Take a look at starting and full bloom dates for major cities across Japan with our 2020 Japan cherry blossom forecast.

Japan Sakura Forecast
Japan Cherry Blossom Dates: Updated March 6, 2020

The Japan archipelago runs on a roughly southwest to northeast axis, therefore the spring warmth—and the cherry blossoms—travel up the country from bottom to top.

Bonus: See our post on Japan’s Number 1 Cherry Blossom spot.

Please remember that this is a forecast! Individual trees, different sub-regions and the weather (wind and rain especially) may affect the flowering times.

Below is the 2020 sakura forecast for major cities—including the date when the cherry blossoms were expected to be in full bloom.

2020 Japan cherry blossom dates by major city

Last updated: March 6, 2020

City March April
HOKKAIDO
Sapporo Start: April 24
Full bloom: April 28
Hakodate   Start: April 21
Full bloom: April 25
SHIKOKU
Hiroshima Start: March 17
Full Bloom: March 26
Matsuyama Start: March 18
Full Bloom: March 29
 
KYUSHU
Fukuoka Start: March 17
Full Bloom: March 28
 
Nagasaki Start: March 22
Full Bloom: March 31
 
KANSAI
Osaka Start: March 20
Full Bloom: March 28
Nara Start: March 17
Full Bloom: March 24
Kobe Start: March 21
Full Bloom: March 31
Kyoto Start: March 18
Full Bloom: March 26
CHUBU
Nagoya Start: March 17
Full Bloom: March 27
Kanazawa Start: March 19
Full Bloom: March 25
Niigata Start: March 27 Full Blossom: April 2
Shizuoka Start: March 21
Full Bloom: March 31
KANTO
Nagano Start: March 28 Full Bloom: April 3
Yokohama Start: March 14
Full Bloom: March 23
Tokyo Start: March 15
Full Bloom: March 23
 
TOHOKU
Sendai Start: March 26 Full Bloom: April 1
Aomori   Start: April 13
Full bloom: April 19
Yamagata   Start: April 2
Full Bloom: April 8

If you can’t get out for hanami in March/April, fear not! There are various varieties of sakura such as yaezakura which flower 3 to 4 weeks after the most popular yoshino variety.

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