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2016 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast

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 StateEstimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
TokyoNot Open YetMarch 25April 1 to 9
KyotoNot Open YetMarch 28April 3 to 11
OsakaNot Open YetMarch 28April 3 to 11
NagoyaNot Open YetMarch 25April 1 to 9
FukuokaNot Open YetMarch 25April 2 to 10

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Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku

Current StateEstimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
KagoshimaNot Open YetApril 1April 8 to 16
KumamotoNot Open YetMarch 26April 2 to 10
HiroshimaNot Open YetMarch 28April 3 to 11
MatsuyamaNot Open YetMarch 27April 4 to 12
TakamatsuNot Open YetMarch 29April 5 to 13

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Kansai

Current StateEstimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
NaraNot Open YetMarch 28April 3 to 11
YoshinoNot Open YetNo forecast available yet

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Kanto and Chubu

Current StateEstimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
YokohamaNot Open YetMarch 27April 3 to 11
KanazawaNot Open YetApril 3April 7 to 15
TakayamaNot Open YetNo forecast available yet
NaganoNot Open YetApril 9April 13 to 21

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Tohoku and Hokkaido

Current StateEstimated
Opening*
Estimated
Best Viewing*
FukushimaNot Open YetApril 7April 10 to 18
SendaiNot Open YetApril 8April 13 to 21
KitakamiNot Open YetNo forecast available yet
KakunodateNot Open YetNo forecast available yet
AomoriNot Open YetApril 23April 27 to May 5
HakodateNot Open YetApril 30May 3 to 10
SapporoNot Open YetMay 3May 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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