Menu

Cherry Blossom Festival Japan 2019 - Forecast

As the snow is melting and Spring 2019 is almost here, travellers from all around the world starting to make plans for one of the most beloved yearly events in Japan: The Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Cherry Blossom Season (Sakura Festival) attracts countless visitors who come to admire the transformation of Japan's landscape. The sweet cherry scent, the wonderful blooms make Japan into a suave painting full of soft and lovely colours.

There is a great deal of anticipation before the Cherry Blossom Festival 2019, and many prepare months in advance, organising their trips, buying flights and reserving accommodation. During the Cherry Blossom Season, Japan tends to be busier than usual so if you haven't done yet, make sure to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

Table of Contents

Toggle

What is the meaning of the Cherry Blossom Season

The symbolism of the Cherry Blossom Season in Japan is associated with the Buddhist influence and the concept of mono no aware which means "the pathos of things". The idea behind mono no aware is that the Japanese believe in the awareness of the transience of all things, which in turn are meant to heighten the appreciation of their beauty. The emotion should be one of the gentle sadness, as all beautiful things, just like life itself, is passing.

Next time you find yourself walking under a sakura tree in Japan, allow the beautiful melancholia to take over, and to remind you of the beautiful, long, custom of the hanami.

What to expect from the Cherry Blossom Season?

The Cherry Blossom tradition is still very much alive today. Thousands of people fill the parks all around Japan to admire the beautiful sakura trees. It is also common to have picknick under the sakura trees. The parks get so busy that some companies send employees to the park early morning to reserve a spot for their co-workers in the afternoon. When the evening comes, many Japanese have great social events under the trees. In major cities, it can be common to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival during the night, where paper lanterns are hung. 

Know that during the night, hanami (a Japanese word which used to mean "picnicking under a blooming sakura tree") is called yozakura (night sakura), when the trees are illuminated. Even during these times, all sakura spots tend to be crowded, but because yozakura is said to be more romantic, viewing spots are predominately occupied by couples.

What is the Cherry Blossom Festival?

The history of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan started during the Nara period, about 1300 years ago. The tradition of hanami was a custom of enjoying the beauty of blooming sakura (cherry) or ume (plum) trees. During the Heian period, this was reserved mainly for the Imperial Court, but the custom soon spread to the samurai society, and eventually to the common Japanese people. Drinking sake and having a nice lunch under the sakura trees while marvelling at the falling sakura flowers was beginning of this great tradition.

In modern times, the Cherry Blossom Forecast gets released every year by the Japanese Meteorological Agency. The Sakura blooms start in January in Okinawa, reach Kyoto and Tokyo towards the end of March and finally arrive in Hokkaidō sometime in May.

The official cherry blossom season forecast 2019 has not yet been released. These are estimations based on 2018 Forcast and historical forecast data. Please check back later as we update this page regularly.

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019

Nago, Okinawa

Blooming starts: mid-January
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Nago Castle Park (Nago, Okinawa)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Okinawa

Cherry Blossom Festival 2017

Kyushu Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019

Fukuoka (Fukuoka)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Estimated Best Viewing: March 31 to April 8
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Nishi Park (Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Fukuoka

Cherry Blossom Japan 2017

Oita (Oita)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Oka Castle Park (Taketa, Oita Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Oita

Sakura Festival Japan 2017

Nagasaki (Nagasaki)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Omura Park (Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Nagasaki

Suave Hanami Japan 2017

Saga (Saga)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Ogi Park (Ogi, Saga Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Saga

Best Cherry Blossom Spots Japan

Kumamoto (Kumamoto)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Estimated Best Viewing: March 31 to April 8
Best Cherry Blossom Spots:
Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture)
Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture)
Lakeside of Ichifusa Dam (Mizugami, Kumamoto Prefecture)
Minamata Cherry Line (Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Kumamoto

Cherry Blossom Places Around Japan

Miyazaki (Miyazaki )

