Cherry Blossom Forecast 2020 2020年の桜の開花予想
Mt Fuji and cherry blossoms seen from Kawaguchiko
Kawazu river with cherry blossoms
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Where and when to see the cherry blossoms in Japan 2020
The cherry blossoms, sakura, symbolize the arrival of spring. Fleeting, they only reveal their beauty for two short weeks. Therefore, their cherry blossom season is eagerly anticipated and the official forecasts are the responsibility of the Japan Meteorological Corporation. To help you plan your hanami, here are the predictions for 2020. This year again, the sakura will bloom again a little earlier than usual.
FORECAST FOR SAKURA BLOOMING IN 2020
- FUKUOKA - 21 March
- HIROSHIMA - 22 March
- NAGOYA - 20 March
- TOKYO - 18 March
- KYOTO - 23 March
- OSAKA - 25 March
- KAGOSHIMA - 27 March
- NAGANO - 4 April
- AOMORI - 23 April
- SAPPORO - 1 May
Forecast details region by region
In this article, the first date corresponds to the day when the cherry blossoms will bloom, kaika, and the second date is the time when they are most beautiful and reach their full bloom, mankai. If there is no bad weather, there are about seven days between these two moments and the blossoms remain for only about five or six days.
The Sakura in Kanto
In Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kamakura, the flowers should open on 22 March (kaika), but the best time to admire them would be from 29 March to 6 April.
- For Tokyo be sure to read these articles: Six of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo
Those who will be in Japan in February will be able to enjoy an early variety, Kawazu-zakura, in the city of Kawazu on the Izu peninsula, about three hours by train from Tokyo. These cherry trees open about a month before the most famous variety, Somei Yoshino, but this year, their flowering is scheduled around 14 February (for Valentine's Day!), 10 days earlier than normal!
- Read also: The Kawazu Cherry Festival
Atami, located on the Pacific coast only about 2 hours from Tokyo, also has an early variety, Atami-zakura, which should open between mid and late February.
The Sakura in Kansai
In Kyoto, Nara and Osaka the flowers should open on 25 March, but the best time to admire them would be from 31 March to 8 April.
The Sakura in Chubu
In Kanazawa, the flowers should open on 29 March but the best time to admire them should be from 2 - 10 April.
Kitakami sakura matsuri
Credit: Jérôme Laborde
Somei Yoshino cherry trees at Takenaka Inari Jinja shrine in Kyoto
Credit: Patrick Vierthaler
Cherry Blossom in Tokyo
SAKURA IN THE CHUGOKU, KYUSHU AND SHIKOKU REGIONS
In Hiroshima (Chugoku) the flowers should open on 23 March, but the best time to admire them would be from 29 March to 6 April.
In Fukuoka (Kyushu) the flowers should bloom on 21 March, but the best time to admire them would be from 29 March to 6 April.
In Kumamoto (Kyushu) the flowers should bloom on 24 March, but the best time to admire them would be from 31 March to 8 April.
In Kagoshima (Kyushu), the flowers should bloom on 28 March but the best time to admire them should be from 4 to 11 April.
In Kochi (Shikoku) each year, this is where the flowers first bloom (if we don't include Okinawa, where the different varieties of the archipelago open in January), they predict the cherry blossoms will bloom on the 21 March.
In Matsuyama and Takamatsu (Shikoku) the flowers should bloom on 23 and 24 March, but the best time to admire them should be from 31 March to 8 April.
IN THE NORTHERN REGIONS: TOHOKU AND HOKKAIDO
In Fukushima and Sendai (Tohoku) the flowers should bloom on 7 and 8 April respectively, but the best period to admire them should be from 10 - 18 April and from 13 - 21 April.
In Hakodate and Sapporo (Hokkaido) the flowers should bloom on April 25 and 26 respectively, but the best period to admire them should be from 28 April to 5 May.
- Read also: Top three places for hanami in Sendai