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Japan 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast: When and where to see sakura in Tokyo, Kyoto and beyond!

Japan 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast: When and where to see sakura in Tokyo, Kyoto and beyond!

Date published: 3 March 2018
Last updated: 5 November 2018

Although Japan's 2019 cherry blossom forecast is not yet published, you can check out last year's actual bloom dates here! 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 2019?

It's still a bit too early to be forecasting when the cherry blossoms will bloom. The Japan Meteorological Agency typically starts publishing their earliest forecast in December, ahead of the first blooms in Okinawa.

With reports of some cherry blossoms opening in some areas unseasonably early in autumn 2018, it is anticipated that cherry blossoms will bloom early in 2019 as well. You can still check out Japan's cherry blossom forecast for last year below as a reference for when planning your trip!

When Did Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Tokyo in 2018?

When Did Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Tokyo in 2018?

The Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC)'s cherry blossom 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, Tokyo’s sakura blossoms reached peak bloom around March 24.

Fukuoka saw blossoms slightly earlier than Tokyo on March 19, around the same time as Nagoya and Shizuoka.

Sakura in Kyoto flowered on March 22, slightly later than Osaka on March 20.

Source: Japan Meteorological Agency website (https://www.data.jma.go.jp/sakura/data/)

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 opened on April 19. The last cherry blossoms opened were in Hokkaido: Hakodate on April 25, Sapporo on April 26.

Hokkaido and Tohoku Region

Hakodate (Hokkaido)
Forecast flowering:
April 25
Forecast full bloom:
April 28
Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Forecast flowering:
April 26
Forecast full bloom:
April 29
Aomori (Aomori Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 19
Forecast full bloom:
April 22
Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 30
Forecast full bloom:
April 4
Fukushima (Fukushima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 29
Forecast full bloom:
April 2

Kanto-Koushin Region

Tokyo
Forecast flowering:
March 17
Forecast full bloom:
March 24
Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 19
Forecast full bloom:
March 27
Kofu (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 23
Forecast full bloom:
March 29
Nagano (Nagano Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 2
Forecast full bloom:
April 6

Hokuriku and Tokai Region

Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 29
Forecast full bloom:
April 3
Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 19
Forecast full bloom:
March 27

Kinki Region

Kyoto (Kyoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 22
Forecast full bloom:
March 28
Osaka (Osaka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 20
Forecast full bloom:
March 26
Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 23
Forecast full bloom:
March 29
Nara (Nara Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 24
Forecast full bloom:
March 29

Chugoku and Shikoku Region

Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 22
Forecast full bloom:
March 28
Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 19
Forecast full bloom:
March 27

Kyushu Region

Fukuoka (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 19
Forecast full bloom:
March 27
Kumamoto (Kumamoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 17
Forecast full bloom:
March 26

Based on information available on the Japan Meteorological Corporation's website.

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