How To See Japan’s Cherry Blossoms in 2020

Best places to visit in Japan to see cherry blossom

Beautiful Kawazu Sakura Festival , Cherry blossom full bloom in Kawazu prefecture ,Japan.

Where and when to see Japan’s cherry blossom in 2020

You’ve seen in on TV, in movies, in magazines, and on your jetsetter friend’s IG account, and now you’re interested to experience it first-hand – the majestic Cherry Blossom in Japan.

If you’re planning to see Cherry Blossoms in 2020, make sure to know when and where to visit. Here’ our 2020 Japan Sakura guide for you to check out! Looking for the best cherry blossom festivals and viewing spots in Japan? Read along to get an idea for your Sakura viewing itinerary!

2020 Cherry Blossom Forecast for Japan
2020 Cherry Blossom Forecast for Japan

What is it all about?

For the locals of Japan, the appearance of cherry blossoms, known as sakura is an indication of the beginning of spring. However, they don’t last long. Sakura only blooms for about two weeks, so a lot of people who plan on traveling to Japan need to research first before booking their trip.

There are two types of blooming stages you should know of during the flower-viewing season; the ‘kaika’ (blooming) and ‘mankai’ (full bloom).

Cherry blossom average dates (1981 – 2010)

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Prefecture Location Flowering date Full bloom date
Hokkaido Region
Hokkaido Muroran May 5 May 10
Hokkaido Hakodate April 24 May 1
Hokkaido Sapporo April 24 May 3
Tohoku Region
Aomori Aomori April 18 April 22
Iwate Morioka April 18 April 22
Miyagi Sendai April 5 April 10
Akita Akita April 16 April 20
Yamagata Yamagata April 12 April 21
Fukushima Fukushima April 5 April 8
Kanto Region
Tokyo Tokyo March 21 March 27
Ibaraki Mito March 27 April 5
Tochigi Utsunomiya March 28 April 9
Gunma Maebashi March 27 April 7
Saitama Kumagaya March 25 April 4
Chiba Choshi March 25 April 5
Kanagawa Yokohama March 21 April 1
Chubu Region
Niigata Niigata April 5 April 12
Toyama Toyama March 28 April 5
Ishikawa Kanazawa April 1 April 6
Fukui Fukui March 28 April 5
Aichi Nagoya March 22 April 4
Gifu Gifu March 22 April 2
Shizuoka Shizuoka March 28 April 6
Mie Tsu March 28 April 3
Yamanashi Kofu March 27 April 7
Nagano Nagano April 13 April 18
Kinki Region
Osaka Osaka March 27 April 4
Kyoto Kyoto March 27 April 6
Shiga Hikone April 4 April 8
Hyogo Kobe March 27 April 6
Nara Nara March 29 April 5
Wakayama Wakayama March 25 April 1
Chugoku Region
Hiroshima Hiroshima March 22 April 3
Tottori Tottori March 26 April 4
Shimane Matsue March 26 April 1
Okayama Okayama March 27 April 5
Yamaguchi Shimonoseki March 25 April 5
Shikoku Region
Tokushima Tokushima March 28 April 7
Kagawa Takamatsu March 26 April 4
Ehime Matsuyama March 22 April 5
Kochi Kochi March 22 March 29
Kyushu Region
Fukuoka Fukuoka March 21 March 29
Saga Saga March 23 April 1
Nagasaki Nagasaki March 20 April 3
Kumamoto Kumamoto March 26 April 4
Oita Oita March 24 April 6
Miyazaki Miyazaki March 22 April 5
Kagoshima Kagoshima March 25 April 9

 

Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan: The Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2020

Although the official forecast is yet to be posted in January 2020, please know that the JMC (Japan Meteorological) releases dates on the blooming season based on factors such as low temperatures during autumn and winter, cumulative temperatures, past area data, and cherry tree growth status. Cherry blossoms are very unpredictable, so best to be updated on their site for assurance.

However, according to livejapan.com, the last cherry blossoms in Japan 2020 are expected to be in Hokkaido around April 30 and in Sapporo around May 6.

To give you an idea on where to check out the best places to see Cherry Blossoms, take a look at the recommended places below:

Moerenuma Park in Sapporo

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: May 2 – May 6, 2020

This large park on the outskirts of Sapporo is one of the best destinations to experience the Cherry Blossoms in Japan. Opened in 2005, this park which was designed by Isamu Noguchi features playground equipment, sports fields, a gallery space, and a pyramid building made of glass called Hidamari.

Osaka Prefecture

Osaka Castle Cherry Blossoms
Osaka Castle Cherry Blossoms

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: March 27 to April 4, 2020

Visiting the Osaka Prefecture during the flowering season is a surprisingly wonderful experience. Take note that the cherries usually bloom in Osaka in the last week of March and the first week of April. The best place to be during this season is at the Osaka Castle Park where the castle makes up for the perfect backdrop alongside the beautiful cherry trees. However, if you want to be close to shopping and dining establishments while savoring the view of the Cherry Blossoms, then we suggest you visit Banpaku Memorial Park instead.

Goryokaku Tower in Hakodate

Goryokaku Park Tower in springtime cherry blossom full bloom season sunny day with clear blue sky, the beautiful star shaped fort in Hakodate City
Goryokaku Park Tower in springtime cherry blossom full bloom season sunny day with clear blue sky, the beautiful star-shaped fort in Hakodate City

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: April 30 – May 4, 2020

Towering 107 meters high, the Goryokaku is one of the most visited sightseeing places in Hakodate, but most especially during the flowering season. To go here, take a tram or bus from Hakodate Station. From its observatory desk, you can get a magnificent view of the Yokotsu mountain range and the illuminating cherry blossoms which usually blooms in May.

