Japan Cherry Blossom 2020 Forecast & 40 Photo-Worthy Spots You’ll Need To Know

As spring approaches, thousands of cherry blossom fanatics from all over the world would flock to Japan to catch a glimpse of the elusive flower. Cherry blossoms have been deeply revered for its symbolism which signifies the fleeting nature of life. Although a sight to behold, these riotous blooms have very short blooming periods, ranging from a few days and up to 14 days before the blossoms start to fall.

The cherry blossoms are reportedly expected to boom earlier than usual this year. Here is an overview of Japan’s 2020 cherry blossom forecast as well as top destinations for the most popular cities to maximise your Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) experience!

Japan Cities 2020 Cherry Blossom Prediction Flowering Full Bloom Dates

1. Tokyo

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Flowering: March 19
Full bloom: March 27

Top Destinations:

  1. Meguro River
  2. Shinjuku Gyoen
  3. Chidorigafuchi
  4. Ueno Park
  5. Rikugien Garden

2. Fuji Five Lake

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Flowering: Early April
Full bloom: Mid April

Top Destinations:

  1. Chureito Pagoda
  2. Lake Kawaguchiko
  3. Oshino Hakkai
  4. Iyashi no Sato
  5. Urui River

3. Kyoto

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Flowering: March 23
Full bloom: April 1

Top Destinations:

  1. Philosopher’s Path
  2. Yodogawa Riverside Park
  3. Ninna-ji Temple
  4. Maruyama Park
  5. Daigoji Temple
  6. Heian Shrine
  7. Sagano and Arashiyama districts

4. Nara

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Flowering: March 27
Full bloom: April 3

Top Destinations:

  1. Matabei Zakura
  2. Mount Yoshino
  3. Nara Park
  4. Koriyama Castle

5. Okinawa

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Flowering: Late January
Full bloom: Early Feb

Top Destinations:

  1. Naha Sakura Festival 2020 (Yogi Park)
  2. Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival (Nakijin Castle)
  3. Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival (Motobu Town)
  4. Nago Cherry Blossom Festival (Nago Central Park)
  5. Yaese Cherry Blossom Festival (Yaese Park)

6. Osaka

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Flowering: March 25
Full bloom: April 1

Top Destinations:

  1. Osaka Mint Bureau
  2. Osaka Castle Park
  3. Expo 70 Commemorative Park
  4. Kema Sakuranomiya Park
  5. Satsukiyama Park 

7. Sapporo

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Flowering: May 1
Full bloom: May 5

Top Destinations:

  1. Hokkaido Shrine
  2. Odori Park
  3. Moerenuma Park
  4. Nakajima Park

8. Kanazawa

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Flowering: April 1
Full bloom: April 7

Top Destinations:

  1. Kenrokuen Garden
  2. Kanazawa Castle
  3. Saigawa River Terrace
  4. Mt. Okuutatsu Park
  5. Kazuemachi Geisha Street

In Japan, the blooming period typically occurs between late March and early April, varying across the region based on the geographical location within the country. The forecast dates are subject to weather conditions.

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