Japan’s 2018 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Japan’s 2018 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Update: 3 March 2018

In Japan, the appearance of cherry blossoms, known as sakura, signals the beginning of spring. The arrival of these flowers is an annual event so significant, that there are forecasts pinpointing exactly when and where the flowers are expected to bloom. From an outsider's perspective, this may seem excessive. However, when taking into account the fact that sakura are only in bloom for a maximum of about two weeks, it's understandable that people would want to find out both the ‘kaika’ (blooming) and ‘mankai’ (full bloom) predictions in order to make the most out of the ‘hanami’ (flower viewing) season.

When Will Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Tokyo 2018?

When Will Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Tokyo 2018?

On February 1, the Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) released its latest 2018 cherry blossom forecast. The forecast is based on various factors, such as the low temperatures during autumn and winter, cumulative temperatures, past area data, and cherry tree growth status.

For 2018, it is predicted that Tokyo’s sakura blossoms will reach peak blooming around March 26.

Fukuoka should be seeing blossoms a day later than Tokyo on March 23, while Nagoya and Shizuoka will have to wait until March 20.

Sakura in Kyoto should begin flowering on March 29, followed by Osaka on March 30. However, some areas in southern Kyushu are expected to open up to a week later than usual, such as Kagoshima, with blossoms predicted to open April 2.

Later Blossoms in Northern Japan

Later Blossoms in Northern Japan

In the colder areas of Northern Japan, cherry blossom season typically occurs later than the rest of the country. Sakura in Aomori in the Tohoku Region are predicted to open April 24. The last cherry blossoms predicted to open will be in Hokkaido: Hakodate on April 30, Sapporo on May 3.

Hokkaido and Tohoku Region

Hakodate (Hokkaido)
Forecast flowering:
April 30
Forecast full bloom:
May 4
Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Forecast flowering:
May 3
Forecast full bloom:
May 6
Aomori (Aomori Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 24
Forecast full bloom:
April 28
Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 10
Forecast full bloom:
April 14
Fukushima (Fukushima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 9
Forecast full bloom:
April 13

Kanto-Koushin Region

Tokyo
Forecast flowering:
March 20
Forecast full bloom:
March 28
Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 24
Forecast full bloom:
April 1
Kofu (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 25
Forecast full bloom:
April 2
Nagano (Nagano Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 11
Forecast full bloom:
April 16

Hokuriku and Tokai Region

Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 6
Forecast full bloom:
April 11
Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 22
Forecast full bloom:
March 31

Kinki Region

Kyoto (Kyoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 27
Forecast full bloom:
April 4
Osaka (Osaka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 26
Forecast full bloom:
April 3
Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 28
Forecast full bloom:
April 6
Nara (Nara Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 29
Forecast full bloom:
April 5

Chugoku and Shikoku Region

Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 23
Forecast full bloom:
April 2
Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 25
Forecast full bloom:
April 4

Kyushu Region

Fukuoka (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 21
Forecast full bloom:
March 30
Kumamoto (Kumamoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 22
Forecast full bloom:
March 31

Based on information available on the Japan Meteorological Corporation's website. Current as of February 2, 2018.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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