2020 Cherry Blossom Forecast

We know you’ve been waiting, we have this year’s update for you! It may seem a bit early, but with all this warm weather, Japan Weather Association finally released their official forecast of the wave of pink for 2020. Our first Reiwa cherry blossoms! The forecast was released earlier this month, but just updated


This year has seen so much up and down with the weather, and the bouts of spring like weather that have peppered our winter are said to have a big effect on the cherry blossoms. The map sites the first sakura appearances Tokyo is expected to start to bloom from March 18th, with the southern regions following the next week. Areas in the cool north, such as Aomori and Hokkaido, won’t see blossoms til much later, early April, and for Hokkaido, not until May!
For the full list of current predictions of the initial bloom and the full bloom (満開 mankai) see the below chart. How does it look for your destination cities?


With the unpredictable weather, things could still change. We’ll have to wait for the next update, coming to you February 6th!
For some cool perspective on the cherry blossoms in Japan, see our article The Science Behind The Cherry Blossom: Blooms and Berries.
We hope you’re all getting excited for this year, we certainly are!

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