Cherry Blossom Forecast for Japan (2017)

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Cherry Blossoms, they are swooned over during picnics. They are painstakingly painted. They are obsessed over in poems. They are cited as a symbol of the transient nature of life, and they are sprinkled on Starbucks lattes. They make cookies and cakes with it, they sleep in bed made of Cherry blossom! well the last part is an exaggeration but you get the picture right?

Millions of people ready their smartphones or their best camera to take the best shots and show off to their friends on social media, another group of people make plans around the time these flowers stars blooming to make a trip to the most popular cities of Japan.

Thanks to a private weather service Weathermap (Japanese) we have an early forecast of the Cherry Blossom season, known in Japan as Sakura (桜), so you can start planning your trip ahead of time.

Bear in mind that the following forecast, are estimates and may change overtime due to climatic conditions. The most important factor in determining the blooming time of cherry trees is the geographical location. Generally, the milder the climate, the earlier the blossoms open.

On Japan’s southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom as late as May. In most major cities in between, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April.

Cherry Blossom Forecast for Major Cities

Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Tokyo March 26 April 2 to 10
Kyoto March 29 April 4 to 12
Osaka March 29 April 4 to 12
Nagoya March 26 April 2 to 10
Fukuoka March 25 April 2 to 10

 

Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku

Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Fukuoka March 25 April 2 to 10
Kagoshima March 30 April 6 to 14
Kumamoto March 26 April 2 to 10
Hiroshima March 28 April 3 to 11
Matsuyama March 27 April 4 to 12
Takamatsu March 30 April 6 to 14

 

Kansai

Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Kyoto March 29 April 4 to 12
Osaka March 29 April 4 to 12
Nara March 29 April 4 to 12
Yoshino No forecast available yet *

 

Kanto and Chubu

Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Tokyo March 26 April 2 to 10
Nagoya March 26 April 2 to 10
Yokohama March 26 April 2 to 10
Kanazawa April 4 April 8 to 16
Takayama No forecast available yet *
Matsumoto No forecast available yet *
Fuji Five Lakes No forecast available yet *

 

Tohoku and Hokkaido

Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Fukushima No forecast available yet *
Sendai No forecast available yet *
Kitakami No forecast available yet *
Kakunodate No forecast available yet *
Hirosaki No forecast available yet *
Hakodate No forecast available yet *
Sapporo No forecast available yet *

 

さくら開花前線

* Forecast could be updated any time as soon the information is available, but you can check for the forecast at Weathermap.

 

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