Latest update: The forecast of Japan’s sakura (cherry blossom) season for 2020 has been released by Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) and The private weather service Weathermap. According to the forecast, sakura this year are expected to start blooming few days earlier than normal.

Weather Map Japan issued its thrid cherry blossom forecast of the year, indicating that cherry trees will be in full bloom in Tokyo on March 23, Kyoto and Hiroshima on March 25, Kochi and Wakayama on March 26, Fukuoka on March 27, Osaka on March 28, Aomori on April 20, and Sapporo on April 28.

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 2020 Report

January 10, 2020 – Japan’s sakura season for 2020 has been released by Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC). Forecast of full bloom in Tokyo is around March 27, and sakura may start blooming in the city around March 19.

January 23, 2020Weather Map Japan has issued its first cherry blossom forecast of the season. Date of first bloom forecast: March 21 in Kochi, March 22 in Tokyo, March 25 in Osaka, March 24 in Nagoya, March 25 in Kyoto, and March 29 in Kanazawa.

February 04, 2020 – It’s full bloom in Okinawa!

February 06, 2020 – Weather Map Japan has issued its second cherry blossom forecast of the season.

February 14, 2020 – Sakura are in full swing in Kawazu, a small town in the Izu Peninsula.

February 20, 2020 – This year, Weather Map Japan has issued its third sakura forecast, indicating that first bloom in Tokyo is expected to happen on March 15 and in Kyoto on March 17.


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 2020. Photo Credit: Kyuhoshi.com
Here is the map of the thrid forecast of 2020 with dates by Weathermap.jp.

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 2020. Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change.

PlaceEstimated Average First BloomEstimated Average Full BloomCurrent State
OkinawaLate January First Week of February through late February
Kagoshima March 26, 2020April 5 to 12, 2020
KumamotoMarch 19, 2020March 30 to April 7, 2020
Nagasaki March 21, 2020March 31 to April 4, 2020
FukoukaMarch 15, 2020March 27 to April 5, 2020
MatsuyamaMarch 16, 2020March 28 to April 5, 2020
HiroshimaMarch 16, 2020March 25 to April 2, 2020
Okayama
NagoyaMarch 17, 2020March 27 to April 4, 2020
KyotoMarch 17, 2020March 25 to April 2, 2020
OsakaMarch 19, 2020March 28 to April 5, 2020
ShizuokaMarch 21, 2020March 31 to April 8, 2020
WakayamaMarch 17, 2020March 26 to April 3, 2020
YokohamaMarch 14, 2020March 23 to March 30, 2020
KanazawaMarch 17, 2020March 23 to March 30, 2020
TokyoMarch 15, 2020March 23 to March 30, 2020
KochiMarch 17, 2020March 26 to April 3, 2020
NaraMarch 16, 2020March 23 to March 30, 2020
Yoshino
Matsumoto
NiigataMarch 27, 2020April 3 to 11, 2020
Nagano March 28, 2020April 3 to 11, 2020
Takayama
Fuji Five Lake Areas
Fukushima March 25, 2020March 30 to April 7, 2020
Sendai March 27, 2020April 3 to 11, 2020
Aomori (Hirosaki)April 14, 2020April 20 to April 29, 2020
Akita (Kakunodate)April 6, 2020April 12 to 19, 2020
Iwate (Kitakami)
Hakodate April 21, 2020April 26 to May 3, 2020
SapporoApril 24, 2020April 28 to May 5, 2020

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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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