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Mochino Sekino Park (Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Miyazaki

The Best of the Cherry Blossom

Kagoshima (Kagoshima)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Tadamoto Park (Okuchi, Kagoshima Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Kogoshima

Beautiful hanami Japan 2019

Shikoku Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019

Takamatsu (Kagawa)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Kotohiki Park (Kanonji, Kagawa Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Takamatsu

Cherry Blossom Japan Places

Tokushima (Tokushima)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Seibu Park (Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Tokushima

Beautiful Hanami Sakura 2019

Matsuyama (Ehime)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Matsuyama Park (Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Matsuyama

Japan Cherry Blossom Spots

Kochi (Kochi)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Kagamino Park (Kami, Kochi Prefecture)
Makino Park (Sakawa, Kochi Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Kochi

Sakura Season Festival

Chugoku Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019

Hiroshima (Hiroshima)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Senkoji Park (Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture)
Ueno Park (Shobara, Hiroshima Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Hiroshima

Blossom Sakura Japan Spot

Okayama (Okayama)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Kakuzan Park (Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Okayama

Hanami Festival Japan 2019

Matsue (Shimane)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Matsue Castle Park (Matsue, Shimane Prefecture)
Bank of the Hi River (Unnan, Shimane Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Matsue

Best Cherry Blossom For 2019

Tottori (Tottori)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Kyusho Park (Tottori, Tottori Prefecture)
Utsubuki Park (Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Tottori

Cherry Blossom Times Japan 2019

Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Kikko Park (Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Tokiwa Park (Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Shimonoseki

Wonderful Blossoms Sakura

Kansai Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019

Tsu (Mie)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Mitake (Tsu, Mie Prefecture)
Miyagawa-Tsutsumi Park (Ise, Mie Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Tsu

Suave Hanami Festival

Osaka (Osaka)

Blooming starts: Late March, Mid April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Osaka Castle Park (Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Japan Mint (Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Expo Park (Suita, Osaka Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Osaka

Where to view the best cherry blossom

Hikone (Shiga)

Blooming starts: Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Kaizu Osaki (Takashima, Shiga Prefecture)
Hokoen Park (Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Hikone

Kyoto Cherry Blossom

Kyoto (Kyoto)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Arashiyama (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Ninnaji Temple (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Daigoji Temple (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Kasagiyama Natural Park (Kasagi, Kyoto Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Kyoto

Perfect Snap of Cherry Blossom

Kobe (Hyogo)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Himeji Castle (Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture)
Akashi Park (Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture)
Shukugawa Park (Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Kobe

Beautiful Cherry Blossom Pink

Nara (Nara)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Nara Park (Nara, Nara Prefecture)
Mount Yoshino (Yoshino, Nara Prefecture)
Koriyama Castle Park (Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Nara

Sakura Hanami Japan

Wakayama (Wakayama)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Kimiidera Temple (Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture)
Negoroji Temple (Iwade, Wakayama Prefecture)
Shichikawa Dam (Kozagawa, Wakayama Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Wakayama

Cherry Blossom in 2019

Chubu Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019

Kofu (Yamanashi)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Ōboshi Park (Minamikomagun, Yamanashi Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Kofu

White hanami sakura

Niigata (Niigata)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Okotsu Canal (Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture)
Muramatsu Park (Kosen, Niigata Prefecture)
Takada Park (Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Niigata

Wonderful Little Sakura flower

Toyama (Toyama )

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Matsukawa Park (Toyama, Toyama Prefecture)
Takaoka Castle Park (Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Toyama

Touch Sakura

Kanazawa (Ishikawa)

Blooming starts: Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Kenrokuen Garden (Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Kanazawa

Blooming Sakura

Fukui (Fukui )

Blooming starts: Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Asuwayama Park (Fukui, Fukui Prefecture)
Maruoka Castle Park (Sakai, Fukui Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Fukui

