Cherry Blossom Forecast in Japan 2024

Check the Sakura Forecast 2024 for the Best Time to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan!

Viewing beautifully blooming cherry blossoms, called Hanami or Ohanami in Japan, has been a traditional entertaining custom for a long time. It is now one of the biggest reasons for many international tourists to visit Japan in spring, especially March and April. If you plan your spring trip to Japan, it is strongly recommended to check when you can see cherry blossoms in full bloom since the best season differs depending the place and the year.

Check out the 2024 Cherry Blossom Forecast in Japan to see when is the best season to view the perfect full bloom. In addition to basic information about Japanese cherry blossoms, which are also known as Sakura, we are also sharing the best places to see cherry blossoms in each of popular destinations in Japan such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hokkaido and so on.

Plan your perfect spring trip to Japan!

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When is the Best Season to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan?

Cherry blossoms in Japan

If you think you can see cherry blossoms in Japan for a few months in spring, it is wrong. The best season to enjoy Sakura in full bloom in each place is for about a week. And, a peak season is different from place to place. Cherry blossoms flourish earlier in temperate regions and later in cold climates.

For example, they start blooming from late March in the southern region Kyushu and reach full bloom about a week later. On the other hand, cherry blossoms in the northernmost prefecture Hokkaido are at their peak in early May.

To capture the Japanese spring flowers in perfect condition, check the latest forecast until just before your visit.

Cherry Blossom Forecast in Japan for 2024

Let’s check the following cherry blossom forecast for the spring trip in 2024. The blooming and full bloom periods last year were quite early nationwide. In Tokyo, the blossoms started blooming in the middle of March, which is about 10 days earlier than the average year.

Although it really depends on the temperature and weather of the year, in typical years, the cherry blossoms begin to bloom in Tokyo from late March, and full bloom can be enjoyed from the end of March to early April. In popular touristic cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, the cherry blossoms also start around the same time. In Central Japan, cherry blossoms begin to bloom from early to mid-April. By late April, you can see cherry blossoms in Tohoku, and from May, you can see them in Hokkaido as well.

Of course, the specific timing varies depending on the location and weather conditions, so the best viewing time changes every year. To know more precised cherry blossom information, it’s recommended to check the forecast in February and March.

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024: Estimated Blooming and Full Bloom Dates in Japan

The first cherry blossom forecast for 2024 has been announced in early January. According to the temperature and the growth of cherry trees, the blooming time of cherry blossoms is expected to be similar to an average year or earlier nationwide.

In 2024, cherry blossoms are expected to bloom on similar timing as an average year or earlier in Hokkaido and northern Japan while the forecast for the rest of Japan is predicted to be earlier than an average year.

Here are the estimated dates for blossom opening/full bloom at popular tourist destinations in Japan. The estimated information is based on Tenki.jp served by Japan Weather Association and ALiNK Internet, INC. (Updated: April, 2024).

City Blooming Date
Full Bloom Date
Sapporo (Hokkaido) April 27 🌸 April 30 🌸🌸🌸
Aomori April 15 🌸 April 18 🌸🌸🌸
Sendai (Miyagi) April 2 🌸 April 6 🌸🌸🌸
Tokyo March 29 🌸 April 4 🌸🌸🌸
Kanazawa (Ishikawa) April 1 🌸 April 5 🌸🌸🌸
Nagano April 5 🌸 April 10 🌸🌸🌸
Nagoya (Aichi) March 28 🌸 April 5 🌸🌸🌸
Kyoto March 29 🌸 April 5 🌸🌸🌸
Osaka March 30 🌸 April 3 🌸🌸🌸
Hiroshima March 25 🌸 April 5 🌸🌸🌸
Fukuoka March 27 🌸 April 2 🌸🌸🌸

Check out our cherry blossom forecast 2024 and don’t miss the best moment to see beautiful cherry blossoms in Japan! Hope you will enjoy the most beautiful moment in Japan!

***NOTE***

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.

Want to go see Cherry Blossom in Japan? Buy your train ticket in advance!

Japan Bullet Train Sakura

During cherry blossom season, popular spots attracts both tourists and locals, and express and bullet trains operate with a reserved seat system, meaning they can quickly become fully booked. So make sure to book your tickets ahead of time to secure your seat.

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Facts about Cherry Blossoms

As much as we love Japanese cherry blossoms, how well do we know about it? Here are facts and brief history about cherry blossoms in Japan.

Cherry blossoms have been a symbol of Japan and considered as the national flower for many centuries. Accordingly, Hanami (cherry blossom viewing), the traditional way to celebrate cherry blossoms, started in Nara period (710-794) as people started to admire the flower, then during Heian period (794-1185), cherry blossoms attracted more attention and people produced many varieties by by selecting superior and mutant trees that were created through natural cross-breeding of wild cherry trees.

