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It’s NO exaggeration when I say that every Japanese and (almost) every keen traveler in the world keeps a close watch on the Japan cherry blossom forecast or sakura (桜) forecast at the start of every year! After all, who wouldn’t want to catch the short-lived yet magical spring season wherein every space in the country is enveloped in shades of soft pink and white?

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Now, I say ‘short-lived’ because cherry blossoms stay on their branches for only about 10 days (it can last for 2 weeks if the weather is perfect or less than 10 if the weather is ghastly).

As if that doesn’t make it elusive enough, it’s not always a guarantee that you can get to enjoy them at their peak — but then again, don’t fret: the Japan cherry blossom forecast that is available nowadays is close to accurate in predicting the cherry blossoms’ first opening and full bloom.

…And as such, this is where this post comes in!

I’ve already had several trips to Japan where I got to enjoy the beauty of this season and now, it is my hope that you get to enjoy it too! So with the help of the forecast map below, you could start planning a successful Japan cherry blossom adventure as early as now.

Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast Map

(For a Pinterest-sized version of this Japan cherry blossom forecast map, scroll to the bottom of this post)
  • DISCLAIMER: The above data is as of March 2023 and it is based on the forecast done by the Japan Meteorological Corporation. Take note that sudden changes in temperature, rainfall, and wind strength can accelerate, delay or shorten the forecast above — but you can already use this initial forecast as a preliminary guide. Rest assured, I will keep this post updated once dates happen to change so come drop by from time to time!

Cherry blossom trees in Japan bloom in an upward direction starting from the island of Okinawa (sometime in the middle of January) and then ending at Hokkaido (around the end of April or beginning of May).

So if you think about it… provided that you’ve got the time and the money, you can totally indulge in a 3-month long travel spree to enjoy the whole pink season!

But of course — not everyone can do such a thing, so if you only have a limited vacation time for Japan, below is a list of some of the best and most popular spots for viewing the cherry blossom season!

Best Cherry Blossom Spots

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