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Japan 2020 Cherry Blossom Forecast Best Viewing Dates & Places

Updated 2020 Blooming Dates & Best Viewing Places, Latest Forecast

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Spring 2020 is almost here and travellers from all around the world making their way to celebrate one of the most beloved yearly events in the spring 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, looking for the best viewing spots. The sweet cherry scent, the wonderful blooms turn Japan into a suave painting full of soft and lovely colours.

There is a great deal of anticipation before the Cherry Blossom Festival 2020, and many prepare months in advance, organising their trips, buying flights and reserving accommodation. It is not easy to figure out which month cherry blossom blooms in Japan so we created an updated forecast grouped by regions and cities to help you.

We will also try and show you the importance of the sakura season for the Japanese what it means in Japanese culture and how people celebrate.

Japan 2020 Cherry Blossom Forecast Best Viewing Dates & Places - Contents

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" or "an empathy toward 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 do cherry blossoms symbolise?

Cherry blossom in Japan has a lot of different meaning and symbolism. Cherry blossoms often appear in Japanese movies, anime and other art like paintings and even music.

In Japanese culture, cherry blossom symbolises the passing of life through the quick blooming and withering of the petals. The beauty of the flowers symbolises youth while being aware of one's mortality - which is just the way of life.

You will find references to cherry blossoms in Buddhist teachings with had a lot of influence on Japanese culture.

The symbol of cherry blossom appears on many Japanese items including the 100 yen coin, traditional tattoos, in pop culture and it is part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

What to expect from the Cherry Blossom Season in 2020?

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.

What is night sakura (yozakura)?

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 are the best places to have a night sakura experience with your loved one?

If you are in Tokyo during the sakura season, head to one of these parks:

  • Yoyogi Park
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Gardens around the Imperial Palace
  • Kopi Shinaide Park
  • Ueno Park
  • Hibiya Park

Many areas along the Arakawa and Sumida River are also beautiful and perfect for an evening picnic.

Find more inspiration and places to visit in Tokyo

Visit some of the sites in Kyoto centre or take a longer trip out of the city and discover areas with jaw-dropping cherry blossom forests.

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha
  • Kiyomizu-dera
  • Shosei-en Garden Kikoku-tei
  • many sports along the Kamo River

Outside of the city, visit Mount Hiei or Arashiyama, there are lots of cherry trees along the bamboo groove. Visiting Nara which is famous for its deer and lovely cherry trees can be a perfect day trip from Kyoto.

If you happened to be in Osaka during the season, the Osaka Castle and its gardens are a must.

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 so everybody can enjoy the cherry blossom festival. The Sakura blooms start in January 2020 in Okinawa, reach Kyoto and Tokyo towards the end of March 2020 and finally arrive in Hokkaidō sometime in May 2020.

Check out the Cherry Blossom Season Forecast 2020 for each region and city below. We have included the "First Bloom date" and the "Best Viewing dates" so you can pick the best time to visit your favourite locations.

Are there cherry blossoms in Japan in May?

Yes! You can enjoy the cherry blossom season in May but you have to travel all the way to the North, to Hokkaido. You can take the bullet train from Tokyo all the way. There is also a convenient night train with sleeping cars.

Which season cherry blossoms bloom?

Cherry blossom blooms in Spring. Starting in early January 2020 in the South of Japan until mid-May 2020 in Hokkaido. Central Japan including Tokyo enjoys the sakura season from mid-March until April.

Is April a good time to visit Japan?

Absolutely, April is the perfect time to visit Japan to enjoy the sakura season. You can stay in Tokyo and take day trips from Tokyo to the surrounding areas or visit Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima and experience a different side of Japan.

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020 By Regions

The table below contains the Cherry Blossom First Bloom dates and Best Viewing dates by region and city. Check out our details guide for each city including best viewing points in 2020.

