2019 cherry blossom forecast for Japan

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The Japanese cherry blossom, or sakura, has long been adored by people across the globe. It is regarded as a symbol of renewal, vitality, and beauty. During the spring season of each year, thousands travel to Japan to view the wondrous spectacle of these white or pink flowers blooming en masse.

Update: The latest forecast has been released (April 12)! Blooming dates have arrived ahead this year. Please check again for updates on the 2019 forecast in many major cities of Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Japanese families also eagerly await this time. Many attend cherry blossom festivals or simply enjoy hanami, the tradition of viewing and enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossom. Many people indulge in picnics beneath the blooming cherry trees.

If you are planning a trip to see Japan’s famous cherry blossoms in 2019, there are two things to consider – where and when to visit. There are many prime locations with a variety of features – some have the oldest trees, others the most trees, and some are close to historic areas or other sites of interest. You can quickly and easily travel between many locations by train using your Japan Rail Pass.

Once you’ve decided on which of the best cherry blossom spots in Japan (or just in Tokyo) you will visit for Hanami, you will want to time your stay so that you will get the most from your cherry blossom experience. Why? Because not every location experiences full bloom at the same time.

Japan Cherry Blossom Season 2018

When does the Cherry Blossom season start in Japan?

The sakura average blooming time can vary widely based on the geographical location within the country. Areas with milder winter climates produce earlier bloom times. Blooms usually open first in the southern region, and blooming progresses northward. Okinawa, for example, almost always produces the first blooms. Wind, rain, and temperature can cause the blossoms to appear either earlier or later than average and can lengthen or shorten the blooming season.

Throughout most of Japan, looming typically occurs in late March and early April. Some areas may produce blooms as early as January. The emergence of the first blossoms is called kaika – this emergence of flowers in usually what is indicated by the bloom forecasts. The peak, or mankai – the time when the most trees are in full bloom – occurs within about one week of emergence. In some years, the season extends into the month of May in the northern regions.

Cherry Blossom 2019 forecast by region

The estimated viewing dates are based on data collected in previous years, especially latest years 2016 and 2017, by the Japan Weather Association.

The 2018 sakura season happened a little earlier both in central and southern Japan.

Although most flowers have fallen in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, you can still see the full bloom in Nagano (until around April 10th), and the Tohoku region. Check again soon for updated information on your region of interest.

Please keep in mind that most flowers usually take a week to reach full bloom once flowering has begun and that full bloom also lasts around a week.

Japan cherry blossom forecast for 2018
Latest cherry blossom forecast for 2018. Source: Japan Meteorological Corporation.
PrefectureLocationFlowering dateFull bloom date
Hokkaido Region
HokkaidoMuroranApril 30May 5
HokkaidoHakodateApril 24April 28
HokkaidoSapporoApril 28May 2
Tohoku Region
AomoriAomoriApril 16April 21
IwateMoriokaApril 13April 19
MiyagiSendaiMarch 31April 5
AkitaAkitaApril 14April 18
YamagataYamagataApril 8April 13
FukushimaFukushimaMarch 29April 4
Kanto-Koushin Region
IbarakiMitoMarch 25March 28
TochigiUtsunomiyaMarch 26March 29
GunmaMaebashiMarch 25March 28
SaitamaKumagayaMarch 22March 26
ChibaChoshiMarch 20March 28
TokyoTokyoMarch 17March 24
KanagawaYokohamaMarch 19March 27
YamanashiKofuMarch 23March 29
NaganoNaganoApril 3April 9
Hokuriku Region
NiigataNiigataApril 4April 9
ToyamaToyamaMarch 27April 1
IshikawaKanazawaMarch 29April 3
FukuiFukuiMarch 29April 3
Tokai Region
GifuGifuMarch 19March 26
ShizuokaShizuokaMarch 18March 27
AichiNagoyaMarch 19March 27
MieTsuMarch 26March 29
Kinki Region
ShigaHikoneMarch 27April 1
KyotoKyotoMarch 22March 28
OsakaOsakaMarch 20March 26
HyogoKobeMarch 23March 29
NaraNaraMarch 24March 29
WakayamaWakayamaMarch 20March 27
Chugoku Region
TottoriTottoriMarch 24March 28
ShimaneMatsueMarch 26March 29
OkayamaOkayamaMarch 25March 28
HiroshimaHiroshimaMarch 22March 28
YamaguchiShimonosekiMarch 23March 29
Shikoku Region
TokushimaTokushimaMarch 23March 29
KagawaTakamatsuMarch 24March 29
EhimeMatsuyamaMarch 19March 27
KochiKochiMarch 15March 19
Kyushu Region
FukuokaFukuokaMarch 19March 27
SagaSagaMarch 20March 27
NagasakiNagasakiMarch 17March 26
KumamotoKumamotoMarch 17March 26
OitaOitaMarch 23April 1
MiyazakiMiyazakiMarch 16March 26
KagoshimaKagoshimaMarch 17March 29

