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Season Summary
The cherry blossoms started opening early in 2019, but a cold weather period slowed them down as they were opening, causing some unusual blooming patterns. A warm April led to an early season in northern Japan.
Tokyo best viewing:
March 28 - April 8
Kyoto best viewing:
April 5 - 10

Sapporo: Full Bloom

With the cherry blossom season season over in Japan’s main island, Honshu, attention is now all on the state of the petals in its northern island Hokkaido. Yesterday I was in Hakodate and reported full bloom around...

Hakodate: Full Bloom

The first cherry blossom season report this year was nearly seven weeks ago and now the blossoms are coming to an end on Japan’s main island Honshu. Yesterday I visited Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture and found that...

Hirosaki: Petals Starting To Fall

On Japan’s main island, Honshu, the cherry blossom season has come to an end in all but the most northern areas. Last week on Thursday, Joe visited Hirosaki Castle and found that full bloom had arrived. Similarly,...

Kakunodate: Full Bloom

This year’s cherry blossom season is in full swing in the north half of the Tohoku Region this week, where sakura (cherry blossom) hot spots like Kitakami and Hirosaki, which I reported at full bloom yesterday, are...

Hirosaki: Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season is still going strong in northern Japan as cities in the northern half of the Tohoku Region are reaching full bloom this week. While the season has finished in southern and central Japan,...

Hirosaki: Approaching Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season has come to an end in the southern half of Japan and is winding down in southern cities of the Tohoku Region such as Fukushima and Sendai. However many places in the northern part of Honshu...

Kitakami: Full Bloom

As we enter the final full week of April, the cherry blossom season has come to an end across the southern half of Japan. If you’re hoping to see the petals in person, this week the higher altitudes and elevations of...

Gunma: Full Bloom

I ventured to two spots on my Gunma travels today, namely Mount Myogi Sakura no Sato and Akagi Nanmen Senbonsakura. I found that the blossom spots in the region were generally enjoying their best viewing period, with some spectacular displays on offer for visitors to enjoy...

Aizu: Approaching Full Bloom

With the cherry blossom season finishing up in southern and central Japan, the blossom front has now moved into northern Japan and areas with higher elevations as parts of the Tohoku Region and places like the Mt....

Kyoto: End of Season

Five days after Raina’s report in Kyoto, the cherry blossom season in the old capital has entered its final stage with petals having fallen from a majority of the popular mainstream Somei Yoshino variety. However...

Tokyo: End of Season

The cherry blossom season 2019 is now in its final stage in Tokyo, as Schauwecker reported six days ago. In some areas, cherry trees of the popular and mainstream Somei Yoshino variety have lost most of their...

Sendai: Approaching Full Bloom

With Tokyo and Kyoto and most of southern Japan’s major cities past their best viewing period, the cherry blossom season is now underway in parts of the northerly Tohoku Region and higher elevation areas like the...

Matsumoto: Blossoms Opening

Today I took a trip to the old city of Matsumoto in Nagano Prefetcure to see how the blossoms were getting on, and found that the majority of the city was still in a state of opening...

Kyoto: Petals Starting To Fall

It has been five days since full bloom was reported in Kyoto, and today, I headed back to the old capital to see how the cherry blossoms were holding up. Yesterday’s all-day rain did not do as much damage as I had...

Fukushima: Full Bloom

As the cherry blossom season is wrapping up this week in much of southern Japan, the blossom

Osaka: Petals Starting To Fall

Cold and wet weather today in most of the country, and Osaka, where I was today, was no exception. Full bloom was reported in Osaka on April 4, 2019, and I judged that we have entered the beginning of the end of...

Yoshino: Approaching Full Bloom

Today I visited Mount Yoshinoyama to check out how the cherry trees have fare since our last visit. Yoshinoyama has thousands of cherry trees planted on its slopes, and is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot...

Mount Fuji: Blossoms Opening

I found that while there were some pockets of trees which looked to be already progressing nicely towards full bloom this morning, the area in general looks to be a few days away from best viewing...

Tokyo: Past Peak

When Charles visited Tokyo three days ago on Sunday, the cherry trees in the city center were starting to shed their petals but still looked quite spectacular. However, the additional 72 hours since then and...

Kyoto: Petals Starting To Fall

We are now in the second week of April, and the cherry blossom frontline has reached the Tohoku Region where Fukushima and Sendai reported the opening of their first blossoms on April 5, 2019. Majority of the cities...

Tokyo: Petals Starting To Fall

The cherry blossom season has been at its peak this week in Tokyo and is moving towards its later stages. Three days after Joe reported in the capital, the trees have started losing their petals but are still at...

Kyoto: Full Bloom

In most major cities across southern Japan, this weekend is a good time to see the cherry blossoms looking their best. Yesterday Raina reported that Takamatsu, located in northwestern Shikoku, was at full bloom and...

Kanazawa: Blossoms Opening

Sakura season in Kanazawa started officially on April 1, 2019 when the first blossoms opened. Today, I headed to Kanazawa four days after kaika to see how far the flowers at two of the popular cherry blossom spots in...

Usuzumizakura: Approaching Full Bloom

Today I visited one of Japan’s three most celebrated cherry trees, the Usuzumizakura. The tree is said to be around 1500 years old, is of the Edohigan variety and stands in rural Motosu City, Gifu Prefecture. The...

