In Okayama every year during the Japanese spring (mid April) there is a sakura (Japanese for cherry blossom) viewing festival. Cherry blossom viewing in Japan is known as hanami 『花見』.These cherry blossom trees are against the Asahi River which runs through Okayama city.

Here’s a panorama I made from the festival.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura at Okayama Panorama)
Panorama of the Okayama cherry blossom festival. Click the image above to view a larger high quality photo.

This photo was taken near Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden, close to the city center.

Depending on the location in Japan, the best time to see the cherry blossom trees and attend a Japanese cherry blossom festival is usually around April in the Japanese spring. This can vary from March to May for places further south and north.

Take a look at ‘Japanese Cherry Blossom – Photos and Info‘ for more photos of the cherry blossom.