Prefecture City First Bloom Best Viewing
Hokkaido Region
Hokkaido Muroran May 4 May 9 to May 17
Hokkaido Hakodate April 27 April 29 to May 6
Hokkaido Sapporo May 1 May 2 to May 9
Tohoku Region
Aomori Aomori April 19 April 21 to April 29
Iwate Morioka April 14 April 18 to April 27
Miyagi Sendai April 5 April 9 to April 17
Akita Akita April 13 April 17 to April 26
Yamagata Yamagata April 10 April 14 to April 22
Fukushima Fukushima April 4 April 8 to April 17
Kanto-Koushin Region
Ibaraki Mito March 28 April 1 to April 10
Tochigi Utsunomiya March 28 April 1 to April 10
Gunma Maebashi March 27 March 21 to April 8
Saitama Kumagaya March 25 March 30 to April 8
Chiba Choshi March 27 April 3 to April 11
Tokyo Tokyo March 20 March 27 to April 5
Kanagawa Yokohama March 21 March 28 to April 5
Yamanashi Kofu March 23 March 28 to April 6
Nagano Nagano April 5 April 9 to April 17
Hokuriku Region
Niigata Niigata April 3 April 7 to April 15
Toyama Toyama March 30 April 3 to April 11
Ishikawa Kanazawa March 29 April 2 to April 10
Fukui Fukui March 27 April 1 to April 9
Tokai Region
Gifu Gifu March 19 March 26 to April 3
Shizuoka Shizuoka March 23 March 29 to April 6
Aichi Nagoya March 19 March 26 to April 3
Mie Tsu March 25 March 31 to April 8
Kinki Region
Shiga Hikone March 23 March 28 to April 6
Kyoto Kyoto March 23 March 28 to April 6
Osaka Osaka March 22 March 27 to April 5
Hyogo Kobe March 23 March 29 to April 6
Nara Nara March 23 March 28 to April 6
Wakayama Wakayama March 21 March 26 to April 4
Chugoku Region
Tottori Tottori March 24 March 31 to April 8
Shimane Matsue March 24 March 31 to April 8
Okayama Okayama March 24 March 31 to April 8
Hiroshima Hiroshima March 22 March 28 to April 5
Yamaguchi Shimonoseki March 24 March 31 to April 8
Shikoku Region
Tokushima Tokushima March 24 March 31 to April 8
Kagawa Takamatsu March 24 March 31 to April 8
Ehime Matsuyama March 20 March 28 to April 5
Kochi Kochi March 20 March 28 to April 5
Kyushu Region
Fukuoka Fukuoka March 17 March 25 to April 2
Saga Saga March 17 March 25 to April 2
Nagasaki Nagasaki March 17 March 25 to April 2
Kumamoto Kumamoto March 19 March 26 to April 3
Oita Oita March 17 March 25 to April 2
Miyazaki Miyazaki March 19 March 26 to April 3
Kagoshima Kagoshima March 27 April 3 to April 11

Based on the dates above, you can schedule your visits to your favourite destinations to enjoy the cherry blossom blooming. The first blooms will start in Okinawa in January 2020 and soon the whole island is expecting the full blooms between March and April.

It is important to remember that unusually warm weather can cause the cherry blossom trees to bloom early. In 2019 cherry blossom bloomed about 4 days earlier on average than previously expected. It is advisable to arrive at least a couple of days early to ensure you don't miss the full bloom.

Please remember, you usually have a window of 9 days while the cherry trees are in full bloom.

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Nago (Okinawa)

Blooming starts: January 10-12
Estimated Best Viewing: 12 February
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Nago Castle Park (Nago, Okinawa)

Recommended hotel: Okinawa Marriott Resort Spa
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Kyushu Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Fukuoka (Fukuoka)

Blooming starts: March 15-17
Estimated Best Viewing: March 25 to April 2
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Nishi Park (Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: THE LIFE hostel & bar lounge
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Oita (Oita)

Blooming starts: March 15-17
Estimated Best Viewing: March 25 to April 2
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Oka Castle Park (Taketa, Oita Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Oita
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Nagasaki (Nagasaki)

Blooming starts: March 17
Estimated Best Viewing: March 25 to April 2
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Omura Park (Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: Richmond Hotel Nagasaki Shianbashi
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Saga (Saga)

Blooming starts: March 17
Estimated Best Viewing: March 25 to April 2
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Ogi Park (Ogi, Saga Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: Hotel Route-Inn Saga Ekimae
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Kumamoto (Kumamoto)

