Planning your spring getaway to Japan? The Japan Meteorological Corporation has recently released the cherry blossom forecast for Japan, and the anticipated bloom dates are slightly earlier this year!

The cherry blossoms, known as sakura, signals the beginning of spring. The arrival of these flowers is an annual event so significant, that there are forecasts pinpointing exactly when and where the flowers are expected to bloom. 

Hokkaido and Tohoku Region

Hakodate (Hokkaido)
Forecast flowering: May 2
Forecast full bloom: May 6
´╗┐Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Forecast flowering: May 4
Forecast full bloom: May 8
Aomori (Aomori Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: April 24
Forecast full bloom: April 28
Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: April 9
Forecast full bloom: April 14
Fukushima (Fukushima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: April 5
Forecast full bloom: April 10

Kanto-Koushin Region

Tokyo
Forecast flowering: March 22
Forecast full bloom: March 29
Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 26
Forecast full bloom: April 3
Kofu (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 25
Forecast full bloom: April 1
Nagano (Nagano Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: April 9
Forecast full bloom: April 15

Hokuriku and Tokai Region

Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: April 2
Forecast full bloom: April 9
Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 22
Forecast full bloom: April 1

Kinki Region

Kyoto (Kyoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 25
Forecast full bloom: April 2
Osaka (Osaka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 27
Forecast full bloom: April 3
Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 27
Forecast full bloom: April 5
Nara (Nara Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 26
Forecast full bloom: April 3

Chugoku and Shikoku Region

Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 23
Forecast full bloom: April 1
Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 21
Forecast full bloom:March 31

Kyushu Region

Fukuoka (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 20
Forecast full bloom: March 27
Kumamoto (Kumamoto Prefecture)
Forecast flowering: March 19
Forecast full bloom:March 29