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Cherry Blossom Forecast and Report in Japan 2017
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Cherry Blossom Forecast and Report in Japan 2017

Spring is an extremely popular time in Japan. Cherry blossoms bloom for a limited time and it's best to view them during their peak time. This mini guide explains when the first cherry blossoms are predict to bloom.

Cherry Blossom Forecast and Report in Japan 2017

Japan is a country with four seasons and the weather and events are very different every season. Spring time in Japan means cherry blossoms and cherry blossom festivals. The most common type of cherry blossom tree is the Somei-Yoshino  cherry blossom tree. Cherry blossoms symbolize so much in Japan, from the way clouds look to the “Japanese spirit”. Japanese cherry blossoms have been used in manga, anime, films, and art; they are always representing something within the story. Hanami, meaning flower viewing started in the Nara period (710–794). Hanami soon spread to the samurai class during the Edo period and then to all the common people. To encourage more hanami, Yoshimune Tokugawa planted designated areas of cherry blossom trees. Hanami then and now is people celebrating cherry blossoms, friendship, and drinking.

Cherry Blossom Forecast and Report in Japan 2017

According to the Japanese company, Earth Communication Provider, the first cherry blossoms begin blooming on March 21, 2017 in Tokyo. Other noted metropolitan areas listed on the table to the right of the diagram below include Fukuoka cherry blossoms and Yokohama cherry blossoms on March 25th, Hiroshima cherry blossoms on March 27th and Nagoya cherry blossoms on March 28th, followed by Osaka cherry blossoms on April 1st, and Sendai cherry blossoms on April 4th. It is certain that many cherry blossom festivals will be held in various areas around Japan.

 

Cherry Blossom Forecast on each location in 2017

The table predicts when this year’s cherry blossoms are going to bloom and they are comparing lasts year’s data too. According to the report, the peak period in Tokyo will be the end of March. If you are unable to go to Tokyo or you miss the peak period of the cherry blossoms, there are many more locations all around Japan where cherry blossoms will bloom later than March. Spring is a very popular time in Japan for cherry blossom festivals, hotels will be filling up fast so it is best to make reservations as soon as possible so you can get a chance to see the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Major Cities
Area Begin Blooming Full Bloom
Tokyo March 21 April 1
Kyoto March 31 April 9
Osaka April 1 April 9
Nagoya March  28 April 8
Fukuoka March 25 April 4
Hokkaido
Area Begin Blooming Full Bloom
Muroran May 1 May 6
Hakodate April 26 April 30
Sapporo May 1 May 5
Tohoku
Area Begin Blooming Full Bloom
Aomori April 19  April 23
Akita April 17 April 21
Morioka April 17 April 23
Sendai April 6 April 12
Yamagata April 12 April 17
Fukushima April 9 April 13
Kanto
Area Begin Blooming Full Bloom
Mito March 31  April 10
Utsunomiya March 31 April 9
Maebashi March 31 April 9
Kumagaya March 28 April 5
Tokyo March 21 April 1
Choshi April 3 April 11
Yokohama March 25 April 6
Nagano April 14 April 19
Kofu March 31 April 7
Tokai & Hokuriku
Area Begin Blooming Full Bloom
Niigata April 9 April 14
Toyama April 8 April 13
Kanazawa April 5 April 12
Fukui April 7 April 12
Shizuoka March 31 April 9
Nagoya March 28 April 8
Gifu March 28 April 8
Mie April 1 April 7
Kinki
Area Begin Blooming Full Bloom
Shiga April 6 April 13
Kyoto March 31 April 9
Osaka April 1 April 9
Kobe April 1 April 10
Nara April 5 April 12
Wakayama March 31 April 8
Chugoku & Shikoku
Area Begin Blooming Full Bloom
Okayama April 2 April 9
Hiroshima March 27 April 6
Matsue April 4 April 11
Tottori April 4 April 11
Shimonoseki March 29 April 8
Takamatsu March 31 April 9
Tokushima April 4 April 11
Matsuyama March 31 April 10
Kochi March 29 April 6
Kyushu
Area Begin Blooming Full Bloom
Fukuoka March 25 April 4
Oita March 31 April 10
Nagasaki March 31 April 9
Saga March 31 April 7
Kumamoto March 30 April 9
Miyazaki April 5 April 14
Kagoshima April 6 April 15

 

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    February 1, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Will be in Kyoto 4/6-4/9…do we have a good chance to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom?

    • Allison

      Allison

      February 1, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Thanks for your comment. By then, you will probably catch the last portion of the cherry blossoms.

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