Yoshino: Blossoms Opening

Today I visited the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in the country, Mount Yoshino. The north facing slope is covered in around 30,000 cherry trees of different varieties.Due to somewhat cooler...

Takamatsu: Full Bloom

This week, many cities that started their cherry blossom season at the end of March have entered their best viewing period and are finally reaching full bloom. A cold front at the end of last week till the beginning...

Tokyo: Full Bloom

It’s prime blossom viewing time this week as many of Tokyo’s cherry trees have reached full bloom today. And with cooler temperatures over the last couple days and mild weather predicted for the rest of the week,...

Matsuyama: Approaching Full Bloom

It has been over a week since the opening of the first blossoms were reported in cities from Kyushu to the Kanto Region. Many of the cherry blossom spots in these cities are already at their best viewing, while a...

Okayama: Approaching Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season is now starting to come into its own across southern Japan. Today Hiroshima officially announced that it has reached full bloom. Most major cities from Fukuoka to Tokyo will likely be...

Himeji: Approaching Full Bloom

As we enter the middle of the first week of April, the cherry blossoms across southern Japan are starting to look their best. Yesterday Raina reported that blossoms in Iwakuni and Hiroshima are now entering their...

Kyoto: Blossoms Opening

The cherry blossoms were officially announced to have started opening in Kyoto on March 27 this year. Today I went to Japan’s former capital city to check on the progress of the cherry trees since Raina’s report...

Hiroshima: Approaching Full Bloom

The opening of the first blossoms in Hiroshima were officially reported on March 22, 2019. I revisited the city and Miyajima today, eleven days after kaika and five days after our last report, and I am pleased to...

Iwakuni: Approaching Full Bloom

Iwakuni is a small city in southeast Yamaguchi Prefecture that is most famous for Kintaikyo Bridge, one of the top three famous bridges in the country. The area around the bridge together with the nearby Kikko Park is...

Osaka: Blossoms Opening

Today, I head to Osaka for our first cherry blossom report from the city this season. The opening of the first blossoms was officially announced in Osaka on March 27, 2019, more or less on par to the average year. I...

Kamakura: Approaching Full Bloom

This year’s cherry blossom season is fully underway as the blossoms are now reaching their best viewing in the greater Tokyo area and are well on their way in most major cities in southern and central Japan.As...

Fukuoka: Approaching Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season is now well underway across the southern half of Japan. As Charly reported yesterday, Tokyo is currently nearly at full bloom and is expected to be looking its best through the second half of...

Tokyo: Approaching Full Bloom

Since Joe reported in Tokyo three days ago, it seems like the state of the cherry blossoms has not made much progress, with most of the cherry trees blooming at around 75 percent. This is due to low temperatures in...

Kyoto: Blossoms Opening

The cherry blossom season in Kyoto kicked off when the opening of the first blossoms (kaika) was reported officially on March 27. Today, I visited some of the popular cherry blossom spots in Kyoto to see how the...

Nagoya: Blossoms Opening

We’ve now entered the end of the first week of the cherry blossom season. The earliest major cities to report the opening of their first blossoms (kaika) were Tokyo and Fukuoka on March 21 and Nagoya on March 22....

Tokyo: Approaching Full Bloom

The cherry blossom season is now in full swing as major cities across southern and central Japan are seeing their blossoms opening this week. And ahead of the pack as usual, Tokyo is now just reaching its best...

Kyoto: Just Opened

The cherry blossom season officially started in Kyoto and Osaka with the announcement of the opening of their first blossoms yesterday, March 27, 2019. Kobe which is also in the Kansai Region also announced the start...

Kumamoto: Blossoms Opening

Today I found that the blossoms in the city were generally making good progress, with the castle just a couple of days away from entering its best viewing period, and the trees at Suizenji Garden predominantly already approaching full bloom...

Hiroshima: Blossoms Opening

The cherry blossoms in Hiroshima started opening six days ago, on March 22, and the above-average temperatures since Tuesday have sped up the trees’ progress towards full bloom. I expect the trees in central Hiroshima...

Nagasaki: Blossoms Opening

We found today that the city’s blossoms were still generally in a state of opening, with the trees up on the hilltops today being a little further progressed than those down in the city...

Fukuoka: Blossoms Opening

Today I went to check how the cherry blossoms were faring at two of Fukuoka’s popular hanami spots, namely Maizuru Park and Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. I found that in general, the area’s Somei Yoshino were still quite a way off full bloom...

Kyoto: Still Closed

Today, I headed to Kyoto for our first cherry blossom report from the Kansai Region. While the start to the cherry blossom season in Tokyo was officially reported on March 21, Kyoto and Osaka have not reported the...

Tokyo: Blossoms Opening

Today, I was able to confirm that the cherry trees in Tokyo had progressed nicely since last week, with more blossoms open...

Tokyo: Just Opened

Yesterday, Japan’s meteorological agency announced that the cherry blossoms started opening in Tokyo. The announcement came five days earlier than in the average year due to the fact that the past winter was...

Tokyo: Still Closed

With spring drawing near, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019 cherry blossom reporting season here at japan-guide.com. Over the next few months our staff will be reporting on how the season is developing and...