According to the Japan Weather Association, the cherry blossoms are expected to open at a relatively average pace in 2016 except in Kyushu where they are expected to open a little bit later than average. The blossoms are predicted to start opening in late March and reach full bloom around early April in many of Japan’s major cities.

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Rain, wind and temperatures have a strong effect on the process of the season, for example, they can accelerate, delay or shorten it considerably. Therefore, please use these forecasts at your own risk.

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Major Cities

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Tokyo Not Open Yet March 25 April 1 to 9
Kyoto Not Open Yet March 28 April 3 to 11
Osaka Not Open Yet March 28 April 3 to 11
Nagoya Not Open Yet March 25 April 1 to 9
Fukuoka Not Open Yet March 25 April 2 to 10

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Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Kagoshima Not Open Yet April 1 April 8 to 16
Kumamoto Not Open Yet March 26 April 2 to 10
Hiroshima Not Open Yet March 28 April 3 to 11
Matsuyama Not Open Yet March 27 April 4 to 12
Takamatsu Not Open Yet March 29 April 5 to 13

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Kansai

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Nara Not Open Yet March 28 April 3 to 11
Yoshino Not Open Yet No forecast available yet

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Kanto and Chubu

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Yokohama Not Open Yet March 27 April 3 to 11
Kanazawa Not Open Yet April 3 April 7 to 15
Takayama Not Open Yet No forecast available yet
Nagano Not Open Yet April 9 April 13 to 21

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Tohoku and Hokkaido

Current State Estimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
Fukushima Not Open Yet April 7 April 10 to 18
Sendai Not Open Yet April 8 April 13 to 21
Kitakami Not Open Yet No forecast available yet
Kakunodate Not Open Yet No forecast available yet
Aomori Not Open Yet April 23 April 27 to May 5
Hakodate Not Open Yet April 30 May 3 to 10
Sapporo Not Open Yet May 3 May 5 to 12
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* Cherry tree opening estimates by Japan Weather Association
* Estimated best viewing periods by japan-guide.com based on the opening estimates
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