Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2016
This year’s cherry blossom forecast is expected to open several days earlier than average in 2016. The cherry blossoms are predicted to start opening in late March and reach their peak in early April in central Japan. Recent warm weather and above-average temperatures over the past few weeks have accelerated the pace of the cherry blossoms from earlier forecasts.
The cherry blossom season has now ended in many of Japan’s major cities, including Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Fukuoka.
The cherry blossom season is now underway in the southern Hokkaido region of Japan. The cherry blossoms front is gradually moving into the eastern and northern regions of Hokkaido.
The Cherry Blossom season typically starts in January in Okinawa and sweeps up the mainland to Hokkaido in May. With a Japan Rail Pass you can follow the cherry blossom trail by rail in comfort and style across Japan.
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 2016 in Japan
Updated 10th May 2016