Japan regions and prefectures

A Japanese hanami is an experience of a lifetime, especially if you must travel from afar! Don’t forget to check out our sakura travel tips when you plan ahead to visit the prime cherry blossom locations in Tokyo and all of Japan during their peak blooming season: you are sure to have a trip to remember with your Japan Rail Pass.

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Related Tours & Activities

Cherry Blossom Picnic with Nagoya Castle Tour

On this tour, you can experience “Hanami,” a cherry blossom viewing party, the Japanese way of enjoying a picnic at a park under the beautiful Cherry Blossoms. This experience will also be combined with a visit to the legendary Nagoya Castle, home of Japan’s three greatest Samurai.

Tokyo Cherry Blossom Walking Tour in Asakusa

There’s hardly a more iconic place to view the breathtaking Japanese cherry trees (sakura) in bloom than the Asakusa district of Tokyo. See brilliant displays of spring blossoms in full splendor along the banks of the Sumida River, where you’ll stroll with a local guide in the morning.

Kyoto Cherry Blossom Viewing Tour by Bus

Access some of the off-the-beaten-path locations for viewing cherry blossoms on this 8-hour bus tour in Kyoto. Locations include the Kamigamo-jinjya Shrine, Takaragaike Park, the Kyoto Botanical Gardens, and Iwakura Jissoin. Lunch is included.

73 thoughts on “2019 cherry blossom forecast for Japan”
  1. Hi! Are there any updates on the cherry blossom season for 2019? I am planning to book a trip to Tokyo during the last week of MArch, was hoping to get a forecast before i book my flight. Thank you!

    1. Hi Tapio! We miss it too! The sakura average blooming time can vary widely based on the geographical location and within years. Throughout most of Japan, blooming typically occurs in late March and early April. However we will have to wait some months to get the first forecasts 😉

    1. Hi Michael!

      Sapporo‘s expected full bloom date is May 2nd. Full bloom also lasts around a week so you may be able to catch the last pink flowers in this city and its outskirts.

      We hope you enjoy your trip.

  2. Hi.. me and my friend plan to go to japan around 26 april – 04 may as want to visit alpine road .
    do we still can get cherry blossom ?
    if go on 29 march – 06 april which city we can visit so can get full cherry blossom ?

    1. Hi Metta! As you will see in this article, the Hokkaido region would be the best for you. Please make sure to check this article in detail for dates in specific locations of this region.

  3. Hi
    I’m currently in Tokyo. I obviously missed the Cherry Blossoms here and was looking into going to Lake Kawaguchiko tomorrow April 14 (its 1am right now of the 14) but its seem to be a bit complicated between JR Pass, Private Railways and buses and got a bit discouraged. Then I found this article mentioning Hakone. I’m scheduled to visit Hakone on April 15, got a reservation for Hakone Yuryo. Will I be able to catch good Cherry Blossoms on Hakone? I just can’t find a webpage with a forecast for this area. Thanks!

    1. Hi Rodrigo!

      Hakone area is big and thus depending on where you stay you might be able to see cherry blossoms or not. For example, in Fuji Five Lakes full bloom expected date is April 15th which is a perfect match considering your travel dates.

      Happy travels!

  4. Hi i am planning to go Nara tomorrow. And i looked on the internet and saw that cherry blossom in some websites say it will be bloomed until mid april. Just wondering if i will still be able to see any cherry blossom around nara park or mount yoshino.

    1. Hi Danny!

      Nara and Mount Yoshino‘s full bloom date was around March 28th. As stated in this article, full bloom also lasts around a week. Since more time has passed you should get to see only green leafs.

      We hope you enjoy your trip!

  5. Hi, I’ll plan to go to Tokyo and Kyoto in early April 2019. Do you have full cherry blossom forecasts ?
    Thanks

  6. Hi – I am going to be in Osaka from 7th April -8th April and in Kyoto from 9th April till 13th April. Would I be able catch some part of Cherry blossom or would it be too late? Should I consider going to Mt Yoshino or Hikone to view Cherry blossom?any suggestion on day trip from Kyoto to view Cherry blossom is most welcome. Thanks vm.

    Ajeet

    1. Hi Ajeet!

      Please keep in mind that, as specified in this article, most flowers usually take a week to reach full bloom once flowering has begun and that full bloom also lasts around a week. You can still see the full bloom in Kyoto until around April 5th.

      Considering the dates you will be in Japan, you should be able to see cherry blossom in the Hakone area. Mount Yoshino should already be all green by that dates.

      Happy travels!

  7. Hi,

    We will be in Fujiyoshida aiming to photograph Chureito Pagoda on the 10th. Looking at today’s photo’s on Instagram and it looks like it’s quiet close to full bloom – typically how long would you say peak viewing normally lasts around the Fuji Five Lakes?

    1. Hi Jatinder!

      As specified in this article, most flowers usually take a week to reach full bloom once flowering has begun. Full bloom also lasts around a week.

      We hope you enjoy your stay!

  8. Hi! I will be heading to Osaka and Tokyo on the 14th of April – 18th. Aware that full-bloom has passed, do you think Ill be able to see some Cherry Blossoms still?

    1. Hi Katerina Ivanovna!

      Full bloom date in Osaka was March 26th and even earlier in Tokyo. Generally you should expect flowers to lose their pink petals a week after their full bloom so you might not get to see any cherry blossom.

      We wish you luck!

  9. Hi, I will be in Fukuoka during this weekend. I know I have already missed full bloom but is it likely I will get to see any cherry blossoms on the trees or will they all be green by then? Thanks!

    1. Hi Vanessa!

      After full bloom one might still be able to see the pink flowers, however please take into account they will start losing their petals and gradually become green. Usually this process takes a week and since full bloom date in Fukuoka was March 27th, you could not get to see cherry blossom.

      Enjoy your trip!

  10. Hi,
    I will be in Tokyo tomorrow, 4th April – 9th, Can I still expect to see cherry blossoms by then? how about in Hakone area, what is the blooming date?

    Also, I will go to Kyoto and Nara from 9th-12th April, and Osaka and Himeji from 12th-15th.

    Thank You!

    1. Hi Anthony!

      As you have already seen in this article, Tokyo’s full bloom has already passed. Even when you might be able to see some flowers, you will not be able to see blooming at its full. In the Hakone area, for example in Fuji Five Lakes, full bloom expected date is April 15th. For the full forecast please make sure to carefully read our article.

  11. Hi
    Over from the UK
    Already spent today picnicking under blossom in Tokyo and here in Japan for 14 days.
    Will be going as far as Hiroshima and then back to Tokyo.
    Given expected full bloom dates in what order would you suggest we do the following places in order to maximise full bloom viewing?
    Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Mount Yoshino, Fuji
    Thank you

    1. Hi Daniel,

      As full bloom lasts around a week, you may have a chance to see the cherry blossoms, especially in Kyoto 😉

      Good luck and have a nice trip!

  12. Hi!! i will be in Japan from 10th April till 16th April. Will i able to see sakura full bloom at Mt Fuji? If is, where at Mt Fuji to see the bloom? Thank you!

    1. Hi fifi!

      Flowering date at Fuji Five Lakes area is expected to be around April 9th, and the full bloom date on April 15th. Regarding a location to see the blooming in the area we would recommend you the Chureito Pagoda. During the month of April, the pagoda rises above the “clouds” of cherry blossoms spread between it and the mountain.

