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Cherry Blossom Japan 2020 Forecast: When & Where To See Sakura in Japan

Cherry Blossom Japan 2020 Forecast: When & Where To See Sakura in Japan

Date published: 22 February 2019
Last updated: 11 October 2019

Planning your spring getaway to Japan? When is the cherry blossom festival in Japan? Join us for a deep dive as we share the latest 2020 cherry blossom forecast for Japan, about sakura viewing culture, and where are the best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan.

In this article:
1. Brief word on the cherry blossom festival in Japan
2. When to see cherry blossoms Japan 2020?
3. (Northern Japan) Hokkaido and Tohoku Region: Cherry blossom forecast
4. (Eastern Japan) Kanto-Koshin Region: Cherry blossom forecast
5. (Central Japan) Hokuriku and Tokai Region: Cherry blossom forecast
6. (Western Central Japan) Kinki Region: Cherry blossom forecast
7. (Southwestern Japan) Chugoku and Shikoku Region: Cherry blossom forecast
8. (West Japan) Kyushu Region: Cherry blossom forecast
10. Related Articles on Cherry Blossom Japan 2020!

Brief word on the cherry blossom festival in Japan

Brief word on the cherry blossom festival in Japan

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 is Japan's cherry blossom season 2020?
When will cherry blossoms bloom in Tokyo 2020?

When is Japan's cherry blossom season 2020?
When will cherry blossoms bloom in Tokyo 2020?
Live Japan will be updating this Cherry Blossom Japan 2020 Forecast graphic on a weekly basis starting late 2019/early 2020. Be sure to check back!

Japan's cherry blossom forecast for 2020 will be released around February 2020.

You can help plan your trip to see cherry tree blossoms in Japan using 2019 as a reference. Tokyo’s sakura blossoms started opening on March 21, 2019. Peak bloom was on March 27.

These dates are provided by the Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC)'s cherry blossom forecast, which is based on various factors, such as the low temperatures during autumn and winter, cumulative temperatures, past area data, and cherry tree growth status.

Note: Cherry Blossoms Bloom Later in Northern Japan

Note: Cherry Blossoms Bloom Later 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 forecast to open on April 23.

The last cherry blossoms in Japan 2020 to open are expected to be in Hokkaido: Hakodate around April 30, Sapporo around May 6.

As a result, if you find yourself looking at the 2020 Japan cherry blossom forecast and are getting anxious, don't. The blooming beauties will wait for you just a little further north.

■(Northern Japan) Hokkaido and Tohoku Region: Cherry Blossom Japan 2020 Forecast

5 Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Hokkaido
Sapporo: Moerenuma Park
Hakodate: Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku
Furano: Asahigaoka Park
Otaru: Mt. Tengu
Asahikawa: Asahikawa Park

Hakodate (Hokkaido)
Flowering:
April 30
Full bloom:
May 4
Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Flowering:
May 2
Full bloom:
May 6
Aomori (Aomori Prefecture)
Flowering:
April 23
Full bloom:
April 28
Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture)
Flowering:
April 5
Full bloom:
April 10
Fukushima (Fukushima Prefecture)
Flowering:
April 5
Full bloom:
April 8

■(Eastern Japan) Kanto-Koshin Region: Cherry Blossom Japan 2020 Forecast

Tokyo
Flowering:
March 21
Full bloom:
March 27
Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 21
Full bloom:
April 1
Kofu (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 27
Full bloom:
April 7
Nagano (Nagano Prefecture)
Flowering:
April 13
Full bloom:
April 18

■(Central Japan) Hokuriku and Tokai Region: Cherry Blossom Japan 2020 Forecast

Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Flowering:
April 1
Full bloom:
April 6
Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 22
Full bloom:
April 4

■(Western Central Japan) Kinki Region: Cherry Blossom Japan 2020 Forecast

Kyoto (Kyoto Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 27
Full bloom:
April 5
Osaka (Osaka Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 27
Full bloom:
April 4
Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 27
Full bloom:
April 6
Nara (Nara Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 29
Full bloom:
April 5

■(Southwestern Japan) Chugoku and Shikoku Region: Cherry Blossom Japan 2020 Forecast

Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 22
Full bloom:
April 3
Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 22
Full bloom:
April 5

■(West Japan) Kyushu Region: Cherry Blossom Japan 2020 Forecast

Fukuoka (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 21
Full bloom:
March 29
Kumamoto (Kumamoto Prefecture)
Flowering:
March 26
Full bloom:
April 4

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

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