2017 Japan Cherry Blossom Season Forecast

Greg Lane
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Infographic by Chavarom Chongulia | Photo by Chavarom Chongulia

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. According to the people at weather research company Weathermap K.K., blossoms in western Japan are due to arrive slightly later than their average time slot, and blossoms in northern Japan will bloom slightly earlier than usual.

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 effect the flowering times.

The following is the forecast for major cities—including the date when the cherry blossoms should be in full bloom

2017 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast by Major City

 City MarchAprilMay
HOKKAIDO
SapporoFull bloom: early May
HakodateFull bloom: early May
SHIKOKU
HiroshimaStart: March 28Full Bloom: April 6 
MatsuyamaStart: March 28Full Bloom: April 7
KYUSHU
FukuokaStart: March 26Full Bloom: April 6 
NagasakiStart: March 27Full Bloom: April 6
KANSAI
OsakaStart: March 30Full Bloom: April 7
NaraStart: March 31Full Bloom: April 6
KobeStart: March 31Full Bloom: April 9
KyotoStart: March 29Full Bloom: April 6
CHUBU
NagoyaStart: March 27Full Bloom: April 5
NiigataStart: April 10       Full Bloom: April 15
ShizuokaStart: March 30Full Bloom: April 7
KANTO
NaganoStart: April 13       Full Bloom: April 17
YokohamaStart: March 26Full Bloom: April 3
TokyoStart: March 25Full Bloom: April 2
TOHOKU
SendaiStart: April 10        Full Bloom: April 14
AomoriFull bloom: late April
YamagataStart: April 14       Full Bloom: April 18

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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