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As of January 9th, the Japan Meteorological Corporation has announced Japan 2020’s first Cherry Blossom Forecast! The coming cherry blossom season looks to be a bit earlier in Tokyo this year, while most of the cherry tree blossoming will occur towards the end of March, making the first week of April the pinnacle week for hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing).
Please refer to our chart which has the expected blossoming dates for each major city, along with estimates as to when the best time to see the cherry blossoms will be. Please keep in consideration that cherry blossom season is very fickle, and depending on the weather and temperature, the dates could be pushed forward or back. Japan Deluxe Tours will attempt to continually update our cherry blossom forecast page to provide tour participants and travelers with the most accurate predictions.
Information Below is from Japan-Guide's 2020 Sakura Forecast!
Cities marked with * are for the prior year
|Location||Estimated Opening||Estimated Best Viewing|
|Tokyo*||March 21||March 28 to April 8|
|Kyoto*||March 27||April 5 to 10|
|Kagoshima*||March 28||April 4 to 12|
|Kumamoto*||March 26||March 30 to April 8|
|Fukuoka*||March 21||March 29 to April 8|
|Hiroshima*||March 22||March 30 to April 9|
|Matsuyama*||March 22||March 30 to April 9|
|Takayama*||March 28||April 4 to 12|
|Osaka*||March 27||April 4 to 10|
|Nara*||March 29||April 5 to 10|
|Nagoya*||March 22||March 31 to April 9|
|Yokohama*||March 21||March 29 to April 9|
|Kanazawa*||April 1||April 7 to 13|
Note: Japan Deluxe Tours cannot guarantee cherry blossoms will be in full bloom for viewing during your tour.
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