Blooming starts: March 19
Estimated Best Viewing: March 26 to April 3
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)

Recommended hotel: Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky
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Cherry Blossom Places Around Japan

Miyazaki (Miyazaki)

Blooming starts: March 19
Estimated Best Viewing: March 26 to April 3
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Mochino Sekino Park (Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort
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The Best of the Cherry Blossom

Kagoshima (Kagoshima)

Blooming starts: March 27
Estimated Best Viewing: April 3 to 11
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Tadamoto Park (Okuchi, Kagoshima Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Richmond Hotel Kagoshima Kinseicho
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Shikoku Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Takamatsu (Kagawa)

Blooming starts: March 24
Estimated Best Viewing: March 31 to April 8
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Kotohiki Park (Kanonji, Kagawa Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Ten to Sen Guesthouse
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Tokushima (Tokushima)

Blooming starts: March 23-24
Estimated Best Viewing: March 31 to April 8
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Seibu Park (Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Tokushima Ekimae
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Matsuyama (Ehime)

Blooming starts: March 20-21
Estimated Best Viewing: March 28 to April 5
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Matsuyama Park (Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama
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Kochi (Kochi)

Blooming starts: March 20
Estimated Best Viewing: March 28 to April 5 ​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Kagamino Park (Kami, Kochi Prefecture)
  • Makino Park (Sakawa, Kochi Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: South Breeze Hotel
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Sakura Season Festival

Chugoku Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Hiroshima (Hiroshima)

Blooming starts: March 22
Estimated Best Viewing: March 28 to April 5​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Senkoji Park (Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture)
  • Ueno Park (Shobara, Hiroshima Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
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Okayama (Okayama)

Blooming starts: March 24
Estimated Best Viewing: March 31 to April 8​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Kakuzan Park (Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Okayama
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Matsue (Shimane)

Blooming starts: March 24
Estimated Best Viewing: March 31 to April 8​​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Matsue Castle Park (Matsue, Shimane Prefecture)
  • Bank of the Hi River (Unnan, Shimane Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Ten Ten Temari
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Best Cherry Blossom For 2017

Tottori (Tottori)

Blooming starts: March 24
Estimated Best Viewing: March 31 to April 8​​​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Kyusho Park (Tottori, Tottori Prefecture)
  • Utsubuki Park (Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: APA Hotel Tottori Ekimae
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Cherry Blossom Times Japan 2017

Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)

Blooming starts: March 24
Estimated Best Viewing: March 31 to April 8​​​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Kikko Park (Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
  • Tokiwa Park (Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Shimonoseki Grand Hotel
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Wonderful Blossoms Sakura

Kansai Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Tsu (Mie)

Blooming starts: March 23-25
Estimated Best Viewing: March 31 to April 8​​​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Mitake (Tsu, Mie Prefecture)
  • Miyagawa-Tsutsumi Park (Ise, Mie Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Hotel Route-Inn Tsu
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Osaka (Osaka)

Blooming starts: March 22
Estimated Best Viewing: March 27 to April 5​
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

​​Recommended hotel: Hotel Keihan Universal City
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Where to view the best cherry blossom

Hikone (Shiga)

Blooming starts: March 23
Estimated Best Viewing: March 28 to April 6​​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Kaizu Osaki (Takashima, Shiga Prefecture)
  • Hokoen Park (Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Hotel Sunroute Hikone
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Kyoto Cherry Blossom

Kyoto (Kyoto)

Blooming starts: March 23
Estimated Best Viewing: March 28 to April 6​​​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Arashiyama (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • Ninnaji Temple (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • Daigoji Temple (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • Kasagiyama Natural Park (Kasagi, Kyoto Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: HOTEL MYSTAYS Kyoto Shijo
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Perfect Snap of Cherry Blossom

Kobe (Hyogo)

Blooming starts: March 24
Estimated Best Viewing: March 29 to April 6​​​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Himeji Castle (Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture)
  • Akashi Park (Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture)
  • Shukugawa Park (Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe
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Beautiful Cherry Blossom Pink

Nara (Nara)

Blooming starts: March 23
Estimated Best Viewing: March 28 to April 6​​​
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