Asahigaoka Park in Furano, Hokkaido

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: May 2 – May 6, 2020

From mid-May, a lot of tourists flock at this place to have a breathtaking view of its 3000 cherry blossoms. You won’t get hungry while strolling around at the park as there are lots of restaurants to check out nearby. Aside from the cherry blossoms, you’ll also see the downtown Furano and Mt. Tokachidake which adds a pretty backdrop for this annual flowering season.

Mt. Tengu Otaru in Hokkaido

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: May 2 – May 6, 2020

Dubbed as having of the three famous night views of Hokkaido, Mt. Tengu in Otaru also happens to be a cool spot for cherry blossoms viewing. Atop the mountain, you can locate the Squirrel Park, the Tengu pavilion which displays over 700 Tengu masks collected from all over Japan, and an observatory deck where you can view the distant mountains and the Shakotan Peninsula. To go there, there are regular buses from Otaru bus station to Mt. Tenguyama.

Kawazu in Shizuoka Prefecture

Beautiful Kawazu Sakura Festival , Cherry blossom full bloom in Kawazu prefecture ,Japan.
Beautiful Kawazu Sakura Festival , Cherry blossom full bloom in Kawazu prefecture ,Japan.

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: March 28 – April 6, 2020

Located on the Izu Peninsula, Kawazu is famous for its annual Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival or Kawazu Sakura Matsuri held every February to March. Since it’s approximately 2 hours away from Tokyo, this place attracts almost two million visitors, both locals, and foreign tourists, to see large numbers of cherry blossoms, most especially in the Kawazu River, where the trees are lined up perfectly. There are over 8,000 Kawazu Sakura trees in Kawazu city lined along Kawazu River for approx 4 km.

Kumamoto Prefecture

Cherry Blossoms Season in Kumamoto
Cherry Blossoms Season in Kumamoto

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: March 26 – April 4, 2020

One of the best spots to check out the cherry blossoms is here at Kumamoto Prefecture. There’s the Suizenji Koen where hundred of trees stand, alongside a beautiful landscape garden and a pond. Isshingyo Park is also an in-demand place to check out the 400-year-old sakura tree. However, everyone is advised to take public transport, as traffic is heavy during the season.

Another option would be visiting the Kumamoto Castle surrounded by thousands of cherry trees, making it a picture-worthy place during this amazing season. Flowers usually bloom in late March to early April.

Atago Shrine in Fukuoka

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: March 21 – March 29, 2020

If you want to see the trees lit up in the evening, try visiting the Atago Shrine in Fukuoka, known to be the oldest shrine in Fukuoka. Since this place stands in a hill, one can have a breathtaking view of the Hakata Bay. Some locals also visit the Shrine to get a good viewing spot of the New Year’s first sunrise.

Nishi Park in Fukuoka

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: March 21 – March 29, 2020

Listed as one of the top 100 cherry blossom spots in Japan, Nishi Park don’t disappoint as thousand of cherry trees blooms perfectly on the hillside park from late March to early April. This place also houses the site of Terumo Shrine, the family shrine of Fukuoka’s former feudal lords. One of the best activities locals enjoy most during these times is having a picnic with their families on its green space provided in the park.

Asahikawa Park in Hokkaido

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: April 30 – May 4, 2020

Asahikawa, the second-largest city in Hokkaido, is home to a park which is a favorite amongst locals and international travelers to have a great view of the cherry blossoms. There are lots of benches to sit at and walking spaces for visitors. Aside from its Instagram-worthy spots, you can also row a boat at its clean lake.

Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture

Akashi, Japan at Akashi Castle in spring
Akashi, Japan at Akashi Castle in spring.

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: March 27 – April 6, 2020

During the last weeks of March and the first week of April, people flocks at Kobe, the southern side of the main island of Honshu, to get a great spot in viewing the cherry blossoms. Some of the spots you check out are Shukugawa Park, the Oji Zoo which houses over 700 cherry trees, and the Sumaura Park which is home to 3000 cherry blossom trees on the mountain and offering a picturesque view of Akashi, Awaji, and Kobe.

Hiroshima

Cherry Blossoms in Hiroshima Japan
Cherry Blossoms in Hiroshima Cherry Blossoms in Hiroshima Japan

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: March 22 – April 3, 2020

This place is pretty popular, especially in spring. It gets pretty crowded, lanterns start to hang up from trees, tourists from different region strolling around some spots including the Peace Memorial Park where hundreds of cherry trees are lined up in the banks of the Motoyasu River, the famous Hiroshima Castle, the Hakushima Kukencho Park, and the Shukkei-en Garden, where you can enjoy a view of the cherry blossoms while sipping a cup of tea. A lot of newlyweds also visit these spots wearing a kimono to have their photos taken.

Don’t forget to drop by at Hijiyama Park, the top hanami spot in Hiroshima where lots of people are picnicking under the trees.

Miyajima

Sakura tree in Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Hiroshima Japan
Sakura tree in Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Hiroshima Japan

Estimated Flowering and Full Bloom Dates: March 22 – April 3, 2020

The Miyajima is known to house almost 2000 cherry trees and is one of the best places to enjoy the cherry blossoms. A lot of people choose to drop by at this place after having a visit to Hiroshima. Some of the places you can’t miss include the Momiji-dani-koen Park, a perfect place for a stroll during cherry blossom season and the Five-storied pagoda surrounded with lots of cherry trees and overlooks the Itsukushima-jinja Shrine.

*The estimated Cherry Blossom flowering and full bloom dates may change. 2020 Cherry Blossom Forecast for Japan will be announced between January and February. Please save this Japan Cherry Blossom 2020 Forecast page for future updates.

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