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Japan Cherry Blossom 2024 - Dates & Locations

2024 Blooming Dates, Best Viewing Places and Latest Forecast for Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan

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With Spring 2024 also comes The Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. Travellers from all around the world are making their way to celebrate one of the most beloved yearly events in the spring in Japan, which is the Sakura Festival.

The Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Festival) in Japan 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.

It is important to remember that unusually warm weather can cause the cherry blossom trees to bloom early. In 2023, cherry blossoms 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.

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

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2024 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Cherry blossom blooming will peak between the last week of March and the first week of April.

The table below shows the Cherry Blossom 2024 blooming dates in Japan and best viewing dates, grouped by regions. Have a look at our detailed guide for each city, including best viewing points in 2024. All dates are based on the latest forecast from the Japanese Meteorology Corp. official site.

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Cherry Blossom 2024 blooming dates in Japan

In the table below, you will find the cherry blossom blooming dates in Japan and best viewing dates, grouped by regions and mayor cities.

City First Bloom Full Bloom
Hokkaido Region (Bloom in May)
Sapporo 1 May 2024 5 May 2024
Muroran 29 April 2024 3 May 2024
Tohoku Region (Bloom in April)
Aomori 19 April 2024 23 April 2024
Sendai 7 April 2024 11 April 2024
Kanto-Koushin Region (Bloom in March)
Tokyo 22 March 2024 29 March 2024
Yokohama 22 March 2024 29 March 2024
Nagano 5 April 2024 10 April 2024
Hokuriku Region (Bloom in March)
Kanazawa 31 March 2024 6 April 2024
Tokai Region (Bloom in March)
Nagoya 20 March 2024 30 March 2024
Kinki Region (Bloom in March)
Kyoto 23 March 2024 31 March 2024
Osaka 25 March 2024 1 April 2024
Nara 25 March 2024 1 April 2024
Wakayama 22 March 2024 31 March 2024
Chugoku Region (Bloom in March)
Hiroshima 22 March 2024 1 April 2024
Shikoku Region (Bloom in March)
Kochi 19 March 2024 27 March 2024
Kyushu Region (Bloom in March)
Fukuoka 22 March 2024 31 March 2024
Nagasaki 23 March 2024 1 April 2024
Kagoshima 27 March 2024 7 April 2024

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 February 2024 and soon the whole island is expecting the full blooms between March and April.

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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 2024!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is cherry blossom season in Japan 2024?

    Cherry blossom season peaks between March 27 and April 5, 2024 in the Tokyo area. The earliest cherry blooms appear in Okinawa in early February 2024. The last blooms can be seen in Hokkaido around in mid-May 2024.

  • What is the best month in 2024 to see cherry blossoms in Japan?

    Between 15 March and 2 April 2024 you have the best chance to see cherry blossoms in Japan.

  • Will there be a Cherry Blossom Festival in 2024?

    Yes, absolutely. Since the pandemic, everything has returned to normal and people are excited about the cherry blossom festivals throughout Japan. See the dates and locations.

  • Where is the best place to see sakura?

    Yoshino is the best place to see the thousands of cherry trees blooming in the spring, Japan's most famous cherry blossom destination is located in the Nara Prefecture.

  • 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 is 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 blossom symbolize?

    Cherry blossom in Japan have many meanings and symbolism. Cherry blossoms often appear in Japanese movies, anime and other art like paintings and even music.

    In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom symbolizes the passing of life through the quick blooming and withering of the petals. The beauty of the flowers symbolizes 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 was part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

  • What is the Cherry Blossom Festival?

    An ancient tradition in Japan where people enjoy the blooming of cherry blossoms in parks and celebrate with a picknick under the Sakura trees.

    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 the 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 2024 in Okinawa, reach Kyoto and Tokyo towards the end of March 2024 and finally arrive in Hokkaidō sometime in May 2024.

    Take a look at the Cherry Blossom Season Forecast 2024 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.

  • What to expect from the Cherry Blossom Season in 2024?

    The tradition of the Cherry Blossom Festival 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.

    Best night Sakura viewing places in Tokyo

    If you are in Tokyo during the Sakura season, the following parks are best for night Sakura:

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

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

    Best night Sakura viewing places in Kyoto

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

    Outside the city, visit Mount Hiei or Arashiyama, there are many cherry trees along the bamboo groove. Visiting Nara which is well-known 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.

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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.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

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

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Doris

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

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

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Vineeta Sharma

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

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

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

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Morgan

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

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Jurga

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

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

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.

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