​​Recommended hotel: The Deer Park Inn (so you don't miss the deers!)
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Wakayama (Wakayama)

Blooming starts: March 21
Estimated Best Viewing: March 26 to April 4
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Kimiidera Temple (Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture)
  • Negoroji Temple (Iwade, Wakayama Prefecture)
  • Shichikawa Dam (Kozagawa, Wakayama Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Hotel Granvia Wakayama
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Cherry Blossom in 2017

Chubu Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Kofu (Yamanashi)

Blooming starts: March 23
Estimated Best Viewing: March 28 to April 6
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Ōboshi Park (Minamikomagun, Yamanashi Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Sentia Hotel Naito
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White hanami sakura

Niigata (Niigata)

Blooming starts: April 2-3
Estimated Best Viewing: April 7 to April 15
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Okotsu Canal (Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture)
  • Muramatsu Park (Kosen, Niigata Prefecture)
  • Takada Park (Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Hotel Okura Niigata
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Wonderful Little Sakura flower

Toyama (Toyama)

Blooming starts: March 29
Estimated Best Viewing: April 3 to April 11
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Matsukawa Park (Toyama, Toyama Prefecture)
  • Takaoka Castle Park (Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Toyama
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Touch Sakura

Kanazawa (Ishikawa)

Blooming starts: March 28
Estimated Best Viewing: April 2 to April 10
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Kenrokuen Garden (Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: APA Hotel Kanazawa Chuo
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Blooming Sakura

Fukui (Fukui)

Blooming starts: March 26-27
Estimated Best Viewing: April 1 to April 9
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Asuwayama Park (Fukui, Fukui Prefecture)
  • Maruoka Castle Park (Sakai, Fukui Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Hotel Fukui Castle
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Hanami Festival Sakura

Nagoya (Aichi)

Blooming starts: March 19
Estimated Best Viewing: March 26 to April 3
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)

You can take the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto and stop on the way in Nagoya for the day.

​​Recommended hotel: Nagoya Tokyu Hotel
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Sakura Photo

Shizuoka (Shizuoka)

Blooming starts: March 23
Estimated Best Viewing: March 29 to April 6
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Cherry Blossom Village (Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture)
  • Mount Fuji Cemetary (Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Izu Imaihama Tokyu Hotel
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Blue Sky Hanami

Gifu (Gifu)

Blooming starts: March 19
Estimated Best Viewing: March 26 to April 3
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Along the Shinsakai Canal (Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture)
  • Usuzumi Park (Motosu, Gifu Prefecture)
  • Kamagatani Valley (Ikeda, Gifu Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: Hotel Fine Garden Gifu
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inbloom sakura

Nagano (Nagano)

Blooming starts: April 5
Estimated Best Viewing: April 9 to April 17
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Garyuu Park (Suzaka, Nagano Prefecture)
  • Takato Castle Park (Ina, Nagano Prefecture)
  • Komoro Castle Ruins (Komoro, Nagano Prefecture)

Take a day trip to Nagano from Tokyo. If you can spend a couple of days, you should also visit the Hida Mountains and enjoy the many hidden sakura spots.

Recommended hotel: Chisun Grand Nagano
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Artistic Sakura Picture

Kanto Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Tokyo (Tokyo)

Blooming starts: March 20
Estimated Best Viewing: March 27 to April 5​
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)

Recommended hotel: APA Hotel Shinagawa Sengakuji Eki-Mae
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Lovely hanami Tokyo

Choshi (Chiba)

Blooming starts: March 26-27
Estimated Best Viewing: April 3 to April 11​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Shimizu Park (Noda, Chiba Prefecture)
  • Mobara Park (Mobara, Chiba Prefecture)
  • Izumi Nature Park (Chiba, Chiba Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: Zekkeino Yado Inubohsaki Hotel
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Pink Bloom Sakura Tokyo

Yokohama (Kanagawa)

Blooming starts: March 21
Estimated Best Viewing: March 28 to April 5​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Kanagawa Kenriku Mitsuike Park (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture)
  • Odawara Castle Park (Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture)
  • Kinegasayama Park (Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
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Pink Suave Petals Sakura

Mito (Ibaraki)

