Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2021

Check out the latest status of cherry blossoms in Japan 2021!!

Check out the 2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast in Japan and plan your perfect spring trip to Japan! We are sharing the best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan and the best time to see them on this Sakura Forecast 2021!

2021 Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Check out our cherry blossom forecast 2021 and don’t miss the best moment to see beautiful cherry blossoms in Japan! The information will be updated frequently till the cherry blossom season ends. Hope you will enjoy the most beautiful moment in Japan 😉
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The cherry blossom season in 2021 is expected to arrive Japan earlier than the average year as the temperature in February and March is predicted to be average or warmer. The estimated starting dates for cherry blossom blooming is 15 March in Tokyo, 20 March in Osaka and  16 March in Hiroshima, and the best time for Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) should be around a week later.

<<Updated on 1 April 2021>>

The beginning of cherry blossom season in Tokyo was officially announced on 14th March 2021, which is 12 days earlier than average and the earliest in the recorded history since 1953. The first bloomings of cherry blossoms were also spotted in Hiroshima on 11th March, Fukuoka on 12th March, Kyoto on 16th March, Aichi on 17th March then across the country from west to east. In northern part of Japan (Tohoku region and Hokkaido), cherry blossoms season is predicted to start in early to late April.

*The flowering and blooming period of cherry blossoms in Japan may change depending on the temperature and weather condition in February and March 2021.

Cherry Blossoms Forecast Map

The map below indicates the expected best viewing time of cherry blossoms in Japan in 2021. The best viewing time is about 5–7 days after the first bloom of cherry blossoms. The full blooming period can be enjoyed for about 1 week depending on weather condition.

Estimated Blooming Date of Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Here are the estimated dates for blossom opening/full bloom at popular tourist destinations in Japan in 2021 (updated on April 2021)

Sapporo: 24 April/28 April

Aomori: 15 April/19 April

Sendai: 28 March/31 March

Tokyo: 14 March/22 March

Ishikawa: 23 March/29 March

Nagano: 29 March/1 April

Nagoya: 17 March/26 March

Kyoto: 16 March/26 March

Osaka: 19 March/28 March

Hiroshima: 11 March/25 March

Fukuoka: 12 March/25 March


This forecast is subject to change due to unexpected temperature changes, rain and wind, which may effect on the cherry trees to quicken or delay their blooming time.

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in 2021

Here are some of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan in 2021!


-How to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

There are numbers of amazing cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo where you can enjoy beautiful spring scenery. Some places holds cherry blossoms festivals during the season with special events and delicious food and drinks. Also Yozakura (cherry blossom night viewing) is another great way to enjoy cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

Popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo tend to get very busy during the peak season, however, there are also ways to avoid big crowds and enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in more peaceful and private atmosphere. Some restaurants and cafes in Tokyo offers exclusive views of cherry blossoms from windows that can be appreciated while dining or sipping on a cup of coffee. Cherry blossom cruising is another great option which requires reservations in advance.

Cherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi
Cherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi

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Top 5 Tokyo Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
-1st. Shinjuku Gyoen: Tokyo’s largest national garden with 1000 cherry blossom trees
-2nd. Meguro River: 800 cherry trees and a lot of Japanese food stalls are lined up along the river
-3rd. Chidorigafuchi: Cherry blossoms flourishing around moats of the former Edo Castle
-4th. Ueno Park: The most popular nature spots to view cherry blossom in Tokyo
-5th. Sumida Park: Viewing cherry blossoms and Tokyo Skytree on a river cruise


Cherry blossoms with Takenaka Inari Shrine’s torii

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Top 5 Kyoto Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
-1st. Philosopher’s Walk: Picturesque stone-paved path lined by cherry blossoms
-2nd. Daigoji Temple: Historical temple with over 1,000 cherry trees
-3rd. Maruyama Park: Vast park with 680 cherry trees and light-up at night
-4th. Ninnaji Temple: Kyoto’s best late blooming cherry blossom spot
-5th. Heian Shrine: Shinto Shrine famous for weeping cherry blossoms

Around Tokyo

Satte Gongendo Park Cherry Blossoms with Mustard Yellow
Cherry blossoms with mustard yellow at Satte Gongendo Park, Saitama

▶ 10 Best Cherry Blossom Spots near Tokyo

Odawara CastleSaitamaKamakuraYokohamaMt.Akagi, Miura Kaigan Cherry Blossom Festival

Mt. Fuji area

Cherry blossoms with the view of Mt.Fuji
Cherry blossoms with the view of Mt.Fuji

▶ Best Cherry Blossom Spots around Mt Fuji

Fuji Kawaguchiko Cherry Blossom FestivalFuji Five Lakes, Oshino HakkaiFuji Shibazakura Festival, Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival, Izu Highland

Kansai area

Osaka (Osaka Castle, Osaka Mint Bureau, Expo’70 Commemorative Park)
Nara (YoshinoyamaTanzan Shrine)
Shiga (Miho Museum)
Shikoku area (Mt.Shiude)

Tohoku area

Cherry blossoms in Hirosaki Park, Aomori
Cherry blossom carpet in Hirosaki Park, Aomori

▶ Best Cherry Blossoms in Tohoku area

Hirosaki CastleKitakami Tenshochi, Shiroishi RiverTakada Castle, Hanamiyama Park, Nicchu Railway Line Memorial Cycling Pedestrians’ Path

Hokkaido area

Shibazakura in Niseko
Shibazakura blooming in Niseko, Hokkaido

▶ Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Hokkaido

Hakodate, Sapporo

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Top night cherry blossom viewing spots
Late blooming cherry blossoms

Note: Some of cherry blossom festivals and events in Japan are cancelled due to coronavirus. Please check the latest information on official websites before visiting. (Related article ▶ Cherry Blossom Festival Cancellations in Japan due to COVID-19)

If you want to enjoy viewing cherry blossoms all over Japan, traveling around the country by RV is one of the best ways to move. Check the best deal of camper van rental in Japan for you unique travel experience!

RV with cherry blossoms
Travel Japan by RV with the views of cherry blossoms in this spring!

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