community-forum community-penpal community-userReports destinations-admission destinations-beenThere-outline destinations-beenThere-solid destinations-city_outline destinations-city_solid destinations-closedDays destinations-date destinations-getThere destinations-hotels destinations-hoursFees destinations-itineraries-3 destinations-links destinations-nearbySpots destinations-pin-simple-outline destinations-pin-simple destinations-sortBy-dots destinations-thumbsUp destinations-tours destinations-town destinations-wishlist-heart-outline destinations-wishlist-heart-solid interests-agriculture interests-amusementParks interests-beaches interests-castles interests-city_solid interests-contemporaryArt interests-events interests-festivals interests-flowers interests-foodDrink interests-gardens interests-hiking interests-historicSites interests-industry interests-koyo-single interests-koyo interests-mangaAnime interests-museums interests-nature interests-onsen interests-parks interests-pottery interests-sakura-single interests-sakura interests-scenicRides interests-shopping interests-shrines interests-skiing interests-snow interests-sumo interests-temples interests-traditionalArts interests-traditionalTheater interests-viewpoints interests-volcanoes interests-wildlife interests-winterIlluminations news-section planning-section planning-tickets-2 planning-transportation-access planning-transportation-bicycle planning-transportation-boat-2 planning-transportation-boat planning-transportation-bus planning-transportation-car planning-transportation-plane planning-transportation-shinkansen planning-transportation-tickets planning-transportation-train planning-transportation-walk shapes-chevron-down shapes-circle shapes-star social-fb social-gplus social-instagram social-twitter ui-alert-construction ui-alert-warning ui-calendar ui-date ui-globe ui-lightbulb ui-no_entry ui-ok ui-pencil ui-reverse ui-search ui-time ui-x user-avatar
seasonal-koyo-brown seasonal-koyo-green seasonal-koyo-red seasonal-koyo-yellow seasonal-sakura-aboutToOpen seasonal-sakura-endOfSeason seasonal-sakura-fullBloom seasonal-sakura-justOpened seasonal-sakura-notOpen seasonal-sakura-opening seasonal-sakura-petalsFalling seasonal-sakura-petalsStarting

2017 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Season Status
March 25, 2017 — The cherry blossoms started to open in Tokyo on March 21, five days earlier than average. Best viewing is expected to start around March 30. In most of the rest of Japan, however, the blossoms are expected to open closer to their average schedule or with a slight delay. In Kyoto, they are predicted to start opening on March 30.

Major Cities

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Tokyo
Opening
Opened March 21 March 30 to April 7
Kyoto
Not Open Yet
March 30 April 8 to 16
Osaka
Not Open Yet
March 29 April 7 to 15
Nagoya
Not Open Yet
March 26 April 5 to 13
Fukuoka
Opening
Opened March 25 April 2 to 10

Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Fukuoka
Opening
Opened March 25 April 2 to 10
Kagoshima
Not Open Yet
April 1 April 9 to 17
Kumamoto
Not Open Yet
March 26 April 3 to 11
Hiroshima
Not Open Yet
March 28 April 5 to 13
Matsuyama
Not Open Yet
March 25 April 3 to 11
Takamatsu
Not Open Yet
March 28 April 5 to 13

Kansai

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Kyoto
Not Open Yet
March 30 April 8 to 16
Osaka
Not Open Yet
March 29 April 7 to 15
Nara
Not Open Yet
March 30 April 8 to 16
Yoshino
Not Open Yet
April 2 April 9 to 19

Kanto and Chubu

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Tokyo
Opening
Opened March 21 March 30 to April 7
Nagoya
Not Open Yet
March 26 April 5 to 13
Yokohama
Opening
Opened March 25 April 2 to 10
Kanazawa
Not Open Yet
April 2 April 9 to 17
Takayama
Not Open Yet
April 15 April 19 to 27
Fuji Five Lakes
Not Open Yet
No forecast available yet
Matsumoto
Not Open Yet
April 9 April 13 to 21

Tohoku and Hokkaido

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Fukushima
Not Open Yet
April 7 April 11 to 19
Sendai
Not Open Yet
April 7 April 13 to 21
Kitakami
Not Open Yet
April 19 April 23 to 30
Kakunodate
Not Open Yet
April 24 April 27 to May 6
Hirosaki
Not Open Yet
April 21 April 25 to May 3
Hakodate
Not Open Yet
April 30 May 3 to 10
Sapporo
Not Open Yet
May 3 May 5 to 12
* 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.
Page last updated: March 25, 2017