Cherry Blossom Forecast 2014
This year’s cherry blossom forecast is expected to open close to their average schedule or slightly earlier or later than usual depending on the region of Japan. The Kyushu and Shikoku region is expected to be around 3 or 4 days earlier than usual, while the Kanto, Koshin and Hokkaido regions can expect a 3 or 4 days later than usual bloom. Central Honshu is expecting a late March blooming date at this stage with a peak in early April.
The Cherry Blossom season typically starts in January in Okinawa and sweeps up the mainland to Hokkaido in May.
The best time for viewing the cherry blossoms varies between a few days to a week from the first bloom, so don’t leave it too late to see the beautiful blossoms.
I have created a table below for the major places in Japan with the estimate start date and peak bloom of the cherry blossoms. This is only a predication and is based on long term forecasts for February and March. Please refer back to this page for regular updates and reports.
Information from the Japan Weather Association
Cherry Blossom Forecast Chart for 2014 in Japan
Updated 29th April 2014