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Spring in Japan: Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024 Tokyo Station

Spring in Japan: Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024

Where & when to enjoy sakura in Japan
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Springtime in Japan is a tableau of dreamlike scenes. From the latter half of March to as late as early May, the blossoms of Japan's iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) captivate visitors and locals alike, as they light up the length and breadth of Japan in subtle shades of pink splendor

Sakura season begins on the island of Kyushu, southwestern Japan, in March, when daily updates begin to track the sakura front as it progresses northward.

Somei-Yoshino, with their abundance of pale pink blossoms, are the most common trees in Japan; the elegant shidare-zakura, weeping cherry trees, often found in parks and along riverbanks, are another must-see site.

2024 Sakura (cherry blossom) blooming forecast

* date of first bloom
Kushiro, May 12 Sapporo, Apr 27 Aomori, Apr 19 Niigata, Apr 2 Akita, Apr 15 Sendai, Apr 2 Nagano, Apr 6 Tokyo, Mar 20 Nagoya, Mar 21 Kanazawa, Mar 27 Osaka, Mar 22 Hiroshima, Mar 21 Kochi, Mar 19 Fukuoka, Mar 19 Kagoshima, Mar 25

2024 Sakura (cherry blossom) blooming forecast

* date of first bloom
Mid March Late March Early April Mid April Late April May on Kushiro, May 12 Sapporo, Apr 27 Aomori, Apr 19 Akita, Apr 15 Sendai, Apr 2 Niigata, Apr 2 Nagano, Apr 6 Tokyo, Mar 20 Nagoya, Mar 21 Kanazawa, Mar 27 Osaka, Mar 22 Hiroshima, Mar 21 Kochi, Mar 19 Fukuoka, Mar 19 Kagoshima, Mar 25

Source: Japan Weather Association (http://tenki.jp)
Note: The forecast is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Where to see the blooms

Each spring is marked by the loveliness of sakura blooms bursting to life throughout Japan, with countless opportunities available to enjoy their delicate beauty. The warmer climates of Kyushu and Shikoku in the south see the first action in early spring, with late spring viewing in mountain areas, as well as in Tohoku and Hokkaido.

Region Prefecture City 2024 First Bloom* 2024 Trend Average 2023 First Bloom
Hokkaido Hokkaido Sapporo April 27 Early May 1 April 15
Kushiro May 12 Early May 16 May 1
Tohoku Miyagi Sendai April 2 Early April 8 March 26
Akita Akita April 15 Normal April 17 April 4
Aomori Aomori April 19 Early April 22 April 7
Hokuriku Shinetsu Nagano Nagano April 6 Early April 11 March 28
Niigata Niigata April 2 Early April 8 March 27
Ishikawa Kanazawa March 27 Very early April 3 March 23
Kanto Tokyo Chiyoda March 20 Early March 24 March 14
Tokai Aichi Nagoya March 21 Early March 24 March 17
Kansai Osaka Osaka March 22 Early March 27 March 19
Chugoku Hiroshima Hiroshima March 21 Early March 25 March 19
Shikoku Kochi Kochi March 19 Early March 22 March 17
Kyushu Kagoshima Kagoshima March 25 Normal March 26 March 24
Fukuoka Fukuoka March 19 Early March 22 March 18

*The estimated date of first bloom in 2024.

Other information includes

In addition to sakura, each season offers a variety of beautiful flowers such as ume (plum blossoms) in early spring and ajisai (hydrangeas) during the rainy season. For more information click here: Seasonal flowers in Japan throughout the year.

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