Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast Dates 2018: When To Visit

There are only about two months left before the long-awaited cherry blossom season approaches Japan. This is a busy period for all Sakura fanatics who are frantically checking the air ticket prices. We are here to make it easier for you with our cherry blossom forecast dates so that you can book your trip today and secure your cheap flights!

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The blooming period typically arrives between late March and early April for most areas in Japan. However, the dates vary from one location to the next, so read on to find right dates so you don’t miss the beautiful blooms!

1. Tokyo: 29 March – 4 April

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Start of blooming: 21 March

2. Kyoto: 5 April – 11 April

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Start of blooming: 31 March

3. Osaka: 5 April – 11 April

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Start of blooming: 1 April

4. Fukuoka: 1 April – 7 April

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Start of blooming: 25 March

5. Hiroshima: 4 April – 10 April

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Start of blooming: 27 March

6. Nara: 6 April – 12 April

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Start of blooming: 3 April

7. Yokohama: 3 April – 9 April

Credit: Yokohama Official Visitors’ Guide

Start of blooming: 25 March

8. Fuji Five Lakes: 31 March – 6 April

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Start of blooming: 25 March

9. Fukushima: 8 April – 14 April

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Start of blooming: 6 April

10. Hokkaido: 29 April – 4 May

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Start of blooming: 27 April

11. Sapporo: 2 May – 8 May

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Start of blooming: 1 May

12. Okinawa

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Blooming period: Mid-January – Early February

The cherry blossoms usually start blooming from South to North, which explains the vast difference in blooming dates. For those of you who are already packing for your trip right now, head over to Okinawa to catch Sakuras that start blooming from mid-January. Fret not if you are going to miss the cherry blossom peak periods by just a little, the cherry blossoms in Hokkaido bloom a month later than most!

SEE ALSO: Korea Cherry Blossom Forecast 2018

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