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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: 18 March 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?

For 2019, Tokyo’s sakura blossoms are expected to start opening around March 22, with peak bloom around March 29.

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 5. 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 20. The last cherry blossoms opened are expected to be in Hokkaido: Hakodate on April 30, Sapporo on May 1.

Hokkaido and Tohoku Region: Sakura forecast 2019

Hakodate (Hokkaido)
Forecast flowering:
April 30
Forecast full bloom:
May 3
Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Forecast flowering:
May 1
Forecast full bloom:
May 5
Aomori (Aomori Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 20
Forecast full bloom:
April 25
Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 2
Forecast full bloom:
April 8
Fukushima (Fukushima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 31
Forecast full bloom:
April 5

Kanto-Koushin Region: Sakura forecast 2019

Tokyo
Forecast flowering:
March 22
Forecast full bloom:
March 29
Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 24
Forecast full bloom:
April 1
Kofu (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 24
Forecast full bloom:
April 1
Nagano (Nagano Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 7
Forecast full bloom:
April 12

Hokuriku and Tokai Region: Sakura forecast 2019

Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 30
Forecast full bloom:
April 6
Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 22
Forecast full bloom:
March 31

Kinki Region

Kyoto (Kyoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 24
Forecast full bloom:
April 1
Osaka (Osaka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 26
Forecast full bloom:
April 2
Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 25
Forecast full bloom:
April 3
Nara (Nara Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 25
Forecast full bloom:
April 1

Chugoku and Shikoku Region: Sakura forecast 2019

Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 22
Forecast full bloom:
March 31
Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 21
Forecast full bloom:
March 31

Kyushu Region: Sakura forecast 2019

Fukuoka (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 19
Forecast full bloom:
March 28
Kumamoto (Kumamoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 19
Forecast full bloom:
March 29

"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.

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