Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2015
As of April 27, 2015

Warm temperatures caused the cherry blossom front to move up the Japanese archipelago at a record-breaking pace this year. The trees reached full bloom in Hakodate on April 24 and in Sapporo on April 26, almost two weeks earlier than average. While our annual reporting of the seasonal spectacle will end on April 30 in Sapporo, the cherry blossoms will continue to delight hanami-goers in more eastern and northern areas of Hokkaido and higher elevations of northeastern Japan for a couple more weeks.

Below are the actual and forecast dates of cherry trees opening their blossoms this year (according to the Japan Weather Association, except Yoshino which is according to Yoshino Town) and the estimated best viewing periods (estimated by based on the aforementioned forecasts). Rain, wind and temperatures can have a strong effect on the process of the season, for example, they can accelerate, delay or shorten it considerably. Use the forecasts on your own risk.

Location Opening Estimated Best Viewing  
Tokyo Opened March 23 March 29 to April 5
Kyoto Opened March 27 April 1 to 8
Kagoshima Opened March 21 March 30 to April 6
Kumamoto Opened March 21 March 29 to April 4
Fukuoka Opened March 22 March 29 to April 4
Hiroshima Opened March 24 March 30 to April 5
Matsuyama Opened March 27 April 1 to 7
Takamatsu Opened March 24 March 30 to April 5
Osaka Opened March 26 March 31 to April 7
Nara Opened March 26 March 31 to April 7
Yoshino Opened April 1 April 6 to 13
Nagoya Opened March 21 March 30 to April 5
Yokohama Opened March 23 March 29 to April 5
Kanazawa Opened April 1 April 4 to 11
Takayama Opened April 12 April 18 to 25
Matsumoto Opened April 4 April 8 to 14
Fukushima Opened April 2 April 6 to 13
Sendai Opened April 3 April 9 to 19
Kitakami Opened April 10 April 15 to 23
Kakunodate Opened April 18 April 19 to 28
Hirosaki Opened April 16 April 20 to 28
Hakodate Opened April 21 April 24 to May 1
Sapporo Opened April 22 April 25 to May 2

2015 Cherry Blossom Reports
April 30
April 29
April 23
April 22
April 21
April 16
April 16
April 15
April 14
April 13
April 10
April 10
see all 2015 reports - see 2014 reports - schedule of upcoming reports

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Page last updated: April 27, 2015