2021 cherry blossom forecast for Japan

Cherry blossom Japan

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 (February 26, 2021): The forecasts for 2021 predict a cherry blossom earlier than in recent years in all regions of Japan. Check the updated dates in our table.

Cherry blossom in Japan

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.

Yoyogi Park cherry blossoms

A Japanese hanami is an experience of a lifetime, especially if you must travel from afar!

If you are planning a trip to see Japan’s famous cherry blossoms in 2021, 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.

Japan cherry blossom season 2021

The cherry blossom usually start from the south, at the end of March, in Kyushu, where the temperature begins to rise earlier, and the cherry blossoms bloom northward until early May in Hokkaido.

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

The sakura (cherry blossom in japanese) 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. Wind, rain, and temperature can cause the blossoms to appear either earlier or later than average and can lengthen or shorten the blooming season.

In 2021, the cherry blossom began flowering in southern Japan (Okinawa) in early-to-mid January, with the first flowers recorded in Naha on January 4th, and on Miyakojima Island on January 16th.

Japan cherry blossom forecast 2021

Take a look at the average dates to get a rough idea of the dates for 2021, but don’t forget to check back later to get the latest and most recent forecasts.

Japan major cities 2021 forecast

Find below the 2021 forecast for cherry blossom in Japan’s major cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Yokohama.

CityEst. OpeningEst. Best viewingStatus
TokyoMarch 15March 23Not open
KyotoMarch 17March 27Not open
OsakaMarch 20March 28Not open
NagoyaMarch 16March 26Not open
YokohamaMarch 18March 27Not open
FukuokaMarch 15March 25Not open

As you can see, the estimated opening of the cherry blossom season and approximate best viewing time for 2021 all fall within a similar period of time across the major cities in Japan, although cities in the south experience sakura slightly earlier than those in the north.

2021 forecast by regions

Below you’ll find a map of the 2021 cherry blossom forecast for Japan by region, as well as a complete list of the estimated opening dates and best viewing times for the major cities within each region.

cherry blossom forecast from the Japan Meteorological Corporation

As it is linked to the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere and the resulting increase in temperatures, the cherry blossom season in Japan usually starts at the bottom of the archipelago and moves from south to north across the regions. As you can see from the map above, 2021 will be no different.

Check out the region-by-region forecasts in the tables below, starting with Kyushu, to the south, and ending in Hokkaido, the northernmost region of Japan.

Kyushu region

CityEst. OpeningEst. Best viewingStatus
FukuokaMarch 15March 25Not open
SagaMarch 18March 27Not open
NagasakiMarch 17March 27Not open
KumamotoMarch 16March 25Not open
OitaMarch 18March 31Not open
MiyazakiMarch 22April 2Not open
KagoshimaMarch 31April 12Not open

Chugoku & Shikoku regions

CityEst. OpeningEst. Best viewingStatus
HiroshimaMarch 16March 26Not open
TottoriMarch 19March 27Not open
MatsueMarch 19March 27Not open
OkayamaMarch 20March 28Not open
ShimonosekiMarch 19March 29Not open
TokushimaMarch 22March 31Not open
TakamatsuMarch 20March 30Not open
MatsuyamaMarch 16March 28Not open
KochiMarch 18March 26Not open

Kansai region

CityEst. OpeningEst. Best viewingStatus
OsakaMarch 20March 28Not open
KyotoMarch 17March 27Not open
HikoneMarch 22March 31Not open
KobeMarch 20March 30Not open
NaraMarch 18March 26Not open
WakayamaMarch 17March 26Not open

Chubu region

CityEst. OpeningEst. Best viewingStatus
NiigataApril 5April 10Not open
ToyamaMarch 30April 5Not open
KanazawaMarch 26April 3Not open
FukuiMarch 26April 2Not open
NagoyaMarch 16March 26Not open
GifuMarch 17March 25Not open
ShizuokaMarch 19March 29Not open
TsuMarch 20March 25Not open
KofuMarch 15March 23Not open
NaganoApril 3April 10Not open

Kanto region

CityEst. OpeningEst. Best viewingStatus
TokyoMarch 15March 23Not open
MitoMarch 22March 31Not open
Utsunomiya March 21March 29Not open
Maebashi March 21March 29Not open
Kumagaya March 19March 26Not open
Choshi March 24April 3Not open
YokohamaMarch 18March 27Not open

Tohoku & Hokkaido regions

CityEst. OpeningEst. Best viewingStatus
AomoriApril 23April 27Not open
MoriokaApril 16April 23Not open
SendaiApril 6April 12Not open
AkitaApril 15April 20Not open
YamagataApril 12April 16Not open
FukushimaMarch 31April 5Not open
SapporoMay 3May 6Not open
MuroranMay 5May 10Not open
HakodateApril 30May 3Not open

Once you’ve decided on which of the best cherry blossom spots in Japan (or just in Tokyo or in Kyoto) 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.

Don’t forget to check out our sakura travel tips: you are sure to have a trip to remember with your Japan Rail Pass.

