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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: 22 February 2019
Last updated: 17 April 2019

Planning your spring getaway to Japan? When is Japan's cherry blossom season? Join us for a deep dive as we share the latest 2019 cherry blossom forecast for Japan, about sakura viewing culture, and where the best places to see cherry blossoms are 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 will cherry blossoms bloom in Tokyo 2019?

When will cherry blossoms bloom in Tokyo 2019?

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.

When is Japan's cherry blossom season 2019?

In 2019, Japan's cherry blossom season will be from around March 18 to May 7. Forecast for regions are below.

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 forecast to open on April 23. The last cherry blossoms opened are expected to be in Hokkaido: Hakodate on April 30, Sapporo on May 6.

Hokkaido and Tohoku Region: Sakura forecast 2019

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

Kanto-Koushin Region: Sakura forecast 2019

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

Hokuriku and Tokai Region: Sakura forecast 2019

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

Kinki Region

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

Chugoku and Shikoku Region: Sakura forecast 2019

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

Kyushu Region: Sakura forecast 2019

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

"After the full bloom, how long does it take for flowers to fall?"

For answers to this and many other curious questions about Japan's sakura, be sure to check out our Cherry Blossom FAQ, plus the other articles below!

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

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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