Mark your calendars! Japan’s cherry blossom forecast is here

Mark your calendars! Japan’s cherry blossom forecast is here

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

We are in the coldest times of year, and one might not believe that there are flowers blooming even if the weather is freezing. But the warmer season is just around corner, as Japan’s Weathernews meteorological agency has released the cherry blossom bloom predictions for 2023.

Every year, Japan’s first cherry blossoms appear in Okinawa in late January then spread northbound up the mainland. According to the report, Tokyo will have the earliest blooms on the mainland on March 20, followed by Hiroshima (near MCAS Iwakuni) on Mar. 22 and Nagasaki (near Sasebo Naval Base) on Mar. 23. The Misawa area is expected to see sakura blossoms later on April 17. Kushiro City in Hokkaido will get cherry blossoms last around May 10, the agency predicted.

This year’s blossoms are arriving a bit earlier than usual, according to the agency. So, make plans to visit some of Japan’s favorite cherry blossom viewing spots and enjoy hanami this season!





Cherry blossom forecast dates

Sasebo: Mar. 23

Iwakuni: Mar. 22

Tokyo: Mar. 20

Kanto Plain : Mar. 21 - 29

Misawa : Apr. 17


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