2016 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Updated May 12, 2016

The cherry blossom blossom season has ended in most of Japan. Due to above-average temperatures, the 2016 season took place several days earlier than average except in some areas of Kyushu and Shikoku where it followed a relatively average pace. Northern Japan saw a particularly early season, with some cities enjoying the seasonal delight up to ten days earlier than average.

Rain, wind and temperatures have a strong effect on the process of the season, for example, they can accelerate, delay or shorten it considerably. Therefore, please use these forecasts at your own risk.

Major Cities

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Tokyo End of Season Opened March 21 March 30 to April 6
Kyoto End of Season Opened March 23 April 1 to 6
Osaka End of Season Opened March 23 April 1 to 6
Nagoya End of Season Opened March 19 March 30 to April 6
Fukuoka End of Season Opened March 19 March 30 to April 6

Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Fukuoka End of Season Opened March 19 March 30 to April 6
Kagoshima End of Season Opened March 27 April 2 to 8
Kumamoto End of Season Opened March 22 March 29 to April 6
Hiroshima End of Season Opened March 23 April 1 to 6
Matsuyama End of Season Opened March 23 March 30 to April 6
Takamatsu End of Season Opened March 26 April 2 to 6

Kansai

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Kyoto End of Season Opened March 23 April 1 to 6
Osaka End of Season Opened March 23 April 1 to 6
Nara End of Season Opened March 23 April 1 to 6
Yoshino End of Season Opened March 30 April 4 to 10

Kanto and Chubu

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Tokyo End of Season Opened March 21 March 30 to April 6
Nagoya End of Season Opened March 19 March 30 to April 6
Yokohama End of Season Opened March 23 March 31 to April 6
Kanazawa End of Season Opened March 30 April 3 to 10
Takayama End of Season Opened April 6 April 11 to 17
Matsumoto End of Season Opened April 1 April 5 to 11
Fuji Five Lakes End of Season Opened April 8 April 12 to 17

Tohoku and Hokkaido

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Fukushima End of Season Opened March 30 April 5 to 13
Sendai End of Season Opened April 1 April 6 to 14
Kitakami End of Season Opened April 12 April 17 to 24
Kakunodate End of Season Opened April 20 April 20 to 27
Hirosaki End of Season Opened April 18 April 22 to 29
Hakodate End of Season Opened April 24 April 26 to May 4
Sapporo End of Season Opened April 25 April 30 to May 7
* Cherry tree opening estimates by Japan Weather Association, except Yoshino which is by Yoshino Town and Fuji Five Lakes which we try to estimate ourselves. Estimated best viewing periods by japan-guide.com based on the opening estimates.
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Page last updated: May 12, 2016