Hanami Festival Sakura

Nagoya (Aichi)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Okazaki Park (Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture)
Four Seasons Road at Yamazaki River (Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)
Tsuruma Park (Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)
Gojo River (Iwakura, Aichi Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Nagoya

Sakura Photo

Shizuoka (Shizuoka)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Cherry Blossom Village (Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Mount Fuji Cemetary (Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Shizuoka

Blue Sky Hanami

Gifu (Gifu)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Along the Shinsakai Canal (Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture)
Usuzumi Park (Motosu, Gifu Prefecture)
Kamagatani Valley (Ikeda, Gifu Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Gifu

inbloom sakura

Nagano (Nagano )

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Garyuu Park (Suzaka, Nagano Prefecture)
Takato Castle Park (Ina, Nagano Prefecture)
Komoro Castle Ruins (Komoro, Nagano Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Nagano

Artistic Sakura Picture

Kanto Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019

Tokyo (Tokyo)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Ueno Onshi Park (Tokyo (Taito-ku)), Tokyo Prefecture)
Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture)
Sumida Park (Tokyo (Sumida-ku)), Tokyo Prefecture)
Koganei Park (Koganei, Tokyo Prefecture)
Inokashira Park (Musashino, Tokyo Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Tokyo

Lovely hanami Tokyo

Choshi (Chiba)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Shimizu Park (Noda, Chiba Prefecture)
Mobara Park (Mobara, Chiba Prefecture)
Izumi Nature Park (Chiba, Chiba Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Choshi

Pink Bloom Sakura Tokyo

Yokohama (Kanagawa)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Kanagawa Kenriku Mitsuike Park (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Odawara Castle Park (Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Kinegasayama Park (Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Yokohama

Pink Suave Petals Sakura

Mito (Ibaraki)

Blooming starts: Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Kamine Park (Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture)
Shizumine Park (Nakashi, Ibaraki Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Mito

Sky Of Hanami

Utsunomiya (Tochigi)

Blooming starts: Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Nikko Pilgrimage Route (Utsunomiya/Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture)
Ohirasan Prefectural Nature Park (Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Utsunomiya

Beautiful Cherry Awesomeness

Maebashi (Gunma)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Akaginanmen Cherry Blossoms (Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture)
Sakurayama Park (Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Maebashi

Cherry Blossom Street Art

Kumagaya (Saitama)

Blooming starts: Late March, Early April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Kumagaya Sakuratsutsumi (Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture)
Omiya Park (Saitama, Saitama Prefecture)
Nagatoro (Nagatoro, Saitama Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Kumagaya

White Cherry Blossom Beauty

Tohoku Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019

Aomori (Aomori)

Blooming starts: Late April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Ashino National Park (Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture)
Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Aomori

Morning Cherry Blossom

Akita (Akita )

Blooming starts: Late April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Senshu Park (Akita, Akita Prefecture)
Mato Park (Yokote, Akita Prefecture)
Bank of Hinokinai River and KakunoBlooming starts Samurai Residence (Senboku, Akita Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Akita

Hanami Beautiful Sakura

Morioka (Iwate)

Blooming starts: Late April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Takamatsu Park (Morioka, Iwate Prefecture)
Kitakami Park (Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Morioka

Hanami Japan

Yamagata (Yamagata)

Blooming starts: Mid April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Tsuruoka Park (Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture)
Eboshiyama Park (Nanyo, Yamagata Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Yamagata

Cherry Blossom Bee

Sendai (Miyagi)

Blooming starts: Mid April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Funaoka Castle Grounds (Shibata, Miyagi Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Sendai

White Cherry Sakura

Fukushima (Fukushima)

Blooming starts: Mid April
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Miharu Shidarezakura (Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture
Kasumiga Castle Park , (Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture)
Tsuruga Castle Park (Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Fukushima

Pink Wonder Sakura

Hokkaido Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019

Sapporo (Hokkaido)

Blooming starts: Early May
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:
Sakura Namiki Street (Shinhidaka, Hokkaido)
Matsumae Park (Matsumae, Hokkaido)

