With a natural and brilliant beauty, cherry blossom and Mount Fuji are the two most typical symbols of Japan. The cherry blossom season is always the most beautiful time that visitors want to come and look forward to admiring a full shimmering, glamorous, romantic beauty of Japanese in cherry blossoms. Watching cherry blossom petals blooming, flying in the wind and enjoying a glass of sake will surely leave you a lot of unforgettable impressions. Are you finding the cherry blossom Japan 2018 dates and best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan? Let’s find out the dates of Japan cherry blossom season 2018: Cherry blossom Japan 2018 forecast (cherry blossom Japan 2018 forecast, cherry blossom Japan 2018 dates, Japan cherry blossom 2018 forecast) — The detail dates & top 10 best places to see cherry blossoms in japan with Living Nomads below.

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Kyoto cherry blossom
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Evening cherry blossoms in Japan. Foto: cherry blossom tokyo 2018 forecast blog.
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Cherry blossoms in Japan
Pink sakura and pink line – an image by Masayuki Yamashita describing the beauty of cherry blossom at night
Cherry blossoms in Osaka castle.
Cherry blossoms in Osaka castle.

The 2018 cherry blossom season is coming, have you known the time for the cherry blossom or not? Let’s follow Living Nomads to explore the secret of this flower!

When does Japan’s sakura bloom?

Every spring, when the weather becomes warm, the whole country of Japan is bright in the pink color and a light aroma of cherry flowers. Spring in Japan usually begins in March and lasts until May. This is also the time of cherry blossom. Normally at the end of March and April, it is the period of cherry blossom. This is an ideal time for you to fully admire the beauty of cherry blossoms.

Land of mist. Foto: cherry blossom tokyo 2018 forecast blog.

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Cherry blossoms in different regions of Japan

As Japan is a country stretching from north to south, climate and terrain are different in each region, cherry blossom will have different blooming schedules. The earliest cherry blossoms in Okinawa is in early January and until May in Hokkaido. The time of cherry blossom, which is most brilliant in all parts of Japan, is usually at the end of March and early April.

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Omiya Koen Park in Saitama, Tokyo

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An old couple admiring cherry blossom in the park. Picture: cherry blossom japan 2018 dates blog.

The cherry blossom time is also the time when Japanese people celebrate the Hanami Festival. That is the most popular flower-viewing festival in Japan every spring. This is a large festival with thousands of years of history and is considered as the national holiday of the Japanese. They usually organize picnics right under the cherry trees, be together to eat, sing, talk and enjoy the cool air of spring!

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Meguro River-Naka Meguro. Image credit: cherry blossom japan 2018 forecast blog.

Cherry blossoms in Nara
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Sumida Park, Tokyo. Image credit: cherry blossom japan 2018 forecast blog.
Osaka – where the historic and modern atmosphere stay harmoniously. Photo: jtbgenesis

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Japan cherry blossom season 2018 — Japan cherry blossom 2018 forecast: Cherry blossom Japan 2018 dates and top 10 best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan

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cherry blossom japan 2018 dates map

Cherry blossoms in each part of Japan are different so Living Nomads has selected top 10 ideal locations with cherry blossoms forecast to help you plan and have the ability to admire the attractive flowers in spring.

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Image credit: cherry blossom japan 2018 forecast blog.
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Rowing boats during cherry blossom at Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo

Now take a look at the Cherry Blooming Forecast for 2018 given below.

Okinawa

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Cherry blossoms season in Okinawa. Image credit: cherry blossom japan 2018 forecast blog.
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Events in Okinawa cherry blossom festival
Nakijin Castle Remains in Okinawa
Nakijin Castle Remains in Okinawa

Time of cherry bloom: from mid – January to mid – February.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Nago Chuo Park, Nakijin Castle, Yogi Park.

Osaka

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Cherry blossoms road in Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka
Osaka Castle, Osaka. Image credit: cherry blossom japan 2018 forecast blog.

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Tourists enjoy the cherry blossom at Osaka Mint Bureau
Tourists enjoy the cherry blossom at Osaka Mint Bureau. Photo by: japan cherry blossom season 2018 blog.

Time of cherry bloom: from March 29th to April 12th.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Osaka Mint Bureau, Osaka Castle Park.

Nara

Nara Park in cherry blossoms season
Nara Park in cherry blossoms season
Koriyama Castle Park
Koriyama Castle Park
Cherry Blossoms on Mt Yoshinoyama Nara
Cherry Blossoms on Mt Yoshinoyama Nara. Photo by: japan cherry blossom season 2018 blog.

Time of cherry bloom: from March 28th to April 11th.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Nara Park, Mount Yoshino, Koriyama Castle Park.

