2022 cherry blossom forecast for Japan

The Japanese cherry blossom, or sakura, has long been adored by people across the globe. It is regarded as a symbol of renewal, vitality, and beauty. During the spring season of each year, thousands travel to Japan to view the wondrous spectacle of these white or pink flowers blooming en masse.

Update (April 1, 2022): Forecast for 2022 Cherry Blossom Season.

Cherry blossom in Japan

Japanese families also eagerly await this time. Many attend cherry blossom festivals or simply enjoy hanami, the tradition of viewing and enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossom. Many people indulge in picnics beneath the blooming cherry trees.

Yoyogi Park cherry blossoms

A Japanese hanami is an experience of a lifetime, especially if you must travel from afar!

If you are planning a trip to see Japan’s famous cherry blossoms in 2022, there are two things to consider – where and when to visit. There are many prime locations with a variety of features – some have the oldest trees, others the most trees, and some are close to historic areas or other sites of interest. You can quickly and easily travel between many locations by train using your Japan Rail Pass.

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Japan cherry blossom season 2022

The cherry blossom usually start from the south, at the end of March, in Kyushu, where the temperature begins to rise earlier, and the cherry blossoms bloom northward until early May in Hokkaido.

Keep in mind: most flowers usually take a week to reach full bloom once flowering has begun and that full bloom also lasts around a week.

The sakura (cherry blossom in japanese) average blooming time can vary widely based on the geographical location within the country. Areas with milder winter climates produce earlier bloom times. Blooms usually open first in the southern region, and blooming progresses northward. Wind, rain, and temperature can cause the blossoms to appear either earlier or later than average and can lengthen or shorten the blooming season.

Cherry Blossom 2022 Japan

Take a look at the average dates to get a rough idea of the dates for 2022, but don’t forget to check back later to get the latest and most recent forecasts.

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Japan major cities 2022 forecast

Find below the 2022 forecast for cherry blossom in Japan’s major cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Yokohama.

City Est. Opening Est. Full Bloom
Tokyo March 23 March 30
Kyoto March 27 April 4
Osaka March 28 April 4
Nagoya March 24 April 2
Yokohama March 25 April 5
Fukuoka March 20 March 29

As you can see, the estimated opening of the cherry blossom season and approximate best viewing time for 2022 all fall within a similar period of time across the major cities in Japan, although cities in the south experience sakura slightly earlier than those in the north.

2022 forecast by regions

Below you’ll find a map of the 2022 cherry blossom forecast for Japan by region, as well as a complete list of the estimated opening dates and best viewing times for the major cities within each region.

japan cherry blossom forecast map 2022

As it is linked to the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere and the resulting increase in temperatures, the cherry blossom season in Japan usually starts at the bottom of the archipelago and moves from south to north across the regions. As you can see from the map above, 2022 will be no different.

Check out the region-by-region forecasts in the tables below, starting with Kyushu, to the south, and ending in Hokkaido, the northernmost region of Japan.

Kyushu region

City Est. Opening Est. Full Bloom
Fukuoka March 20 March 29
Saga March 25 April 2
Nagasaki March 22 March 31
Kumamoto March 23 April 1
Oita March 23 April 3
Miyazaki March 22 April 1
Kagoshima March 24 April 4

Chugoku & Shikoku regions

City Est. Opening Est. Full Bloom
Hiroshima March 26 April 4
Tottori March 31 April 6
Matsue March 29 April 5
Okayama March 28 April 4
Shimonoseki March 26 April 4
Tokushima March 29 April 6
Takamatsu March 26 April 4
Matsuyama March 27 April 5
Kochi March 22 March 29

Kansai region

City Est. Opening Est. Full Bloom
Osaka March 28 April 4
Kyoto March 27 April 4
Hikone April 3 April 9
Kobe March 28 April 5
Nara March 30 April 5
Wakayama March 28 April 5

Chubu region

City Est. Opening Est. Full Bloom
Niigata April 9 April 14
Toyama April 6 April 10
Kanazawa April 5 April 10
Fukui April 5 April 9
Nagoya March 24 April 2
Gifu March 26 April 2
Shizuoka March 26 April 3
Tsu March 28 April 1
Kofu March 25 April 2
Nagano April 10 April 15

Kanto region

City Est. Opening Est. Full Bloom
Tokyo March 23 March 30
Mito March 30 April 6
Utsunomiya March 29 April 5
Maebashi March 28 April 4
Kumagaya March 26 April 2
Choshi March 31 April 7
Yokohama March 25 April 2

Tohoku & Hokkaido regions

City Est. Opening Est. Full Bloom
Aomori April 21 April 25
Morioka April 18 April 23
Sendai April 9 April 13
Akita April 18 April 22
Yamagata April 13 April 17
Fukushima April 6 April 10
Sapporo April 28 May 2
Muroran May 1 May 6
Hakodate April 27 April 30

Once you’ve decided on which of the best cherry blossom spots in Japan (or just in Tokyo or in Kyoto) you will visit for Hanami, you will want to time your stay so that you will get the most from your cherry blossom experience. Why? Because not every location experiences full bloom at the same time.

Don’t forget to check out our sakura travel tips: you are sure to have a trip to remember with your Japan Rail Pass.

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