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The First Cherry Blossom Forecast of 2019

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Japan is great to visit all year round, but it's no secret that one of the best times of year to explore the Land of the Rising Sun is cherry blossom season! As one of the most popular periods for travel, it pays to plan ahead—which is why we're pleased to bring you the first forecast of 2019.

According to the JMC, cherry blossoms will bloom a little earlier in 2019 than most years. Southern areas of Japan are typically the first to see these beautiful flowers burst into bloom, and then they slowly make their way north. Here are the current projections for major regions so far:

Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture - March 20
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture - March 22
Tokyo - March 22
Osaka, Osaka Prefecture - March 27
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture - April 9
Sapporo, Hokkaido - May 10

From current projections, visitors will have over a month in which they can see sakura throughout the country!

Since we're still a few months away from spring, the forecast is subject to change. As newer forecasts are released we'll be sure to update, so check back here if you're planning a visit! Don't forget to check out our hub for all things cherry blossom here!