2022 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 (April 1, 2022): Forecast for 2022 Cherry Blossom Season.

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 2022, 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 2022

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.

Cherry Blossom 2022 Japan

Take a look at the average dates to get a rough idea of the dates for 2022, but don’t forget to check back later to get the latest and most recent forecasts.

Japan major cities 2022 forecast

Find below the 2022 forecast for cherry blossom in Japan’s major cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Yokohama.

CityEst. OpeningEst. Full Bloom
TokyoMarch 23March 30
KyotoMarch 27April 4
OsakaMarch 28April 4
NagoyaMarch 24April 2
YokohamaMarch 25April 5
FukuokaMarch 20March 29

As you can see, the estimated opening of the cherry blossom season and approximate best viewing time for 2022 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.

2022 forecast by regions

Below you’ll find a map of the 2022 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.

japan cherry blossom forecast map 2022

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, 2022 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. Full Bloom
FukuokaMarch 20March 29
SagaMarch 25April 2
NagasakiMarch 22March 31
KumamotoMarch 23April 1
OitaMarch 23April 3
MiyazakiMarch 22April 1
KagoshimaMarch 24April 4

Chugoku & Shikoku regions

CityEst. OpeningEst. Full Bloom
HiroshimaMarch 26April 4
TottoriMarch 31April 6
MatsueMarch 29April 5
OkayamaMarch 28April 4
ShimonosekiMarch 26April 4
TokushimaMarch 29April 6
TakamatsuMarch 26April 4
MatsuyamaMarch 27April 5
KochiMarch 22March 29

Kansai region

CityEst. OpeningEst. Full Bloom
OsakaMarch 28April 4
KyotoMarch 27April 4
HikoneApril 3April 9
KobeMarch 28April 5
NaraMarch 30April 5
WakayamaMarch 28April 5

Chubu region

CityEst. OpeningEst. Full Bloom
NiigataApril 9April 14
ToyamaApril 6April 10
KanazawaApril 5April 10
FukuiApril 5April 9
NagoyaMarch 24April 2
GifuMarch 26April 2
ShizuokaMarch 26April 3
TsuMarch 28April 1
KofuMarch 25April 2
NaganoApril 10April 15

Kanto region

CityEst. OpeningEst. Full Bloom
TokyoMarch 23March 30
MitoMarch 30April 6
Utsunomiya March 29April 5
Maebashi March 28April 4
Kumagaya March 26April 2
ChoshiMarch 31April 7
YokohamaMarch 25April 2

Tohoku & Hokkaido regions

CityEst. OpeningEst. Full Bloom
AomoriApril 21April 25
MoriokaApril 18April 23
SendaiApril 9April 13
AkitaApril 18April 22
YamagataApril 13April 17
FukushimaApril 6April 10
SapporoApril 28May 2
MuroranMay 1May 6
HakodateApril 27April 30

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 “2022 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 😉

  9. Hi! I’ll be travelling to Osaka around 10-13 March, may I even expect to see even a few trees budding? Thanks xD

  10. Hello,

    We are going to visit Kyoto from March 29 to April 5. Will it be possible to see full bloom of cherry trees?

    Thank you!

    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!

  11. 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!

  12. Hi, I have book flight to Tokyo from 19/4/19 to 2/5/19, please suggest places to visit.
    Thank you.

  13. Keeping my fingers crossed… already booked my flight March 26-30 to Tokyo.
    Can’t wait…

  14. 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?

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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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