set up in the garden. Staff dressed in kimono attire will serve matcha tea and sweet sake for visitors to enjoy.

The night cherry blossom illumination will be held until Wednesday, April 3, but unfortunately, there seems to be a high chance of rainy weather forecasted throughout the period. So, it’s advisable to check the weather forecast and prepare rain gear before heading out.