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Book your flights! Here's the exact date Japan's cherry blossom season is expected to start this year

By AYIE LICSI Published Jan 12, 2023 8:47 pm

Spring is coming and it means one thing in Japan—sakura season! For those who want to visit the country while cherry blossoms are in full bloom, mark your calendars because the pink flowers will be coming in March.

For 2023, the Japan Meteorological Corporation said cherry blossoms are expected to bloom in Tokyo starting March 22, two days later than last year. Full bloom, meanwhile, is predicted for March 30.

The pink flowers are forecasted to start blooming in areas south of Tokyo, like Kawazu and Atami, beginning in the early months of the year. Meanwhile, regions north of Japan, including Sendai and Hokkaido can expect sakura season by April and May.

According to Live Japan, the best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan are  Moerenuma Park in Sapporo, Kakunodate Bukeyashiki-dore in Akita, and Ueno Park in Tokyo, and more.

Here's the forecast of flowering and full bloom dates for each area:

  • Tokyo - flowering: March 23,  full bloom: March 30
  • Sapporo - flowering: May 2, full bloom: May 5
  • Sendai - flowering: April 8, full bloom: April 13
  • Kanazawa - flowering: April 4, full bloom: April 10
  • Nagoya - flowering: March 25, full bloom: April 4
  • Kyoto - flowering: March 27, full bloom: April 5
  • Osaka - flowering: March 28, full bloom: April 5
  • Hiroshima - flowering: March 26, full bloom: April 4
  • Fukuoka - flowering: March 23, full bloom: April 1

Japan will also have a variety of cherry blossom festivals for the sakura season called hanami that you can join.