The cherry blossoms—or sakura—turn the green landscape pink throughout spring, but peak Hanami depends on where you're heading within Japan.
In Tokyo, for example, the first blooms are set to appear on March 30 and should be in full bloom on April 6. Other first blooms include March 21 for Nagasaki, March 29 for Osaka, and March 28 for Kyoto, so there’s still plenty of time to arrange some flights and grab a hotel or ryokan reservation.
Take a few minutes to check out their official tourism site, as it’s pretty darn great. Clicking on each location and date reveals the prediction, as well as the historical averages for the spring season. It's perfect for helping you plan your viewing party. Details are available in both a listing as well as a map, so that's twice the number of distractions while you’re stuck at work today.