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Japan cherry blossom forecast 2019

Japan´s most beloved flowers, the cherry blossom (or sakura in Japanese), are often associated with April, but they will be at their most beautiful in Tokyo before that, says forecast.

With Christmas and New Year´s over, it is time to start looking forward to spring, and in Japan, that means looking forward to cherry blossoms. As beautiful as Japan´s cherry blossoms are, they are also tremendously fickle as to when they will make their appearance. Thankfully though, the Japan Meteorological Corporation has just released its forecast of when the flowers are expected to bloom this year, with March 18th being the first predicted date for sakura to bloom (outside of tropical Okinawa Prefecture).
That March 18th debut date, however, is for Kochi, on the island of Shikoku. If you are looking to get your sakura fix in Japan´s capital, March 22nd is when the cherry blossoms will start to bloom in Tokyo, Japan Meteorological Corporation says, which is four days earlier than average for the city. On the other hand, if you want to see sakura in Japan´s previous capital, Kyoto, you will need to wait until March 25th.

The by-city predicted dates of first blossoming are:
- Kochi: March 18th
- Fukuoka: March 20th
- Tokyo: March 22nd
- Nagoya: March 22nd
- Hiroshima: March 23rd
- Wakayama: March 24th
- Kyoto: March 25th
- Osaka: March 27th
- Kagoshima: March 28th
- Kanawa: April 2nd
- Nagano: April 9th
- Sendai: April 9th
- Aomori: April 24th
- Sapporo: May 4th

I should also mention that these are Japan Meteorological Corporation´s current estimates, and are subject to revision should unexpected changes to sakura-related conditions occur. Still, I have got these dates circled on my calendar now, and we will see if anything changes.
Nevertheless, if you are planning on visiting Japan this early spring, keep the dates in mind if you want to experience the beautiful sakura trees fully blossom!

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