Ready to be done with winter? Fantasize about warmer times to come and get ready for the 2023 hanami season with this year’s cherry blossom forecast.

Japan 2023 cherry blossom forecast. Last updated January 12, 2023. | Photo by Japan Meteorological Corporation

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. Also, check regularly because the forecast is updated frequently.

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Below is the 2023 sakura forecast for major cities, including the date when the cherry blossoms are expected to be in full bloom.
Planning to stick around Tokyo? We’ve got you covered here with details on Tokyo area bloom dates.

2023 Japan cherry blossom forecast for major cities

Last updated: January 12, 2023

Kyūshū

CityMarchApril
FukuokaStart: March 23Full Bloom: April 1
KagoshimaStart: March 27Full Bloom: April 7

Shikoku and Chūgoku

CityMarchApril
KochiStart: March 22
Full bloom: March 30
N/A
HiroshimaStart: March 26Full Bloom: April 4

Kansai

CityMarchApril
KyotoStart: March 27Full Bloom: April 5
OsakaStart: March 28Full Bloom: April 5
WakayamaStart: March 27Full Bloom: April 4
KōbeStart: March 30Full Bloom: April 7
NaraStart: March 29Full Bloom: April 5

Chūbu

CityMarchApril
NagoyaStart: March 25Full Bloom: April 4
ShizuokaStart: March 27Full Bloom: April 5
KanazawaNot bloomingStart: April 4
Full Bloom: April 10
NiigataNot bloomingStart: April 8
Full Blossom: April 13
NaganoNot bloomingStart: April 9
Full Blossom: April 15

Kantō

CityMarchApril
TokyoStart: March 22
Full bloom: March 30
N/A
YokohamaStart: March 24Full bloom: April 2

Tōhoku

CityMarchApril
SendaiNot bloomingStart: April 4
Full Bloom: April 13
YamagataNot bloomingStart: April 13
Full Bloom: April 17
AomoriNot bloomingStart: April 22
Full bloom: April 26

Hokkaidō

CityMarchAprilMay
HakodateNot bloomingStart: April 30Full bloom: May 3
SapporoNot bloomingNot bloomingStart: May 2
Full bloom: May 5
MuroranNot bloomingNot bloomingStart: May 4
Full bloom: May 9

Forecast data provided by the Japan Meteorological Corporation.

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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