Book your Cherry Blossom Accommodation in Sapporo

Cherry Blossom Forecast By Regions 

Prefecture City First Bloom Full Bloom
Hokkaido Region
Hokkaido Muroran April 30 May 5
Hokkaido Hakodate April 24 April 28
Hokkaido Sapporo April 28 May 2
Tohoku Region
Aomori Aomori April 16 April 21
Iwate Morioka April 13 April 19
Miyagi Sendai March 31 April 5
Akita Akita April 14 April 18
Yamagata Yamagata April 8 April 13
Fukushima Fukushima March 29 April 4
Kanto-Koushin Region
Ibaraki Mito March 25 March 28
Tochigi Utsunomiya March 26 March 29
Gunma Maebashi March 25 March 28
Saitama Kumagaya March 22 March 26
Chiba Choshi March 20 March 28
Tokyo Tokyo March 17 March 24
Kanagawa Yokohama March 19 March 27
Yamanashi Kofu March 23 March 29
Nagano Nagano April 3 April 9
Hokuriku Region
Niigata Niigata April 4 April 9
Toyama Toyama March 27 April 1
Ishikawa Kanazawa March 29 April 3
Fukui Fukui March 29 April 3
Tokai Region
Gifu Gifu March 19 March 26
Shizuoka Shizuoka March 18 March 27
Aichi Nagoya March 19 March 27
Mie Tsu March 26 March 29
Kinki Region
Shiga Hikone March 27 April 1
Kyoto Kyoto March 22 March 28
Osaka Osaka March 20 March 26
Hyogo Kobe March 23 March 29
Nara Nara March 24 March 29
Wakayama Wakayama March 20 March 27
Chugoku Region
Tottori Tottori March 24 March 28
Shimane Matsue March 26 March 29
Okayama Okayama March 25 March 28
Hiroshima Hiroshima March 22 March 28
Yamaguchi Shimonoseki March 23 March 29
Shikoku Region
Tokushima Tokushima March 23 March 29
Kagawa Takamatsu March 24 March 29
Ehime Matsuyama March 19 March 27
Kochi Kochi March 15 March 19
Kyushu Region
Fukuoka Fukuoka March 19 March 27
Saga Saga March 20 March 27
Nagasaki Nagasaki March 17 March 26
Kumamoto Kumamoto March 17 March 26
Oita Oita March 23 April 1
Miyazaki Miyazaki March 16 March 26
Kagoshima Kagoshima March 17 March 29

It is still early to know when exactly the cherry blossom will start blooming in Japan. The earliest forecasts will start appearing in December, just in time for the first blooms in Okinawa.

It is important to remember that unusually warm weather has caused some cherry trees to bloom in autumn 2018 which signals that in spring the blooming might start much earlier than usual.

We will update this article as soon as the Japanese Meteorological Agency publishes new information.

What did you think?

Did you like this article? Do you have any questions or suggestions? Leave a comment below.

Responses

J
Jurga
04 Mar 2017

Great guide. Cherry blossom season in Japan is such a bucket list trip for me! Hoping to get there one day!

C
Cory
06 Mar 2017

We are going this April (coincidentally) and we simply can't wait to trail around Japan for a whole month. The cherry blossom transforms the country...so amazing.

M
Morgan
11 Mar 2017

Absolutely stunning! Thanks for the great guide. Will definitely use for my trip next month. xx Morgan

M
Marie Aronson
01 Apr 2018

Wonderful!
Please keep me posted for next year sakura festival.

S
Sonal Gupta
05 Apr 2018

Wow! It's really a amazing festival I went there with my paratner and both of us has enjoyed a lot I would like to go there again so that I could make a new sweet memories
Thanks

V
Vineeta Sharma
16 May 2018

Hey! Thank you so much for writing this. i am planning on visiting this place since a long time and now having read your blog i have complete knowledge of the place.