Latest update: The cherry blossom season (2019) in Japan has ended. Please note that 2020 Japan cherry blossom forecast has not been announced yet. This page will be updated with latest information once it’s published. So, bookmark this page for future use.

If you are thinking of visiting Japan next year in 2020 to see cherry blossoms, visit this page often to get some Japan spring travel guides to make your dreams come true.

Early and peak blooming dates may slightly vary from the last year sakura forecast. Knowing it as a reference you can estimate yourself when would Japan cherry blossoms bloom in 2020. Every year, blooming period in particular places across Japan vary slightly from the previous years.


Japan Cherry Blossom 2019 Report

Japan’s sakura season for 2019 has been released by Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) and The private weather service Weathermap.

According to the forecasts, cherry trees will be in full bloom in Kochi on March 29, Tokyo and Yokohama on March 27, Kyoto, Nara on April 1, Osaka and Kyoto on April 2, Aomori on April 25, and Sapporo on May 2.

March 21, 2019 – Today, season’s first Cherry blossoms have opened in Tokyo, five days earlier than average. On the other hand, first sakura blossoms have been spotted on March 20 in Nagasaki, March 21 in Fukuoka, and Yokohama.

March 22, 2019Cherry blossoms have opened in Nagoya, Gifu, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Kochi, and Miyzaki.

March 27, 2019 – Cherry blossoms have opened in Kyoto and Osaka.

March 28, 2019 – Sakura are in full bloom in Tokyo (March 27th), Yokohama (March 28th), and Fukuoka (March 29th).

April 11, 2019 – The sakura season is now moving into the Tohoku region. It’s full bloom in Fukushima and Sendai.

April 24, 2019 – Cherry blossom season has arrived in Sapporo. The first week of May will be the best time to see cherry blossom in the capital city of Hokkaido.

April 29, 2019 – Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Sapporo and Hakodate!


The map shown below indicates how the cherry blossom viewing season (Hanami) of Japan for 2020 goes upward (Hokkaido) from the lower elevations (Okinawa). Every year, Japan’s first cherry blossoms appear in Okinawa (southern Japan) then move northwards to Hokkaido by early May.

Cherry Blossom Forecast Map for 2019. Photo Credit: Kyuhoshi.com

The dates of the first bloom and full bloom are subject to change due to the temperatures, wind, and rain. We strongly suggest you to check out the sakura forecast often so that you get the latest updates regarding this matter.

The average time for appearing cherry blossom may vary depending on the weather conditions. You better keep an eye on this year cherry blossom forecast for 2020 in order to catch all the action of sakura in different regions of Japan. If somehow you miss hanami in Tokyo or Kyoto, we suggest you to head to the Tohoku and Hokkaido regions. Hopefully, you won’t miss visiting some remarkable hanami spots that you would like to visit in 2020.

Cherry blossoms in Nakajima Park, Sapporo. Photo Credit: Kyuhoshi.com.

Now take a look at the cherry blossom forecast for 2019. Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change.

PlaceEstimated Average First BloomEstimated Average Full BloomCurrent State
OkinawaLate January First Week of FebruaryEnd of season
Kagoshima March 25, 2019 (Opened)April 4 to April 12, 2019End of season
KumamotoMarch 26, 2019 (Opened)March 30 to April 8, 2019End of season
Nagasaki March 20, 2019 (Opened)April 3 to 11, 2019End of season
FukoukaMarch 21, 2019 (Opened)March 29 to April 8, 2019End of season
MatsuyamaMarch 22, 2019 (Opened)March 30 to April 9, 2019End of season
HiroshimaMarch 22, 2019 (Opened)March 30 to April 9, 2019End of season
OkayamaMarch 27, 2019 (Opened)April 5 to April 13, 2019End of season
KyotoMarch 27, 2019 (Opened)April 5 to April 10, 2019End of season
OsakaMarch 27, 2019 (Opened)April 4 to April 10, 2019End of season
ShizuokaMarch 28, 2019 (Opened)April 6 to April 14, 2019End of season
NagoyaMarch 22, 2019 (Opened)March 31 to April 9, 2019End of season
YokohamaMarch 21, 2019 (Opened)March 29 to April 9, 2019End of season
KanazawaApril 1, 2019 (Opened)April 7 to April 13, 2019End of season
TokyoMarch 21, 2019 (Opened)March 28 to April 8, 2019End of season
NaraMarch 29, 2019 (Opened)April 5 to April 10, 2019End of season
Yoshino March 31, 2019 (Opened)April 8 to April 16, 2019End of season
MatsumotoApril 7, 2019 (Opened)April 14 to April 22, 2019End of season
NiigataApril 5, 2019 (Opened)April 12 to 20, 2019End of season
Nagano April 13, 2019 (Opened)April 18 to 26, 2019End of season
TakayamaApril 16, 2019 (Opened)April 20 to 28, 2019End of season
Fuji Five Lake AreasApril 7, 2019 (Opened)April 14 to 22, 2019End of season
Fukushima April 5, 2019 (Opened)April 11 to 19, 2019End of season
Sendai April 5, 2019 (Opened)April 11 to 19, 2019End of season
Aomori (Hirosaki)April 19, 2019 (Opened)April 24 to May 1, 2019End of season
Akita (Kakunodate)April 23, 2019 (Opened)April 25 to May 4, 2019End of season
Iwate (Kitakami)April 17, 2019 (Opened)April 22 to April 28, 2019End of season
Hakodate April 24, 2019 (Opened)April 29 to May 6, 2019End of season
SapporoApril 24, 2019 (Opened)April 29 to May 6, 2019End of season

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Please visit: http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ to get the latest and breaking news on the 2020 cherry blossom forecast of Japan. Thank you.

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