When to see cherry blossoms in 2019

When to see cherry blossoms in 2019

Considered as the unofficial national flower of Japan, the sakura flower i.e. the Japanese cherry blossom is a thing of beauty admired by travellers from all around the world. Every spring season, people enthusiasts and tourists alike converge in Japan during the spring season to see this beautiful display of natures finest - trees blooming with soft pink or white flowers. There is a Japanese tradition called hanami which is all about getting together with your friends and family, on a picnic under the blooming trees to admire the stunning beauty of these flowers. This tradition has become quite popular with tourists to as it is a great way to enjoy the entire experience of seeing the beautiful flowers and spending a lovely time with your friends. 

If you are interested in seeing Japan's famous cherry blossoms then to start your planning process it's best to consider two things - when and where. Though you can plan the general timeline around which you can travel to Japan, however, the specifics can be a bit tricky. So every year the Japan Meteorological Corporation releases the forecasts for the cherry blossoms. They try to predict, when the flowers will reach full bloom in about thousand different locations, around Japan. To make your planning a little easier, we have gathered information about the cherry blossom forecast for 2018 and made a list of the best cherry blossom spots in Japan.

The second forecast for 2019 was released on 1 February. Currently, blooms are expected in to begin on 20 March in Tokyo, with the full bloom reached on 28 March.

On Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture, flowers are expected to start showing up around 3 May, and hit full bloom on 6 May. Meanwhile, blooms in major cities on Japan’s main island of Honshu will come a bit earlier than in the north. Kyoto will see blooms around 27 March and reach its full heights on 4 April, while Osaka’s bloom is expected to come a day earlier, on 26 March, and peak on 3 April.