2020 Cherry Blossom Forecasts

The early forecasts for the 2020 Cherry Blossom season are out, and provisional dates are now set for the major cities and regions of Japan. At the moment, for most of Japan it’s predicted that the cherry blossoms will start blooming around the middle of March, 2020. 

If you are planning on visiting Japan for the cherry blossom season, make sure you book for these dates.

*Please note that with weather and temperature, these dates can change. We will regularly update this to provide the most accurate dates.

Updated 17th March.

 

*First date is when the cherry blossoms are expected to begin blooming. 2nd date is the what we at offthetrackjapan.com believe will be the best viewing times based off the initial blossoms.

Major Cities

  • Tokyo - March 15th. Best Viewing - March 24th to March 30th
  • Osaka - March 20th. Best Viewing - March 26th to April 2nd
  • Kyoto - March 20th. Best Viewing - March 26th to April 2nd
  • Sapporo - April 29th. Best Viewing - May 1st to May 9th
  • Hiroshima - March 23rd. Best Viewing - March 29th to April 6th

Hokkaido & Tohoku

  • Sapporo - April 29th. Best Viewing - May 1st to May 9th
  • Hakodate - April 26th. Best Viewing - April 29th to May 5th
  • Sendai - March 31st. Best Viewing - April 4th to April 10th
  • Fukushima - March 28th. Best Viewing - April 1st to April 6th

Chubu

  • Nagoya - March 19th. Best Viewing - March 24th to March 31st
  • Kanazawa - March 29th. Best Viewing - April 2nd to April 10th

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Kanto

  • Tokyo - March 15th. Best Viewing - March 25th to March 30th - Currently Blossoming
  • Yokoyama - March 17th. Best Viewing - March 21st to March 30th

Kansai

  • Osaka - March 20th. Best Viewing - March 25th to April 1st
  • Kyoto - March 20th. Best Viewing - March 25th to April 1st
  • Nara - March 20th. Best Viewing - March 25th to April 1st

Kyushu, Shikoku & Chugoku

  • Hiroshima - March 20th. Best Viewing - March 27th to April 4th
  • Fukuoka - March 16th. Best Viewing - March 22nd to March 29th
  • Kumamoto - March 21st. Best Viewing - March 26th to April 4th
  • Matsuyama - March 18th. Best Viewing - March 27th to April 5th

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