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Checking out Japanese Sakura! Japan’s 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Checking out Japanese Sakura! Japan’s 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Update: 6 September 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 2019?

It's still a bit too early to be forecasting when the cherry blossoms will bloom. Using 2018 as a hint however, they should be blooming in mid-March 2019. Check out Japan's cherry blossom forecast for last year below for insight and how you can plan your trip!

When Will Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Tokyo 2018?

When Will Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Tokyo 2018?

On March 8, 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 22.

Fukuoka should be seeing blossoms slightly earlier than Tokyo on March 18, around the same time as Nagoya and Shizuoka.

Sakura in Kyoto should begin flowering on March 20, followed by Osaka on March 21. 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 March 19.

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 20. The last cherry blossoms predicted to open will be in Hokkaido: Hakodate on April 28, Sapporo on May 1.

Hokkaido and Tohoku Region

Hakodate (Hokkaido)
Forecast flowering:
April 28
Forecast full bloom:
May 2
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 4
Forecast full bloom:
April 9
Fukushima (Fukushima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 3
Forecast full bloom:
April 7

Kanto-Koushin Region

Tokyo
Forecast flowering:
March 15
Forecast full bloom:
March 22
Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 17
Forecast full bloom:
March 25
Kofu (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 19
Forecast full bloom:
March 27
Nagano (Nagano Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
April 6
Forecast full bloom:
April 11

Hokuriku and Tokai Region

Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 30
Forecast full bloom:
April 5
Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 18
Forecast full bloom:
March 27

Kinki Region

Kyoto (Kyoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 20
Forecast full bloom:
March 29
Osaka (Osaka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 21
Forecast full bloom:
March 28
Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 21
Forecast full bloom:
March 30
Nara (Nara Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 22
Forecast full bloom:
March 29

Chugoku and Shikoku Region

Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 20
Forecast full bloom:
March 28
Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 20
Forecast full bloom:
March 30

Kyushu Region

Fukuoka (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 18
Forecast full bloom:
March 27
Kumamoto (Kumamoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering:
March 19
Forecast full bloom:
March 28

Based on information available on the Japan Meteorological Corporation's website. Current as of March 8, 2018.

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