Japan Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast for 2018
This year’s cherry blossom forecast is expected to open earlier than average schedule across Japan in 2018 due to a recent streak of high temperatures in March. The cherry blossoms are predicted to start opening in late March and reach their peak in early April in Central Japan. The cherry blossoms in Tokyo are expected to open on March 22, while in Kyoto, they are predicted to open on March 25.
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.
We 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 2018 in Japan
Updated 11th March 2018