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Season Summary
A warm March and first half of April led to an early cherry blossom season in 2018.
Tokyo best viewing:
March 25 - April 1
Kyoto best viewing:
March 28 - April 3

Hakodate: Blossoms Opening

One of the first and best places to see the seasonal spectacle on Hokkaido is the city of Hakodate where the blossoms officially opened on April 25, five days ahead of their average pace...

Hirosaki: Full Bloom

The park is currently in its best viewing stage and, should the dry and calm weather that is forecast for the next few days come to pass, I expect the cherry blossoms to stay looking great here until around the end of the week...

Kakunodate: Approaching Full Bloom

Today I was in the town of Kakunodate. I'm pleased to report that despite the rain showers making this one of the wetter reports I’ve done, the cherry blossoms were generally looking very nice...

Hirosaki: About To Open

I found on my visit early this morning the blossoms were generally just about to open, and in the hours that have passed since then I expect many petals in certain parts of the park to now be vibrantly visible...

Kitakami: Blossoms Opening

Today I was in nearby Kitakami and its famous Tenshochi Park. Whilst some trees looked well on their way to full bloom and others a little behind the pace, in general the blossoms in the area looked to be in the process of opening this morning...

Hiraizumi: Full Bloom

Today I was in Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture to see the state of things here. I'm happy to report that the town has reached full bloom and was exhibiting some beautiful displays of color today

Mount Fuji: Full Bloom

The 2018 cherry blossom season is now in places in higher elevations and moving northwards slowly. I returned to the Fuji Five Lakes area today, almost a week after my last trip to check on the progress of the...

Shiroishi: Petals Starting To Fall

Today I made the journey from Sendai to nearby Shiroishi, a town with multiple sakura spots that typically attract lots of visitors come spring. I found a mixed bag in the spots I visited today...

Aizu: Approaching Full Bloom

The cherry blossom front line has moved towards the north, and this week, we are checking out the cherry blossoms in cities at higher elevations like the Fuji Five Lakes area as well as in the Tohoku Region. Compared...

Sendai: Petals Starting To Fall

Today I was in Sendai to see how the blossoms were doing there. I found that despite preliminary signs of decline, the blossoms in Tohoku’s biggest city predominantly still made for best viewing...

Takizakura: Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season is now in full swing in the northerly Tohoku Region of Japan with many of the region’s best blossom viewing spots at their best viewing in places like Sendai and Fukushima this week....

Matsumoto: Petals Starting To Fall

With the cherry blossoms having officially opened here on April 1, the city has recently been enjoying its best viewing period. Today I found the cherry trees to generally still be looking great despite an ongoing barrage from relatively strong winds sweeping through the area...

Mount Fuji: Approaching Full Bloom

The cherry blossom front is moving northwards and towards the higher elevations, and almost on its last legs in cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. Joe was in Fukushima yesterday and reported that the flowers were still at...

Yoshino: Past Peak

Today the optimum viewing period was fast coming to an end, with many trees having shed their petals, although still looking good. Since my visit this morning however, rain showers and more wind have swept in, and these, I suspect, will have now definitively ended the area’s best viewing period...

Fukushima: Full Bloom

The cherry blossoms are now hitting full bloom this week in Japan’s northerly Tohoku Region and high elevation areas like Mt. Yoshino and the Mt. Fuji area, while the season in western and southern Japan is just...

Kyoto: Past Peak

Despite some trees being past it, there are still some pockets of later-blooming cherry trees that are in an optimum viewing state, and should resist the rain forecast over the next couple of days to remain spectacular even into next week...

Takaoka: Petals Starting To Fall

Almost a week into April, the cherry blossom front has been steadily moving towards the Tohoku Region and in places at higher elevations. The sakura season has reached their peak in cities like Sendai and Fukushima...

Kanazawa: Full Bloom

The main cherry blossom season is almost over in the main cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. This year’s sakura season so far has been on average about a week to ten days earlier compared to the average year. The warmer than...

