Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2016

Cherry Blossoms at Gifu Park in Gifu City

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

Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast Chart 2016


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John Asano is a blogger, traveler and freelance writer living in Gifu, Japan. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he has lived in Japan now for over 12 years. John loves nothing better than picking up his camera and exploring all the amazing sights and attractions that Japan has to offer. He writes about the must see sights and attractions in Japan at Japan Travel Advice, as well as about Japanese culture and modern life on his blog Japan Australia. You can read more of his work at http://japan-australia.blogspot.com/