Blooming starts: March 28
Estimated Best Viewing: April 1 to April 10​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Kamine Park (Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture)
  • Shizumine Park (Nakashi, Ibaraki Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Mito
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Sky Of Hanami

Utsunomiya (Tochigi)

Blooming starts: March 28
Estimated Best Viewing: April 1 to April 10​​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Nikko Pilgrimage Route (Utsunomiya/Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture)
  • Ohirasan Prefectural Nature Park (Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: HOTEL MYSTAYS Utsunomiya
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Beautiful Cherry Awesomeness

Maebashi (Gunma)

Blooming starts: March 27
Estimated Best Viewing: March 21 to April 8​​​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Akaginanmen Cherry Blossoms (Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture)
  • Sakurayama Park (Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Comfort Hotel Maebashi
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Cherry Blossom Street Art

Kumagaya (Saitama)

Blooming starts: March 25
Estimated Best Viewing: March 30 to April 8​
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Kumagaya Sakuratsutsumi (Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture)
  • Omiya Park (Saitama, Saitama Prefecture)
  • Nagatoro (Nagatoro, Saitama Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: R&B Hotel Kumagaya Ekimae
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White Cherry Blossom Beauty

Tohoku Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Aomori (Aomori)

Blooming starts: April 18
Estimated Best Viewing: April 21 to April 29
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Ashino National Park (Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture)
  • Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Richmond Hotel Aomori
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Morning Cherry Blossom

Akita (Akita)

Blooming starts: April 13
Estimated Best Viewing: April 17 to April 26
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)

​​Recommended hotel: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Akita
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Hanami Beautiful Sakura

Morioka (Iwate)

Blooming starts: April 13-14
Estimated Best Viewing: April 18 to April 27
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Takamatsu Park (Morioka, Iwate Prefecture)
  • Kitakami Park (Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Morioka
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Yamagata (Yamagata)

Blooming starts: April 10
Estimated Best Viewing: April 14 to April 22
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Tsuruoka Park (Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture)
  • Eboshiyama Park (Nanyo, Yamagata Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: Forest Inn Sangoro
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Cherry Blossom Bee

Sendai (Miyagi)

Blooming starts: April 5
Estimated Best Viewing: April 9 to April 17
Best Cherry Blossom Spot: Funaoka Castle Grounds (Shibata, Miyagi Prefecture)

Recommended hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Sendai
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White Cherry Sakura

Fukushima (Fukushima)

Blooming starts: April 3-4
Estimated Best Viewing: April 8 to April 17
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Miharu Shidarezakura (Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture
  • Kasumiga Castle Park , (Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture)
  • Tsuruga Castle Park (Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture)

​​Recommended hotel: Richmond Hotel Fukushima Ekimae
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Pink Wonder Sakura

Hokkaido Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020

Sapporo (Hokkaido)

Blooming starts: May 1
Estimated Best Viewing: May 2 to May 9
Best Cherry Blossom Spot:

  • Sakura Namiki Street (Shinhidaka, Hokkaido)
  • Matsumae Park (Matsumae, Hokkaido)

​​Recommended hotel: Premier Hotel -Tsubaki- Sapporo
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Hokkaido is the last area in Japan to get the cherry blossom. As Hokkaido is the coldest area, cherry blossom tends to bloom here in early May, (or late April) and stay in bloom until mid-May 2020.

If you went to Japan and want to share your experience, tell us about your favourite sakura spot, please do so in the comments below. Have any questions? Let us know in the comments.

Good luck, happy Sakura hunting and have a lovely Cherry Blossom Season 2020!

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Aalish
10 Jan 2020

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SAKURA JAPAN
24 Dec 2019

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.

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Cory
27 Dec 2019

You are right! The accommodation should be booked well in advance for the cherry blossom festival in Japan.

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Doris
03 Apr 2019

This will be good for me to go there after mine best tours from san francisco. I will plan the journey soon and will go ahead.

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yasu takahashi
12 Feb 2019

That's amazing! Your guide is very well compiled. Sharing this on my Facebook!

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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.

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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

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Marie Aronson
01 Apr 2018

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

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Morgan
11 Mar 2017

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

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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!

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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.