Kyoto

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Kiyomizu-dera temple in cherry blossom season
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Cherry blossoms season in Kyoto
Maruyama Park. Kyoto
Maruyama Park. Kyoto
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Sakura in Daigo-ji temple. Photo by: japan cherry blossom season 2018 blog.
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Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto, Japan

Time of cherry bloom: from late March to mid – April.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Maruyama Park, Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto Gosho, Shirakawa, Arashiyama, Daigoji Temple.

Tokyo

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Sumida Park Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
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Ueno Koen Park, Tokyo. Image by: cherry blossom season japan 2018 blog.
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Yoyogi Park Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
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Yomiuri Land. One of the best places to view cherry blossoms in Tokyo.
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Uneo park. Image by: cherry blossom season japan 2018 blog.

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Danilo Dungo. Picture: cherry blossom japan 2018 dates blog.

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Time of cherry bloom: from March 26th to April 11th.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Ueno Onshi Park, Shinjuku Gyoen, Sumida Park, Meguro Park, Yoyogi Park.

Fukushima

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Spring blossoms sakura in Fukushima
Japanese cherry blossoms (sakura)of Hanmiyama, Fukushima, Japan
Japanese cherry blossoms (sakura)of Hanmiyama, Fukushima, Japan. Foto: cherry blossom tokyo 2018 forecast blog.
Cherry Blossom Viewing at Hanamiyama Park
Cherry Blossom Viewing at Hanamiyama Park
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Shinobuyama Park. Image credit: cherry blossom japan 2018 forecast blog.

Time of cherry bloom: from mid – March to late April.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Shinobuyama Park, Hanamiyama Park.

Hiroshima

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Hiroshima: Cherry blossoms viewing spot. Image credit: cherry blossom japan 2018 forecast blog.
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Hiroshima Castle Cherry Blossom
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park cherry blossom
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park cherry blossom. Photo by: japan cherry blossom season 2018 blog.
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Shukkeien Garden

Time of cherry bloom: from March 27th to April 12th.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Hiroshima Peace Park, Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Garden.

Fukuoka

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Fukuoka cherry blossoms
Cherry blossoms road beside river
Cherry blossoms road beside river. Photo by: japan cherry blossom season 2018 blog.
Check-in at Nishi Park in cherry blossoms season
Check-in at Nishi Park in cherry blossoms season
Fukuoka Castle Sakura Festival at night
Fukuoka Castle Sakura Festival at night

Time of cherry bloom: from March 25th to April 10th.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: San Hou Park, Fukuoka Castle, Otago Shrine, Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Nishi Park.

Aomori

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Cherry Blossoms in Aomori. Photo by: japan cherry blossom season 2018 blog.
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it Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture, one of the best spots for cherry blossoms in Japan
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Hirosaki Cherry Blossoms Festival
Cherry blossom blooming full in Hirosaki park, Aomori
Cherry blossom blooming full in Hirosaki Park, Aomori

Time of cherry bloom: from April 22nd to May 4th.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Ashino National Park, Hirosaki Park.

Hokkaido

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Hokkaido Best cherry blossom-viewing spot. Foto: cherry blossom tokyo 2018 forecast blog.
Hokkaido from above
Hokkaido from above
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Koganei Park
Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival
Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival. Foto: cherry blossom tokyo 2018 forecast blog.

Time of cherry bloom: from April 29th to May 5th.
Best cherry blossom-viewing spots: Matsumae Castle, Odori Park, Koganei Park.

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Cheery Blossom River in Japan Image credits: Danilo Durango

Throughout Japan, the period of from late March to early April is the time when flowers bloom most. A few places where flowers will bloom early in January. Several years, the cherry blossom season lasts until May in the north. The forecast is based on analysis data in 2016, 2017 and from the Japan Weather Association. The 2018 cherry blossom season will be expected to arrive a bit earlier in central and southern Japan. Please take a look at the summary table below.

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Japan cherry blossom 2018 forecast map

Japan cherry blossom 2018 forecast: Cherry blossom Japan 2018 dates

PlaceEstimated Average First BloomEstimated Average Full Bloom
Fukuoka20/329/3
Fukushima8/413/4
Hakodate (Hokkaido)30/44/5
Hiroshima27/31/4
Kanazawa5/411/4
Kobe27/35/4
Kumamoto22/331/3
Kyoto26/34/4
Matsuyama (Ehime)25/34/4
Nagano11/416/4
Nagoya20/330/3
Nara28/34/4
Osaka25/34/2
Sapporo3/56/5
Sendai9/414/4
Tokyo18/326/3
Yokohama22/331/3

The best time to see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo is in March 26th, in Hiroshima is in April 1st, in Osaka is April 2nd, in Kyoto is April 4th. You should also remember that most full cherry blossoms are only within a week.

Beautiful cherry blossom blooming at Mt Fuji
Beautiful cherry blossom blooming at Mt Fuji – a well-known symbol of Japan

Japanese beautiful cherry blossom season is so charming and attractive. Let’s record the beautiful time when traveling to Japan and seeing the full blooming of cherry flowers with Living Nomads!

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