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2019 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.

The first cherry blossom forecast for 2020 is expected to be published around mid to late January 2020.
See average blossom timing

2019 Nationwide Timing

Last update: May 19, 2019

Major Cities

Opening Date Est. Best Viewing* Current State
Tokyo Opened: March 21 March 28 to April 8
End of Season
Kyoto Opened: March 27 April 5 to 10
End of Season
Osaka Opened: March 27 April 4 to 10
End of Season
Nagoya Opened: March 22 March 31 to April 9
End of Season
Fukuoka Opened: March 21 March 29 to April 8
End of Season

Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku

Opening Date Est. Best Viewing* Current State
Fukuoka Opened: March 21 March 29 to April 8
End of Season
Kumamoto Opened: March 26 March 30 to April 8
End of Season
Hiroshima Opened: March 22 March 30 to April 9
End of Season
Matsuyama Opened: March 22 March 30 to April 9
End of Season
Takamatsu Opened: March 26 April 4 to 10
End of Season

Kansai

Opening Date Est. Best Viewing* Current State
Kyoto Opened: March 27 April 5 to 10
End of Season
Osaka Opened: March 27 April 4 to 10
End of Season
Nara Opened: March 29 April 5 to 10
End of Season
Yoshino Opened: March 31 April 8 to 16
End of Season

Kanto and Chubu

Opening Date Est. Best Viewing* Current State
Tokyo Opened: March 21 March 28 to April 8
End of Season
Nagoya Opened: March 22 March 31 to April 9
End of Season
Yokohama Opened: March 21 March 29 to April 9
End of Season
Kanazawa Opened: April 1 April 7 to 13
End of Season
Takayama Opened: April 16 April 20 to 26
End of Season
Fuji Five Lakes Opened: April 7 April 14 to 22
End of Season
Matsumoto Opened: April 7 April 14 to 21
End of Season

Tohoku and Hokkaido

Opening Date Est. Best Viewing* Current State
Fukushima Opened: April 5 April 11 to 19
End of Season
Sendai Opened: April 5 April 11 to 19
End of Season
Kitakami Opened: April 17 April 22 to 26
End of Season
Kakunodate Opened: April 23 April 25 to 30
End of Season
Hirosaki Opened: April 19 April 24 to 29
End of Season
Hakodate Opened: April 24 April 29 to May 5
End of Season
Sapporo Opened: April 24 April 29 to May 5
End of Season
* The opening estimates are by Japan Weather Association, except Yoshino which is by Yoshino Town and Fuji Five Lakes which is estimated by japan-guide.com. The best viewing periods are estimated by japan-guide.com. We consider "best viewing" to start a little bit before full bloom and last into the period when petals fall.