2018 Japan Cherry Blossom Season Forecast

Greg Lane

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

2018 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast by Major City

City March April May
HOKKAIDO
Sapporo Start: April 30 Full bloom: May 4
Hakodate Start: April 28 Full bloom: May 2
SHIKOKU
Hiroshima Start: March 23
Full Bloom: March 30
Matsuyama Start: March 20
Full Bloom: March 27
KYUSHU
Fukuoka Start: March 19
Full Bloom: March 25
Nagasaki Start: March 19
Full Bloom: March 26
KANSAI
Osaka Start: March 22
Full Bloom: March 29
Nara Start: March 23
Full Bloom: March 29
Kobe Start: March 24
Full Bloom: March 30
Kyoto Start: March 23
Full Bloom: March 30
CHUBU
Nagoya Start: March 21
Full Bloom: March 28
Niigata Start: April 8
Full Blossom: April 13 
Shizuoka Start: March 19
Full Bloom: March 25
KANTO
Nagano Start: April 9
Full Bloom: April 14
Yokohama Start: March 21
Full Bloom: March 28
Tokyo Start: March 22 Full Bloom: April 28
TOHOKU
Sendai Start: April 8
Full Bloom: April 13
Aomori Start: April 23
Full bloom: April 27
Yamagata Start: 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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