Latest Japan cherry blossom forecast 2019

According to the Japan Weather Association forecasts, the cherry blossoms are expected to bloom a bit earlier than usual in 2019. In Tokyo they are now expected to open around March 22nd. Be sure to check out our guidebooks for where to go on a budget any time of the year. Remember that the cherry blossoms usually only stay in full bloom for a week or two after full bloom. Here are the latest forecasts:

City forecasts

Tokyo and Kanto

CityFirst bloomFull bloom
Tokyo22nd March30th March
Yokohama22nd March1st April

Osaka, Kyoto and Kansai

CityFirst bloomFull bloom
Osaka25th March2nd April
Kyoto23rd March 1st April
Kobe26th March 5th April
Nara25th March 1st April
Wakayama (Koyasan)22nd March1st April

Japanese Alps and central Honshu

CityFirst bloomFull bloom
Nagano8th April13th April
Nagoya21st March 30th March
Gifu21st March 30th March
Kanazawa1st April7th April


CityFirst bloomFull bloom
Fukuoka19th March29th March
Kumamoto20th March30th March
Nagasaki21st March31st March
Beppu21st March2nd April
Miyasaki21st March 31st March
Kagoshima25th March 3rd April


CityFirst bloomFull bloom
Tottori24th March1st April
Matsue25th March2nd April
Okayama25th March1st April
Hiroshima22nd March31st March


CityFirst bloomFull bloom
Sapporo29th April3rd May
Hakodate28th April1st May
Asahikawa3rd May5th May
Kushiro14th May17th May
Abashiri8th May11th May


CityFirst bloomFull bloom
Akita18th April20th April
Sendai7th April12th April
Yamagata13th April17th April


CityFirst bloomFull bloom
Takamatsu25th March3rd April
Tokushima27th March5th April
Matsuyama21st March1st April
Kochi18th March27th March


CityFirst bloomFull bloom
Naha10th JanuaryAlready finished
Miyokojima7th JanuaryAlready finished
Ishigakijima16th JanuaryAlready finished

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict