Here Is Japan’s Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2020

You can still catch cherry blossoms after March.

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Weathernews Inc.
announced its cherry blossom forecast for 2020 last March 10. This year, Yoshino Cherry trees are expected to blossom earlier, or slightly earlier than usual (for the last 5 years) from eastern to western Japan. This may even be as early as the current earliest record. On the other hand, the southern Kyushu area is expected to have a later blooming season than usual due to the effect of this year’s warm winter which delayed the breaking of dormancy of cherry blossoms.

English translation (from earliest):
Cherry blossom forecast for major cities in Japan (as of March 10, according to Weathernews Inc.).

Cherry blossom forecast for famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan (as of March 10, according to Weathernews Inc.).

Kansai Region

Cherry blossom forecast for Kansai region

Many places in the
Kansai region are expected to have an early blooming season. When Weathernews Inc. conducted a Nationwide Bud Survey to 2,885 cherry blossom trees (of which 2,280 are Yoshino Cherry) all over Japan, it was revealed that buds with yellow and green tips have increased, which means they had already begun to grow.

Wakayama Prefecture
is estimated to be the frontrunner of the blooming season starting on March 20, with Osaka on its tails on March 21, and then Kyoto, and so forth. If it goes smoothly, cherry blossoms in most areas will start blossoming by late March, and they may be fully bloomed by the end of the month all over the region.

Here is the forecast for the famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Kansai.

  • Hikone Castle (Shiga Prefecture) March 26.
  • Arashiyama (Kyoto) March 24.
  • Osaka Castle Park (Osaka) March 21.
  • Himeji Castle (Hyogo Prefecture) March 24.
  • Koriyama Castle (Nara Prefecture) March 24.
  • Wakayama Castle (Wakayama Prefecture) March 21.

Chugoku and Shikoku Region

Cherry blossom forecast for Chugoku and Shikoku region

Most places in the
Chugoku and Shikoku region are expected to have an early or slightly earlier blooming season. According to the Nationwide Bud Survey, the buds already began to grow. Those with yellow tips have increased and many have developed green tips.

Matsuyama City, Kochi Prefecture
is expected to have the first bloom on March 19, Hiroshima Prefecture on March 20, and Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture on March 21, and so forth. As it goes through the whole process, cherry blossoms in many areas will start blooming in late March, and fully bloomed trees can be enjoyed by the end of the month in all areas.

  • Okayama Korakuen (Okayama Prefecture) March 23.
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (Hiroshima Prefecture) March 22.
  • Matsue Jozan Park (Shimane Prefecture) March 25.
  • Utsubuki Park (Tottori Prefecture) March 25.
  • Kozan Park (Yamaguchi Prefecture) March 21.
  • Special Place of Scenic Beauty Ritsurin Garden (Kagawa Prefecture) March 21.
  • Bizan Park (Tokushima Prefecture) March 24.
  • Matsuyama Shiroyama Park (Ehime Prefecture) March 22.
  • Kochi Park (Kochi Prefecture) March 19.

Kyushu Region

Cherry blossom forecast for Kyushu region

Northern Kyushu
will have a blooming season slightly earlier or at the same time as last year due to the frequent cold it experienced breaking the dormancy of cherry blossoms. On the other hand, southern Kyushu might have a slightly later blooming than last year due to its late breaking of dormancy.


Fukuoka Prefecture
will be the first to have its flowers bloom on March 18, while Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Kyushu will follow on March 26. All areas of Kyushu will enter the blooming season by the end of March. Depending on the location, fully bloomed cherry blossoms can be seen from late March to early April.

Here is the flowering forecast for the famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyushu.

  • Maizuru Park (Fukuoka Prefecture) March 19.
  • Heiwa Shimin Park (Oita Prefecture) March 23.
  • Tateyama Park (Nagasaki Prefecture) March 23.
  • Ogi Park (Saga Prefecture) March 21.
  • Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto Prefecture) March 21.
  • Saitobaru Burial Grounds (Miyazaki Prefecture) March 27.
  • Kotsuki River (Kagoshima Prefecture) March 30.

This cherry blossom forecast is simply an estimate based on the current phase of the flower buds and its development. Weathernews Inc. will continue updating their forecast, so stay tuned for their latest announcements. The Weathernews Inc. official application and website
Sakura Ch. (Japanese only) has the latest information on 800 famous cherry blossom viewing spots in the country, so make sure to check them out to keep yourself updated. Anticipate the coming of spring and enjoy the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms!

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (10 March 2020)

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