Japan's Cherry Blossoms In 2018 - Forecast And Best Spots!

Japan's Cherry Blossoms In 2018 - Forecast And Best Spots!

2018.03.01

Cherry blossom season is affected by the year's weather, and usually starts in late March in Tokyo. Here is the cherry blossom forecast for 2018, based on latest regional blossom forecasts!

Translated by Lester Somera

Written by MATCHA

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Regional Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2018!

Cherry blossoms or sakura are the symbol of springtime in Japan. Every year around February, you’ll start to see TV programs and web magazines giving out information about when the cherry blossoms will be in bloom.

Japan's Cherry Blossoms In 2018 - Forecast And Best Spots!

Cherry blossom forecast for 2018. Data provided by Weathernews.com

Generally, the cherry blossom trees will bloom in order - they first appear in the warm climate of southern Japan and make their way to the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo, then up to Tohoku in the north, and finally to Hokkaido. Since cherry blossoms typically only stay on the trees for around ten days, or two weeks at most, everyone in Japan checks the cherry blossom forecast in springtime. That way, they can enjoy the cherry blossom season at its peak.

We’ve compiled a list of the forecasts for 2016 and 2017, and added the estimated bloom dates for 2018 so take a look at this beforehand if you plan to spend some time amidst the cherry blossoms this spring.

Please note that it takes a few days until the sakura go into full bloom. Depending on the region and the temperature conditions, it can take from five to ten days. After the full bloom, the cherry blossom will begin to scatter.

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Okinawa: The Earliest Cherry Blossoms Bloom Here in January

Photo courtesy of: © OCVB

Okinawa’s cherry blossom season is the earliest in Japan, starting in mid-January, so there are cherry blossom festivals and the like in early February to celebrate the flowers. The season was right on schedule in 2017, but started late in 2016. If you plan to check out the flowers on a trip to Okinawa, check the cherry blossom forecast ahead of time.

2016: First day of blossoms 1/21 Full bloom 2/12
2017: First day of blossoms 1/14 Full bloom 2/7
2018: First day of blossoms 1/10

Kagoshima (Kyushu): Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Sakurajima in Bloom Photo courtesy of: Public Interest Incorporated Association, The Kagoshima Prefectural Sightseeing Union

2016: First day of blossoms 3/27 Full bloom 4/6
2017: First day of blossoms 3/30 Full bloom 4/8
2018: First day of blossoms - 3/19 (estimated day)

It’s normal for the cherry blossoms in Kyushu, with the region’s warm climate, to bloom earlier than those in Tokyo. The cherry blossom season in Kagoshima, the southernmost part of Kyushu, starts around late March in an average year.

This can vary in some years, however. Due to the mild winter of 2015, parts of Kyushu, including Kagoshima, are prognosticated to have slightly-later cherry blossom seasons.

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Fukuoka (Kyushu): Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Fukuoka Maizuru Park Photo courtesy of: the City of Fukuoka

2016: First day of blossoms 3/19 Full bloom 3/30
2017: First day of blossoms 3/25 Full bloom 4/4
2018: First day of blossoms - 3/18 (estimated day)

In temperate Kyushu, there are slight differences between regions, but Fukuoka’s cherry blossom season is also earlier than that of Kanto. It took a slightly longer time for the flowers to fully bloom in 2016.

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Hiroshima - Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

2016: First day of blossoms 3/23 Full bloom 4/2
2017: First day of blossoms 3/28 Full bloom 4/5
2018: First day of blossoms - 3/23 (estimated day)

In the Chugoku region, which includes Hiroshima, the season will start slightly later than in Tokyo.

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Kyoto - Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Night Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto’s Famous Maruyama Park Photo courtesy of: JAPAN LIBRARY© Y.Shimizu/© JNTO

2016: First day of blossoms 3/23 Full bloom 4/2
2017: First day of blossoms 3/29 Full bloom 4/6
2018: First day of blossoms - 3/22 (estimated day)

The ancient city of Kyoto bustles with tourist activity during cherry blossom season. The sight of ancient buildings, set against a backdrop of cherry blossom trees, is a landscape that can only be witnessed in Japan.

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Osaka - Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Osaka’s Okawa Cherry Blossoms Photo courtesy of: ©Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

2016: First day of blossoms 3/23 Full bloom 4/1
2017: First day of blossoms 3/29 Full bloom 4/6
2018: First day of blossoms - 3/20 (estimated day)

The cherry blossom season in Osaka has seen a rapid upswing in popularity and begins around the same time as Kyoto.

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Nagoya - Cherry blossoms start in late March

Nagoya City’s Agriculture Center Cherry Blossoms Photo courtesy of: JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY ©Nagoya Convention & Visitors Bureau/©JNTO

2016: First day of blossoms 3/19 Full bloom 3/31
2017: First day of blossoms 3/26 Full bloom 4/4
2018: First day of blossoms - 3/19 (estimated day)

Often, the timing for the season in Nagoya is about the same as in Osaka and Kyoto.

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Tokyo: Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Tokyo Megurogawa Arched Bridge Photo courtesy of: Meguro Tourism Association

2016: First day of blossoms 3/21 Full bloom 3/31
2017: First day of blossoms 3/26 Full bloom 4/2
2018: First day of blossoms - 3/19 (estimated day)

Tokyo’s cherry blossom season starts from late March. It is common to enjoy the flowers at a place near a train station, and areas like parks, river banks, and gardens will be crowded with people on the weekends.

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Sendai - Cherry Blossoms Start from Early April

Miyagi’s Matsushima Bay and Cherry Blossoms Photo courtesy of Miyagi Tourism Department

2016: First day of blossoms 4/1 Full bloom 4/6
2017 First day of blossoms 4/9 Full bloom 4/14
2018: First day of blossoms - 4/6 (estimated day)

The cherry blossoms in the Tohoku region, and Sendai, tend to bloom later compared to places like Tokyo. You can check them out along with the rich natural scenery. In the spring, koi-nobori, or carp banners, can be seen flying alongside the cherry blossoms in the parts of Tohoku outside of Sendai

You can check the cherry blossom forecasts for other cities at this site (Japanese). Note that it’s still going to be pretty cold in the evening, even with the wonderful scenery, so dress warm when you go to see the flowers.

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Hokkaido (Sapporo) - Cherry Blossoms Start from May

Cherry Blossom Tunnel at Hokkaido’s Matsumae Park Photo courtesy of: Matsumae Tourism Association

2016: First day of blossoms 4/25 Full bloom 5/1
2017: First day of blossoms 4/28 Full bloom 5/3
2018: First day of blossoms - 4/30 (estimated day)

Hokkaido is the northernmost region of Japan and has the latest cherry blossom season. From the end of April, you can enjoy the refreshing sight of rows of cherry blossom trees, stretching across vast grassy fields for what seems like an eternity.

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Information is up to date as of January 2018. Please refer to Cherry Blossom Forecasts (Japanese) for more information.

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