      Enjoy your stay!

  13. hi there, I will be in Tokyo from April 4th to April 14th,am I still going to see fully bloomed cherry blossoms in Tokyo? If not, where should I go for the best cherry blossom viewing during those dates?

    1. Hi Ms JB!

      The best times to visit (full bloom) were this last weekend (March 24) in Tokyo. According to the forecast, the best areas to view full bloom during your stay would be those in Tohoku and Hokuriku regions.

      We hope you enjoy Japan at its full bloom!

  14. I’m arriving at Morioka on April 18th and Mutsu on the 25th. Does it mean I’m right on time for full blossom in Morioka? Is it too late for seeing the whole blossoming in Mutsu?

    1. Hi Shangze,

      You should be right on time! Current forecasted flowering date for Morioka (Iwate prefecture) is April 13th and full bloom is expected for April 19. For Mutsu, please check the dates for Aomori as it is the closest big city we keep track of.

      Have a nice trip!

  15. Ill be in japan during the following dates:

    Toyko: 27th March – 1st April
    Kyoto: 1st April – 7th April

    Noted full bloom is estimated to start on the 24th of march i should be able to see tokyo full bloom for at least 3 days?
    and kyoto the same?

    I noticed this website was updated on the 15th does that mean you are updating the website with in the next day or two?

    1. Hi Ash!

      Blooming dates are slightly ahead this year. According to the last forecast, which is from March 22nd, full bloom date is expected to be in Tokyo on March 24th. Please note they have been flowering since March 17th. As for Kyoto, expected full bloom date is March 29th after having started flowering in March 27th.

      We hope you get to see Japan at its full bloom!

  16. This blog shows full blossom at Fuji lake area in March end. I am travelling to japan around that time and planning to go to Chureito Pagoda however on some other website I read that Fuji Five Lake area blossom is around mid April.
    https://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/
    Can anyone comment on status of blossom near Fuji Lakes/Chureito Pagoda?

    Thanks

  17. Hello, I land in Tokyo March 30th and will be staying with a friend. I do have a rail pass. Would you recommend trying to catch the end of full bloom in Tokyo or taking a trip to Kyoto, since it blooms a bit later?

    1. Hi Deanna,

      Although cherry blossoms bloom in Tokyo usually peaks between March 27 and April 6, this year it has started earlier. Since the best times to visit (full bloom) in Kyoto is expected to be around March 28-29, should you want to visit a city at its expected best it might be adviceable to go there. However these numbers are just estimations and could still vary. We recommend you to check again for updates on the 2018 forecast!

      Happy travels!

  18. Hi! Thank you for this post!
    I have a question. After the full bloom, there will still be some flowers right? Because I arrive in Osaka April 1st, it says the Full Bloom is March 30… Hopefully I’ll see some sakura, right?
    Tokyo apparently I won’t be able to see any, because I arrive only April 10th.
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Gabriela!

      The expected flowering date for Kyoto is March 20th, and the full bloom is expected to be slightly ahead than it usually is: March 29th. Of course, after the full bloom date you will still be able to see flowers. However we strongly recommend you to check the forecast for further updates.

      We hope you enjoy your trip!

  19. Hello, I have planned a trip to Osaka from the 7th of April would the flower still be in bloom or already beginning to drop?

    1. Hi Sera!

      The best times to visit (full bloom) are expected to be around March 28 in Osaka but please check again for updates on the forecast – it is constantly changing!

      We hope you enjoy Japan!

  20. Hey we are reaching tokyo by 1st april kyoto by 7th april and osaka by 13th april…is there a chance we would be able to see the full bloom or do u recommend to shift the itinerary a week early?

    1. Hi Priyanka!

      When it comes to cherry blossom it is difficult make exact predictions. The ones you see in this article are based on Japan Meteorological Corporation and are updated on a weekly basis; however it is not possible to know in advance which will be the exact date of full bloom.

      According to last trends, the best times to visit (full bloom) are expected to be around April 1st in Osaka and April 2nd in Kyoto.