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41 thoughts on “2021 cherry blossom forecast for Japan”
  1. Hello,
    I’m traveling to OSAKA Japan from April 30 to May 5, 2020…
    About the CHERRY BLOSSOM in OSAKA. in the forecast its show March 27 to April 4
    Hopefully, I can see some cherry blossom on that date on my visit 🙁
    It is one of my WISHLIST and DREAM to see the BEAUTIFUL CHERRY BLOSSOM.
    However, the date I visit that’s only my available 🙁

    Thanks for updating us 😉

  2. Hi! I will be in Japan April 13-22. Will I be able to catch any cherry blossoms? If so, where will they still be in bloom? I’m hoping somewhere near Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka

  3. Hi!
    I am traveling to Tokyo this coming April 18-24, which will be the best place to find cherry blossoms at that time?

    Thanks,
    Yhe

  4. Hi Syeda Arina Parveen! The expected full bloom dates are detailed in this article 😉 As you will see, expected flowering date in the Tohoku Region is within your trip dates. Happy travels!

  5. Hi I am planning to travel to Tokyo between APril 5 to April 9. Would I be able to see cherry blossom in Tokyo. If not which area should I be heading to?

    1. Hi Vikash! Please check the forecast we detail in this article, it will be of help in case you need to consider alternatives to your original plans 😉 Happy travels!

  6. Hello!

    I will be in Tokyo from April 5-10, and then Kyoto/Osaka from 10-14th. Will I still be able to see full bloom cherry blossoms be at Mount Yoshino somewhere during that time I am in Kyoto/Osaka, or will it be too late?
    It seems I will be just a tad too late for Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

  7. Hi. I already have a flexible ticket for 10 days from March 9-April 10. I wish to visit Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Can you recommend me the perfect dates to visit with cherry blossoms in full bloom? Thank you so much! 🙂

  8. Hi I will be visiting osaka April 6th
    It says that the full bloom date is April 1st, will I still be able to see the full bloom because it lasts a week?

    1. Hi Robert! A week after full bloom, the blooming peak is over and the blossoms are falling from the trees. Please note dates in this article are forecasted since nature is not an exact science 😉

    1. Hi Ai! Cherry blossom’s bloom is not exact science. According to the last forecast full bloom in Kyoto is expected to be around March 31st so most probably you will be able to enjoy the amazing bloom. Happy travels!

  9. Hello i will be travelling to Tokyo Osaka Kyoto and Nara from April 4-10. May I know any good suggestions where we can go first just to catch the Cherry Blossoms? Is it okay to avail the JR pass for 7days?

    1. Hi Frances, we recommend you to keep checking this article since we update it with the latest forecast. In the dates you’ll be travelling you will likely be able to see blooming trees in Osaka and Nara during your trip.

    1. Hi Annie! According to the last forecast, April 25th will be too far from the full bloom date in Tokyo. However we recommend you to keep checking our article to be aware of the latest news! Happy travels!

  10. Hello,

    I heard earliest bloom of Sakura is in Kawazu, usually end of Feb/early March. Will the bloom be delayed for this area as well?

  11. Hi,

    We will be in Kansai region from the 30/3 to the 12/4. I was thinking of paying a visit to Mont Yoshino on the 7/4. Wondering when would the full bloom dates be for Mont Yoshino?

    1. Hi Wendy,

      The cherry blossom trees in the Mount Yoshino area are expected to start flowering around April 2 and the full bloom around April 9, so your dates are spot on 🙂

      Happy travels!

  12. Hello.
    We are a family of four adults and keen to see the Japanese cherry blossom 2019. We can only visit Japan (Tokyo) around 9th or 10th April.

    I followed your first 2019 forecast but like to know how soon next update available.

    WBR
    Luckesh

  13. Is there any indication for 2019’s Fuji & Hakone forecast? I need to book my room immediately and any indication would be really helpful.

    P.S- You guys are the most reliable source for forecasting the cherry blossom so keep up the good work!! I will make sure i take my 2 x 14 day pass from here.

    1. Hi Nazeef! Thank you for your kind message! As you will see in the last release of the forecast, Chureito Pagoda, which is within Fuji Five Lakes area, is expected to be in its full bloom by April 3rd. However we recommend you to come back and check again since forecast is redefined as soon as further information is released. Happy travels 🙂

    2. We are going to be there from the 11th April, it looks like we are 1 week too late. We are planning to go to Shibazakura festival on the 13th April, hopefully that would be a good option for us with Mt Fuji as the backdrop.

  14. I have planned to be at Sapporo in April 2019 for a month. I would like to go to Hirosaki Park, Aomori. How is to be there by train? Do you have the train schedule?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Charan! Hirosaki Park is only a short bus ride from JR Lines Hirosaki Station. For the most updated train schedules and routes we recommend you to check Hyperdia – the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool. Happy travels!

  15. Hi,
    I going to Japan on 20 Mar to 4 Apr. We are hoping to see the Cherry blossom in these place.
    21-24 Mar: Tokyo
    24-27 Mar: Osaka
    27-29 Mar: Kyoto
    29-31 Mar: Hakone
    31 Mar to 4 Apr: Tokyo

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