Since then, the Japanese’s obsession with those pretty pink flower kept growing and Hanami has become one of the biggest seasonal customs in Japan.

Hanami is not only about watching beautiful flowers blooming but also gathering with friends, families and colleagues, and having a good time together. Many Japanese enjoy a picnic under cherry blossoms with food and drinks as well as viewing flowers at night (“Yozakura” in Japanese).

You can read more about Hanami in Japan ▶ What is Hanami?

There are considerably over 200 kinds of cherry trees existing in Japan. The most common one is called “Somei Yoshino”, which most of you may recognize it as cherry blossom, the one has pale pink petals. Other common kinds of cherry blossoms are “Yaezakura” which has thick bright pink petals and bloom few weeks later than Somei Yoshino, and “Shidarezakura” (weeping cherry blossoms in English).

There are also some early blooming cherry trees including Kawazu Cherry Blossoms (Kawazu Zakura) which typically starts blooming in late winter around early February and can be enjoyed until early March.

Shibazakura (pink moss) is another popular spring flower, which is not exactly kind of cherry blossoms but often described as “lawn cherry blossoms” and blooms in April to May.

Check more varieties of cherry blossoms in Japan ▶ 10 Different Types of Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan in 2024

Most of the popular tourist destinations in Japan including Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto have lots of good spots to view beautiful Japanese cherries. At Some Sakura spots, you can admire cherry blossoms with other iconic landmarks such as rivers, mountains, Japanese castles, illuminations, etc.

▶ Best Place to View Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Here are some of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and other areas in Japan this year!

Tokyo

Cherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi
Cherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi

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.

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

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Around Tokyo

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

If you stay in Tokyo, you may want to take side trips to neighboring prefectures in Kanto Region. Kamakura, Yokohama, Nikko and other areas are becoming more popular among tourist from abroad. Check out which area to visit around Tokyo like these:

Odawara CastleKamakuraYokohama, Satte Gongendo Park, Miura Kaigan Cherry Blossom Festival

More places to see cherry blossom around Tokyo:

▶ Best Cherry Blossom Spots around Tokyo

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Mt. Fuji area

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

Mt Fuji, one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in Japan, is also a perfect place to enjoy cherry blossoms. People also visit the Mt.Fuji area in April for Fuji Kawaguchiko Cherry Blossom Festival. These are recommended Sakura spots around Mt.Fuji:

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

More places to see cherry blossom near Mt Fuji: Best Cherry Blossom Spots around Mt Fuji

Kyoto

Cherry blossoms with Takenaka Inari Shrine’s torii

The old capital Kyoto is one of the best cities to view cherry blossoms in Japan while it is also known for autumn leaves. There are a lot of historical areas including temples and shrines, whose scenery matches cherry blossoms well. You can see them in some popular tourist sites like Kiyomizudera Temple and Ninnaji Temple. In addition, Kyoto contains many hidden gems where beautiful cherry blossoms bloom.

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

More places to see cherry blossom in Kyoto: Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto

Osaka

Osaka Castle with cherry blossoms
Osaka Castle with cherry blossoms

Osaka, the second biggest city in Japan, boasts some symbolic places featuring cherry blossoms. There are 3,000 cherry trees in Osaka Castle Park, which forms the scenic castle with the pink flowers in spring.

More places to see cherry blossom in Osaka: Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Osaka

Kansai Region

Mt Yoshino: sakura-covered mountain

Besides Osaka and Kyoto, Kansai Region consists of other attractive prefectures such as Nara and Shiga. They also have famous cherry blossom viewing places like these:

Nara (YoshinoyamaTanzan Shrine)
Shiga (Miho Museum)
Shikoku area (Mt.Shiude)

Nagano

Cherry blossoms blooming by Lake Nakatsuna

For those who have a plan to stay in Central Japan, Nagano is a must-visit area to enjoy magnificent cherry blossom views with the Japan Alps. Chikuma River is also a unique location with 600 cherry trees in two rows stretching along the river bank.

Tohoku Region

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

In Tohoku Region, the northern part of Japan’s main island, you can enjoy late blooming cherry blossoms from mid-April if you miss out the peak time. Each of the prefectures in Tohoku is less known to foreign tourist yet but is worth visiting. Just check where to go in spring:

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

More places to see cherry blossom in Tohoku Region: Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Tohoku

Hokkaido

Shibazakura in Niseko
Shibazakura blooming in Niseko, Hokkaido

Hokkaido is a well-known tourist destination for snow and fresh seafood in winter and colorful flowers in summer. At the same time, it houses nice spots to see cherry blossoms, too. Fort Goryokaku in Hakodate is known for the unique view of the star-shapes fortress colored by the pink flowers.

More places to see cherry blossom in Hokkaido: Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Hokkaido

More Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan

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-Top Night Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
-Late Blooming Cherry Blossom Spots

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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