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Update on the 2019 Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

The Cherry Blossom Season or Sakura in Japan is almost upon us! This year's buds are predicted to arrive a little earlier than normal, that's according to both the 10 January and 24 January 2019 updates from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Although you should note that they were off by a day in 2018, just to share a bit of perspective haha

two ladies pose for a photo under a cherry tree during sakura, Japan
A popular time of year for locals and visitors alike

Even in the weeks running up to an individual season it can be difficult to predict the peak bloom or Hanami. That can mean a little guess work when planning a tour or cruise itinerary which can sell out many months in advance.

Peak blooms are a much anticipated phenomenon around the country, with a typical season rolling in from the west or southwest on through the more middle regions and arriving later to the northern island of Hokkaido in its grand finale. The process may be spread late March through the end of May.

anticipated dates of blooms for the 2019 cherry blossom season in japan
What we've gleaned from the JMA

When can I see the blooms this year, in 2019?

While the best resource for this is the strangely fun, yet complex Sakura page from Kinshou, I've included a brief table (above) to help navigate popular cities and their predicted bloom & peak bloom dates to help keep it fun and simple.

More information is available direct from Kinshou.


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