Kyoto: Past Peak

In an average year, early April is when the cherry blossom season reaches its peak. However due to a warmer March, the season has been expedited this year and by now, the mainstream Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms in...

Yoshino: Full Bloom

The sakura season is approaching its end in Tokyo and Kyoto and moving northwards. Fukushima is one of the first cities in the Tohoku Region to reach full bloom today, a mere four days after announcing the opening of...

Tokyo: Past Peak

After a warm, sunny week at full bloom last week, cherry blossom spots across western Japan and as far north as Tokyo were nearing the end of their best viewing periods on Monday. Blossom watchers in these spots can...

Kyoto: Petals Starting To Fall

The last week of March saw many cities from Kyushu to at their best viewing period. Yesterday and today are likely to be the last weekend to see the cherry blossoms at their best in those places. Good weather is...

Nagoya: Petals Starting To Fall

We are now at the end of March and in the last two weeks, we have been chasing the cherry blossom front from Kyushu to Kanto. This year’s sakura season so far has been about a week earlier compared to the average...

Kyoto: Full Bloom

As the warm and sunny spring weather continues across Japan, so has the cherry blossom season with many cities in western, central and eastern Japan currently at full bloom and in their best viewing period. This good...

Tokyo: Full Bloom

It’s full bloom and sunshine this week as the cherry blossom season is now in full swing. After nearly a month of warm temperatures, blossoms all over the country have bloomed nearly a week earlier than on average,...

Osaka: Full Bloom

It has been almost two weeks since the start of the cherry blossom season when Tokyo and a few cities in Kyushu reported the opening of their first blossoms (kaika). The sakura season in western, central and eastern...

Hiroshima: Full Bloom

The pace of this year’s sakura season has been about a week earlier compared to the average year. The temperatures over the last few days have been warmer than usual, resulting in an earlier best viewing period...

Kyoto: Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season continues to pick up pick up steam across the country, and reports from Kyushu to Tokyo are announcing full bloom this week. After several weeks of warmer-than-usual weather, the

Fukuoka: Full Bloom

We are now in our second week of our yearly sakura reports and almost all the cities from Kyushu to Kanto have announced the opening of their first blossoms (kaika) with the exception of some cities located at higher...

Tokyo: Full Bloom

The 2018 cherry blossom season is now quickly reaching its best viewing period this week in Tokyo and many places across southern Japan after an unusually warm past few weeks. Thanks to the extra push, the blossoms...

Kumamoto: Full Bloom

This week, many of the places which announced the opening of their first blossoms (kaika) last week have entered their best viewing period. After kaika, it typically takes about five to ten days for the season to...

Minobu: Full Bloom

Today I visited Minobu in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Mount Fuji, for the first-ever cherry blossom report from the town in our ten years of reporting Japan’s hanami season.Minobu is named after sacred Mount...

Kochi: Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season is currently underway in western, central and eastern Japan. By today, most of the cities in Kyushu, Shikoku, Chugoku, Kinki, Chubu and Kanto regions have announced the opening of their first...

Osaka: Just Opened

This year’s cherry blossom season so far has been about a week earlier compared to the average year due to warmer temperatures in March. Despite a couple of cold weather days over the spring equinox which also brought...

Kyoto: About To Open

In the week following the opening of the first blossoms (kaika) in Tokyo on March 17, 2018, kaika was also announced in the majority of cities west of the metropolis. Due to the warmer temperatures in March, the...

Tokyo: Blossoms Opening

Despite a cold snap bringing low temperatures to the region, I found that the progress of the petals hadn’t been much affected and that today the sakura were still on track to reach their optimum-viewing state earlier than average, with some places already well-towards full bloom.

Tokyo: Just Opened

Spring has come and it’s that time of the year where the team at japan-guide.com bring you the latest cherry blossoms reports from all across the country. The sakura season was officially opened in Tokyo on March 17,...