Cherry Blossom Season is Coming!

According to the cherry blossom forecast, southern Ishikawa is due for cherry blossoms beginning around 31 March and northern Ishikawa will start to see blossoms around 5 April.

Edit: This was the 3/5 forecast. Due to changes in the weather, the sakura forecast for all of Ishikawa has been postponed to 4/5 as of 3/12. Please keep checking the website for details.

Check here for good viewing locations in Ishikawa and other prefectures; when you click on one, it will give you a weather forecast, directions/location, and a rating of how far in bloom the blossoms are.

In the meantime, there are plenty of sakura-flavored things to enjoy while we wait!

At Malga Gelato in Noto-cho and Nonoichi, try the sakura ice cream.

From Starbucks's offical site

At Starbucks all across Japan, try a sakura steamer or a sakura frappachino with a side of sakura cake.

Matcha-Sakura KitKats from the official Japanese KitKat website

At grocery stores, look for sakura-flavored KitKats, breads, and other seasonal goodies. I am particularly fond of sakura mochi (さくらもち 桜餅). Look around the store-made breads and sweets section for these.

Enjoy the sakura and sakura-flavored foods while they last!

Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and really made a point to enjoy Malga’s sakura gelato this spring.


2 thoughts on “Cherry Blossom Season is Coming!

  1. That’s a great cherry blossom map! Good find 🙂

    And as for the Starbucks Sakura Steamer…I have to vote NO on that one. If you do get it, be sure you try the smallest size. It tasted a little salty to me somehow…

    Sakura cake I’m more open to 🙂

  2. I think they put salt on it to balance the sweetness. I rather liked it myself. The 蒸しパン is really good, too.

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