      We hope you get to enjoy Japan at its full bloom!

  21. Hello I have question – you mentioned that the full bloom would last around a week. So based from Feb 22nd forecast, Tokyo’s full bloom begins March 26 and one week would be till April 1st. In general, would the flowers still look as great and beautiful 2-3 days after the full bloom? Or would the wind/rain wash them away after that?

    I`m arriving in Tokyo on April 2nd and it would be great if we could still catch the full bloom rather than what’s left of it.

    Thanks so much for updating us with forecasts! hopefully forecast date would move a little later.

    1. Hi light!

      The cherry blossom forecast is just that – a prediction on what will happen based on meteorological available data. However it may not fully reflect reality and it might as well change with time. We recommend you to stick to our article to be aware of the latest updates! To make sure you don’t miss a word we recommend you to also follow our related articles:

      Cherry blossoms in Tokyo: Best spots and 2018 forecast
      Best cherry blossom festivals and viewing spots in Japan
      Cherry blossom travel: tips for the 2018 season

      We hope you get to see Japan at its full bloom!

    2. Yes, 2-3 days after full bloom should be good. Beyond, it depends. If it is windy and rainy, the flowers may fall pretty quickly.

      But be prepared to some uncertainties in the predictions. Last year forecasts suggested early bloom, but a cold just before flowering delayed things by several days!

  22. Hi!
    I’m travelling to Japan from March 22 to April 13…
    About Sakura in TOKYO I feel puzzled…
    Why Sakura in this city occur so early and does not follow a South-West >> North-East axis after KYUSHU and KANSAI…?
    I think that last year Sakura in KANSAI and TOKYO occured about the same period.

    Thanks for updating us 😉

    1. Hi Kamel!

      The information is weekly updated with information from the Japan Meteorological Corporation. Please note dates may slightly change when there is more information available. According to the last estimations, the flowering date expected for Tokyo is March 20th and the full bloom date, March 28th. We recommend you to check our article on a weekly basis so as not to miss any interesting update. We would also like to recommend you our article Cherry blossoms in Tokyo: Best spots and 2018 forecast. We are sure it will be of big interest for your trip!

      Happy travels!

  23. The forecast date for Hakodate as shown March 30 and April 4- I suspect should be Apr 30 and May 4 , since it is in the North should be closer to Sapporo. Please clarify , thank you

  24. Hello. I was just curious about how accurate the first forecast usually is. I land in Tokyo on March 30th and I’m hoping I’m not too late to see sakura. If it does hit full bloom by March 26th, will I still have much to see by the time I get in?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi April!

      The full bloom lasts for approximately one week so you should be able to see it at least in some of the Tokyo parks. Please keep in mind that this is just the first forecast from the Japan Meteorological Corporation, so make sure to check again before your trip.

      Have a nice trip!

  25. Hi,
    I read that Cherry blossom in Hokkaido is early May but your dates for Hakkodate is early April.
    Can you please confirm?
    I am planning a trip to Hokkaido from 8th May after the golden week and hopefully can see some cherry blossom in Hakkodate.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Kimmie!

      Please note that this is a forecast based on Japan Meteorological Corporation and thus reality may not end up being as described in advance. With the available information, full bloom at Hakodate is expected to be around 4th April, however the expected flowering date is late March. We recommend you to come back since this article is constantly being updated with latest available trends.

      Have a nice trip!

  26. Today i book Fly to Tokyo for 22th March to 30th . I hope this forecast will not change , otherwise i should change fly .

    1. Hi there,

      Before you board your international flight, there are a few things you should know, such as the cultural significance of the cherry blossom, when and where to see them, and how to capture the best cherry blossom photographs. For that reason, please check our article “Cherry blossom travel: tips for the 2018 season

      Hope it helps!

      Kind regards

  27. Wow! Hokkaido is a vast space, yet it is one prefecture of 47 within Japan. In a few months, I will be visiting Hokkaido, Kyoto, and Tokyo. Regrettably, I’ll be missing cherry blossom season this time around. But, I’m looking forward to visiting again and enjoying it next time!

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