2018 The Cherry Blossom Forecast by Japan Weather Association (Mar.14)

The latest Cherry Blossom Forecast has been published by Japan Weather Association today.

According to the forecast published today, the cherry blossoms will likely to start blooming few days earlier than anticipated in the last forecast published in February. Compared to other years, the flowers will bloom about 3 to 7 days earlier in most parts of Japan and about 3 days in Hokkaido region.

The chart below shows the estimated dates when the flowers reach peak bloom in major cities. Once the flower buds open, it takes about a week for them to reach full bloom.

Plan your hanami and don’t miss one of the most beautiful sights of Japan! Enjoy!
Check the post on hanami: Sakura season is just around the corner! Plan your hanami date and place.

Region City Estimated Peak Bloom Date
Kyushu Fukuoka (Fukuoka) March 27
Kumamoto (Kumamoto) March 25
Shikoku Matsuyama (Ehime) March 26
Chugoku Hiroshima (Hiroshima) March 30
Kinki Osaka (Osaka) March 29
Kyoto (Kyoto) March 29
Kobe (Hyogo) March 30
Tokai Nagoya (Aichi) March 31
Shizuoka (Shizuoka) March 27
Kanto Tokyo March 27
Koshin Nagano (Nagano) April 11
Hokuriku Niigata (Niigata) April 9
Kanazawa (Ishikawa) April 3
Tohoku Sendai (Miyagi) April 12
Fukushima (Fukushima) April 7
Aomori (Aomori) April 26
Hokkaido Sapporo May 4
Muroran May 8
Hakodate May 2


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The picture below was taken today near our office. The buds are still green.

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